The following passage gives a glimpse into the many achievements of Dr [or rather, Mr, the correct address for a surgeon] Basil Lang. Within just a short time-span, Basil had accomplished far more than many 'lesser mortals' added together. 'Mr Basil Lang, M.A., B.Ch, F.R.C.S., Surgeon to the Royal Ophthalmic Hospital...a very able ophthalmic surgeon and man of great attainment and originality of mind'. After detailing his achievements, it also says that Basil 'took endless trouble for his patients, poor or rich, and would go any distance to serve a friend. Those who knew him best looked upon him as a man of astonishing capacity who, although he achieved a great deal, never quite did full justice to his powers, and sowed much with both hands for others to reap'.