Meeting – July 5 2018

Meetings of the Society
Auckland Medical History Society

 

 

 

 

The next meeting of the Auckland Medical History Society will be held in the Ernest and Marion Davis Library at Auckland City Hospital on

Thursday 5 July 2018

The evening will be as follows:

  • 6.00pm: Refreshments will be served in the Ernest and Marion Davis Library
  • 6.30pm: Buffet Dinner will be served in the dining room
  • 7.30pm: Guest presentations*

PRESENTATIONS

  1. ‘Dr George Hatem: Ridding Mao’s China of venereal disease’              Presented by Prof Bruce Arroll
  1. ‘Life and times of the first female doctors in New Zealand’ Presented by Charlotte-Rose Rennie-Younger 

DINNER PRICES

  • Members: $32
  • Non-members and guests: $40
  • Students with ID: $18
  • Glass of wine: $5
  • Bottle of wine: $20
  • Table water and juice are complimentary.

Please pay for your dinner and wine vouchers in advance, then collect the vouchers with your name badge on the night of the dinner.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR DINNER BOOKINGS

  • Send the names of attendees to bookings@amhs.co.nz with confirmation that you have made payment to the Auckland Medical History Society account: 02 0160 0237509 00 via the internet, or cheque (made out to the Auckland Medical History Society) and sent to P E Holst, AMHS Treasurer, PO Box 482, Orewa 0946  for dinner +/- wine vouchers.
  • If no e-mail access call Diane on 0274 305 326 with the names of attendees, method of payment and your phone number.
  • Final booking time:  Please provide your booking details by midday on Mon 2 July 2018.  Cancellations with refund or credit of any payment made will be accepted by phone or email as above until noon on Weds 4 July 2018.  Please pay in advance of the evening so that we can pay our caterers before the event.

*Payment is not required if you are attending the presentations only.

Presenter – Bruce Arroll

Bruce was born in Auckland and attended Auckland Medical School 1973 to 1978. In 1981 he went to McMaster Medical School in Hamilton Ontario to do his family medicine training. He stayed in Canada for 7 years and returned to New Zealand and ultimately joined the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care where he is a Professor. He is also a partner in Greenstone Clinic in Manurewa and has a long-standing interest in Medical history

Abstract 

Dr Hatem travelled to Shanghai in 1933 and was appalled by the living conditions of many of the Chinese people. He considered going to the Spanish Civil war in 1936 but chose to stay in China and work with the, then relatively unknown, Red Army. He first met Mao on a clandestine trip to Yan’an with the journalist CP Snow. In the 1950s and 60s he developed programmes to “cure” China of leprosy and venereal disease. Like many intellectuals he had a difficult time during the Cultural Revolution and was very close to Rewi Alley from New Zealand who also experienced difficulty. Life became easier in the 1980s where his health work made him an international figure. The talk with include a few words from David Mahon a New Zealander who writes for the listener and has lived in Beijing for over 30 years.

Presenter – Charlotte-Rose Rennie-Younger 

Charlotte-Rose was born and grew up in Auckland as the eldest of three girls. In 2015 she completed the first year of the Biomedical science course and Science Scholars programme at The University of Auckland, before joining the MBChB Class of 2020. This year she is a fourth year student at Middlemore hospital and is thoroughly enjoying learning in the clinical environment. Outside of the four walls of the hospital she has been working towards improving her Te Reo Māori language skills and has a strong interest in art and literature.

Abstract

“She’s a Doctor.”
Wife, mother, aunty, sister, daughter…doctor? An investigation of the first female medical professionals in New Zealand and their experiences. We will then fast-forward 122 years to look at the life of the 21st century female doctor and what this means for the future of healthcare in New Zealand.

Meeting – June 7 2018

Meetings of the Society
Auckland Medical History Society

 

 

 

 

The next meeting of the Auckland Medical History Society will be held in the Ernest and Marion Davis Library at Auckland City Hospital on

Thursday 7 June 2018

The evening will be as follows:

  • 6.00pm: Refreshments will be served in the Ernest and Marion Davis Library
  • 6.30pm: Buffet Dinner will be served in the dining room
  • 7.30pm: Guest presentations*

PRESENTATIONS

 

  1. Founders’ Lecture. ‘The Ernest and Marion Davis Library:  an interesting History’  Presented by Dr Jon Simcock
  2. ‘Practice makes perfect – what my patients taught me’  Presented by Dr Alex Biland 

DINNER PRICES

  • Members: $32
  • Non-members and guests: $40
  • Students with ID: $18
  • Glass of wine: $5
  • Bottle of wine: $20
  • Table water and juice are complimentary.

Please pay for your dinner and wine vouchers in advance, then collect the vouchers with your name badge on the night of the dinner.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR DINNER BOOKINGS

  • Send the names of attendees to bookings@amhs.co.nz with confirmation that you have made payment to the Auckland Medical History Society account: 02 0160 0237509 00 via the internet, or cheque (made out to the Auckland Medical History Society) and sent toE Holst, AMHS Treasurer, PO Box 482, Orewa 0946  for dinner +/- wine vouchers.
  • If no e-mail access call Diane on 0274 305 326 with the names of attendees, method of payment and your phone number.
  • Final booking time, and cancellations: Please provide your booking details by midday on Mon 4 June 2018.
  • *Payment is not required if you are attending the presentations only.

Presenter –  Jon Simcock

I attended Otago University from 1954, graduating B Med Sc in Neurophysiology in 1958 and completed the medical course in 1960, the final year being at Auckland Hospital.  I was employed by the Auckland Hospital Board as a house surgeon (1961-2) and registrar (1963-4), passing the MRACP examination in 1964 with the major benefit of the Marion Davis Library.  I then continued training in neurology in London, gaining the MRCP(London) in 1965 and working at St George’s Hospital and the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases (Queen Square).

I returned to Auckland as full-time neurologist in 1968 and also provided a neurological service for both Northland and Taranaki, gradually reducing these commitments as other neurologists were appointed in Auckland. In 1971 I started 1/10 in private practice, retiring from Auckland Hospital in 2002 and from private practice in 2015.

I joined the Committee of Management of the Marion Davis Library in 1974 and became Chairman in 2004, following on from Kaye Ibbertson and in 2004 and passing the baton to Neil Anderson in 2015.

Abstract

In 1961 Sir Ernest Davis generously donated a modern up-to-date medical library to the Auckland Hospital Board in memory of his wife, Marion, for the use of doctors, dentists and veterinarians of Auckland. For the next decade, this was the main medical library in Auckland, servicing all of the Auckland hospitals. The library of the School of Medicine expanded during the 1970s and in 1980, the medical libraries were amalgamated to form a new (Philson) library. The Ernest and Marion Davis Library became a medical history library and postgraduate medical centre. Extensive renovations in 1980 included the provision of the downstairs lecture theatre, offices and dining facilities. By 2004 it was evident that the function of the building was inconsistent with the 1961 Trust Deed. After prolonged negotiations and planning, all parties agreed to extensive renovations, with this splendid building re-opening in April 2015 and named the Ernest and Marion Davis Library and Lecture Halls.

Presenter – Alex Biland

B.Sc physics Univ.NZ (Auckland College) M.B Ch.B Univ. Otago FRNZCG

Alex’s family is from Switzerland.  About 1929 after his parents emigrated from Switzerland Alex was conceived in NZ and then born 1931 in Basel Switzerland.  He was his mother’s first child and she was told by family that she had to return to Switzerland to deliver as there were no proper midwives in NZ.  Some years later during World War 11 we learned that some Kiwis had escaped from a POW camp in Northern Italy to become refugees. Then on foot they were able to move North unseen to the Alps and enter neutral Switzerland where they were allowed in as Refugees. It was there that by chance one older Kiwi became bonded with Alex’s paternal Grandfather in Zurich who looked after him. On return to NZ after the war this well-known Kiwi became Alex’s adopted Grandfather in Kiwiland who represented the real Grandfather on the other side of the world!

After completing secondary school Alex was unable to decide what to do so he chose to begin study for a B.Sc  degree  at  what  was  then  Auckland  University  College  where  he  majored  in  physics .  In the final year he was in the laboratory learning from (?) Millichan’s experiment in a cloud chamber to measure speed and collision angles to calculate electron mass.  He achieved the correct answer but could not understand how the experiment could do this!  It was then that Alex decided that he did not want to do this for the rest of his life and decided to jump ship and study medicine. The move from the precise thinking of physics and mathematics to the “woolly” thinking of medicine was a huge change for him.  However, he survived and graduated in medicine in 1957. He then searched for post graduate programmes in GP medicine but this was not possible, so he moved to Edinburgh to do the three month course in internal medicine without graduating. In 1961 he was able to take over a solo GP practice in Te Kauwhata which had been abandoned.  It was there that he purchased an ECG machine (with valves !).  During a routine practice review by a UKGP member Alex showed him the machine and he responded by saying: “God Help Me” !

In 1971 Alex moved to Hamilton to establish with three colleagues one of the first group practices in NZ.  In 1994 he retired from general practice to part -time roles in addiction medicine, first with the Salvation Army Bridge Programme and then with CADS on Auckland’s North Shore. In 2008 Alex fully retired to join the Board of Age Concern North Shore where he remains as a retired Chair person.

Abstract

This presentation entitled   “ Practice  makes  Perfect  what  my  Patients  taught  me “ will  be  entirely  verbal. The topics are mainly brief and either serious or humerus.  Thankyou everybody!

 

Meeting – May 3rd 2018

Meetings of the Society
Auckland Medical History Society


 

 

 

The next meeting of the Auckland Medical History Society will be held in the Ernest and Marion Davis Library at Auckland City Hospital on

Thursday 3 May 2018

The evening will be as follows:

  • 6.00pm: Refreshments will be served in the Ernest and Marion Davis Library
  • 6.30pm: Buffet Dinner will be served in the dining room
  • 7.30pm: Guest presentations*

PRESENTATIONS

  1. ‘Setting up New Zealand’s second medical school’     Presented by Prof Linda Bryder
  2. ‘Memories of the first intake’ Presented by Mr Peter Charlesworth
  3. ‘A longitudinal study of Auckland medical graduates – the first 25 years’                                                                                                                          Presented by Prof John Collins

DINNER PRICES

  • Members: $32
  • Non-members and guests: $40
  • Students with ID: $18
  • Glass of wine: $5
  • Bottle of wine: $20
  • Table water and juice are complimentary.

Please pay for your dinner and wine vouchers in advance, then collect the vouchers with your name badge on the night of the dinner.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR DINNER BOOKINGS

  • Send the names of attendees to bookings@amhs.co.nz with confirmation that you have made payment to the Auckland Medical History Society account: 02 0160 0237509 00 via the internet, or cheque (made out to the Auckland Medical History Society) and sent toE Holst, AMHS Treasurer, PO Box 482, Orewa 0946  for dinner +/- wine vouchers.
  • If no e-mail access call Diane on 0274 305 326 with the names of attendees, method of payment and your phone number.
  • Final booking time, and cancellations: Please provide your booking details by midday on Mon 30 April.  Cancellations with refund or credit of any payment made will be accepted by phone or email as above until noon on Weds 2 May.  Please pay in advance of the evening so that we can pay our caterers before the event.

*Payment is not required if you are attending the presentations only.

Presenter – Linda Bryder

Linda Bryder was born in Auckland and graduated BA and MA (1st class Hons) at the University of Auckland in History, before proceeding to Oxford on a University Scholarship to undertake a DPhil in the History of Science in 1981. Her thesis, completed in 1985, was published by Oxford University Press, Below the Magic Mountain: A Social History of Tuberculosis in Twentieth-century Britain (1988). That year she returned to the University of Auckland to take up a lectureship in History, and is currently Professor of History at Auckland. She has published widely in the social history of medicine, including important histories of the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society and National Women’s Hospital.

Abstract   

Linda’s presentation will discuss the origins of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland, which she is studying as part of the Faculty’s 50th celebrations. In particular, she will explore the important part played by three key individuals in the foundation of the School: Dr Doris Gordon, Sir Douglas Robb and the first Dean, Professor Cecil Lewis. She will show how it was considered an exciting new venture and how the first cohort of students, admitted in 1968, remarked upon a ‘real buzz’ about the place.

Presenter – Peter Charlesworth 

Peter Charlesworth was born and raised in Auckland and was a member of the inaugural graduating class of the Auckland Medical School.  He completed training for Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Auckland and was the last Chief Surgical Registrar for Professor Eric Nanson, the founding Professor of Surgery at the University of Auckland.  He undertook Post-Fellowship training at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Centre in New York, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and St James’ University Hospital in Leeds, before returning to Auckland to a full-time position as a General and Vascular surgeon at Middlemore Hospital.  Subsequently, he had a variety of part-time consultant posts in Auckland, before entering full-time private surgical practice.  Eventually, he fell out of love with surgery and in 2004 retrained as an antique furniture restorer in Kent, UK, surviving a one-year course more intense than any medical or surgical education he had previously experienced.  Currently, he is Director of the Advanced Clinical Skills Centre, a teaching unit within the Department of Surgery of the University of Auckland, mainly devoted to the simulation training of practical clinical skills for undergraduate medical students.

Abstract

His talk this evening, entitled “Memories of the First Intake, 1968”, will be a brief summary of selected memories (already fading) of the experience of the inaugural class of the Auckland Medical School, compiled with the aid of recollections of other class members recently canvassed. 

 

Presenter John Collins

After graduating with distinction from University College Galway, John completed his surgical education and training in England. He was appointed as a general surgeon at Middlemore Hospital and soon after returned to the UK (Leeds) on a Smith & Nephew Commonwealth Scholarship, where he completed his MCH (Master of Surgery). He joined the University of Auckland Department of Surgery and established an academic presence in general surgery at South Auckland Health. His major surgical interests have been in breast surgery and he played a significant role in the setting up and monitoring of breast screening and was the editor of the National Guidelines for the Surgical Management of Breast Cancer. He was a member of the Government Steering Committee for The New Zealand Cancer Control Strategy and a member of the Government Task Force for its implementation. His has had a major interest in medical education and the accreditation of educational institutions at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Based on his research findings, he completed an MD and was awarded a Hunterian Professorship by the Royal College of Surgeons of England. John is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, The Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and the Academy of Medical Educators UK.

After a hand injury ended his surgical career, he was appointed as the Foundation Dean of Education at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Melbourne and Professorial Fellow in Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne. He later he moved to the University of Oxford as a Visiting Professor in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences and Senior Research Visiting Fellow at Green Templeton College and continues to occupy these honorary appointments. While in Oxford, he led the Department of Health review of the UK Foundation Programme and completed a Diploma in the History of Medicine at the Society of Apothecaries (DHMSA). John is a volunteer guide at the Auckland War Memorial Museum and is currently undertaking a PhD in the History of Medicine at the University of Auckland, focusing on ‘the attitudes of surgeons and the experiences of their patients, in early nineteenth-century Britain’.

Abstract

In 1973, a comprehensive questionnaire was sent to the 1675 Auckland medical graduates who qualified over the period 1973 – 1992. Only 75 graduates were untraceable. 1,238 (74%) of the 1,675 questionnaires were completed and returned. The first section of the questionnaire sought a broad range of information, including the factors that influenced their initial choice of medicine as a career, their personal experiences in medical school, their subsequent medical discipline or career and professional qualifications, the factors that influenced this choice and their level of job satisfaction. The second section focused on stress during the medical school course and the many factors that might have caused this stress. This presentation will describe some of the major findings from this study.

Meeting – April 5th 2018

Meetings of the Society
Auckland Medical History Society


 

 

 

The next meeting of the Auckland Medical History Society will be held in the Ernest and Marion Davis Library at Auckland City Hospital on

Thursday 5 April 2018

The evening will be as follows:

  • 6.00pm: Refreshments will be served in the Ernest and Marion Davis Library
  • 6.30pm: Buffet Dinner will be served in the dining room
  • 7.30pm: Guest presentations*

PRESENTATIONS

  1. James Newman Lecture. ‘The ancient Egyptians:  their medications and other tales’                                                                                                                                 Presented by Mr Mike Willison
  2. ‘Fumigation in the history of resuscitation’  Presented by Dr Ron Trubuhovich 

DINNER PRICES

  • Members: $32
  • Non-members and guests: $40
  • Students with ID: $18
  • Glass of wine: $5
  • Bottle of wine: $20
  • Table water and juice are complimentary.

Please pay for your dinner and wine vouchers in advance, then collect the vouchers with your name badge on the night of the dinner.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR DINNER BOOKINGS

  • Send the names of attendees to bookings@amhs.co.nz with confirmation that you have made payment to the Auckland Medical History Society account: 02 0160 0237509 00 via the internet, or cheque (made out to the Auckland Medical History Society) and sent toE Holst, AMHS Treasurer, PO Box 482, Orewa 0946  for dinner +/- wine vouchers.
  • If no e-mail access call Diane on 0274 305 326 with the names of attendees, method of payment and your phone number.
  • Final booking time, and cancellations: Please provide your booking details by midday on Mon 2 April 2018.  Cancellations with refund or credit of any payment made will be accepted by phone or email as above until noon on Weds 4 April 2018.  Please pay in advance of the evening so that we can pay our caterers before the event.

*Payment is not required if you are attending the presentations only.

Presenter – Mike Willison

Mike Willison was encouraged by David Cole and Derek North, and by his wife Alice (who is an ex-nurse) to join the Auckland Medical History Society many years ago when he was Secretary of the Remuera U3A.

For more than 30 years he was Chief Photographer of the NZ Woman’s Weekly, photographing New Zealanders, in colour, for the magazine.  In addition, he wrote interesting stories about some of those he photographed.

He photographed the Queen and the Royal family ten times in New Zealand and was flown to London to photograph the wedding of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral in 1981.

Since retiring, he has taken copious colour photographs for numerous cookbooks and magazines and enjoyed tasting the proceeds which has added to his waistline!!

Abstract

Open up a medicine chest and one finds a surfeit of stories. From ancient Egypt to the modern age, drugs have been developing apace.

The method of their discovery makes fascinating reading. Mike’s presentation will take us from the ancient popular poppy to helicobacter-pylori with digressions along the way to other interesting places.

 

Presenter – Ron Trubuhovich ONZM

BDS 1953, BMedSc(Pharmacology) 1960, MB ChB 1961, [all UNZ]

MSc[Med. Oxon] 1968, FFARCS[Eng]1966 (now FRCA), FFARACS 1982 (now FANZCA), FFICANZCA (1993 now) FFICMANZ 1908.

Ron was born in New Plymouth in March 1929 and came to Auckland 1937. He was educated St Peter’s College, Mountain Rd, Auckland and was dux in 1946 & 1947. After graduating as a dentist, he spent c.3yrs in dental practice in Pt Chevalier and later Huntly. Ron said, ‘his wonderful good fortune was to marry Dunedin nurse Elizabeth Coutts and they were blessed with 3 children.’ After his House Surgeon posts, he became an anaesthetic registrar at Dunedin Hospital between 1962-4 and was then awarded a Nuffield Dominion Scholarship to the Nuffield Dept of Anaesthetics at the Radcliff Infirmary Oxford, and became a postgraduate student at Pembroke College, Oxford. In 1968, after completing a Medical MSc in the Dept of Physiology in Oxford University he returned to NZ as Deputy Medical Officer-in-Charge to Dr Matt Spence’s Acute Respiratory Unit, Auckland Hospital, (it later became Dept of Critical Care Medicine – DCCM). He worked full time in Intensive/Critical Care Medicine until age-obliged retirement 1994 but continued in locum appointments in DCCM for another four years. The Joint Faculty of Intensive Care awarded him the Intensive Care Medal in 2007 and re-published a booklet of his papers to that date to its Journal. Ron then spent about a dozen years in the world-wide repatriation of insured and sick New Zealanders until he stopped on reaching the age of 80.

Ron was a Foundation member of ANZICS in 1974 and its President between 1991-3; and with James Judson, he wrote a short history of ‘Intensive care in NZ’ in 2001. Ron who was President of the AMHS between 2008-9, has written a number of papers on the medical history of his specialty, and 1979 was the editor of Internat. Anesthesiol. Clin. ‘Management of Acute Intracranial Disasters.’ He continues with his research and writing in medical history and has produced a monograph on NZ’s first Governor. Ron enjoys Beethoven and grand opera, especially Hi-Def MetOp films.

Abstract

Background

There was a time in Western Europe when the foremost procedure used in attempted resuscitation from apparent death – especially from drowning – was rectal insufflation of tobacco smoke. From Paris in 1740, the method had been promoted throughout France by René de Réaumur and Louis XV. In the nineteenth-century, evidence demonstrated the likely toxicity of nicotine and led to the abandonment of such usage. But the same mode of treatment had previously been employed after drowning by some American First Peoples of l’Acadie, Nouvelle France, in North America. From his own observations, Marin Dièreville documented the first report of this in 1708 and PFA de Charlevoix, SJ, related their practice to 1611.

Sources

This study has involved a wide range of written accounts including some relevant books by explorers in the New World. Newspaper reports and previous articles in medical journals have also been studied to try and detect the possible interaction between European practice and the New World use of such a rescue method.

Results

Despite multi-language translations of Dièreville’s book, with Pierre de Charlevoix’s report following him similarly in 1744, European reference to these two sources would seem virtually absent. Following limited uptake of Réaumur’s Avis (advice), further European adoption of the fumigation method by the humane societies seems to owe much to the influence of Samuel Tissot’s Avis of 1761. But otherwise, word-of-mouth spread over several centuries of the American method still cannot be discounted.

Conclusions

In the history of resuscitation, the credibility of a widely attributed efficacy of the fumigation method during its time, must nowadays appear hard to rationalize or accept.  A seeming likelihood of adoption from North American Native practice has not been verified for the European uptake of Fumigation. Multiple other aspects of the history of Fumigation will be considered.

 

 

Meeting – March 1st 2018

Meetings of the Society
Auckland Medical History Society

The Auckland Medical History Society will meet in the Ernest and Marion Davis Library at Auckland City Hospital on Thursday 16th November 2017 

 

Thursday 1 March 2018

The evening will be as follows:

  • 6.00pm: Refreshments will be served in the Ernest and Marion Davis Library
  • 6.30pm: Buffet Dinner will be served in the dining room
  • 7.30pm: Guest presentations

PRESENTATIONS

  1. ‘Blood in my hands’ Presented by Dr Graeme Woodfield
  2. ‘The Life and Times of Gavin Glasgow: The last of the originals       Presented by Dr Neil Anderson

DINNER PRICES

  • Members: $32
  • Non-members and guests: $40
  • Students with ID: $18
  • Glass of wine: $5
  • Bottle of wine: $20
  • Table water and juice are complimentary.

Please pay for your dinner and wine vouchers in advance, and collect the vouchers with your name badge on the night of the dinner.

BOOKING INFO

  • Book by email: Send the names of attendees to bookings@amhs.co.nz with confirmation that you have made payment to the AMHS account: 02 0160 0237509 00.
  • Book by phone: Call 0274 305 326 with the names of attendees, method of payment and your phone number.
  • Book by mail: Post your cheque (made out to the Auckland Medical History Society) along with the names of attendees and your phone number to:  P E Holst, AMHS Treasurer, PO Box 482, Orewa 0946
  • Final booking time, and cancellations: Please provide your booking details by midday on Mon 26 February 2018.  Cancellations with refund or credit of any payment made will be accepted by phone or email as above until noon on Weds 28 February 2018.  Please pay in advance of the evening so that we can pay our caterers before the event.

*Payment is not required if you are attending the presentations only.

Presenter

David Graeme Woodfield MB,ChB (NZ) , PhD., FRCPE., FRCPA.

House Surgeon and Registrar Auckland Hospital Board 1960-65, Medical Director Auckland Regional Blood Services 1976-98, Clinical Assoc Prof (Hon) Dept Molecular Medicine and Pathology 1998-2018. Past President AMHS.

Talk Summary

BLOOD IN OUR HANDS

The Blood Transfusion Service has played an important role in the development of Medicine and Surgery in Auckland. Somewhat independent from the direct clinical services and in the background, it has also been able to develop considerable expertise in other useful aspects of immuno-haematology and transfusion medicine.

This talk will give an overview of its history between 1976-98, and particularly its activities and people who have contributed to its development.

Above all, the key role of the many voluntary blood donors is honoured and recognised.

Presenter

Neil Anderson has been a consultant neurologist at Auckland Hospital since 1987. He graduated in medicine from the University of Auckland in 1978. He trained in neurology in Auckland under Glasgow, Keith Eyre, Jon Simcock, William Wallis, Barry Cant and Ernie Willoughby, and then he was a Fellow in the Neurology Department at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where he worked with Dr. Jerome Posner. He returned to New Zealand in 1987 to take up his current position. He is a past president of the Auckland Medical History Society and he has published a biography of Dusty Allen, the first neurologist in New Zealand.

Talk Summary

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GAVIN GLASGOW: THE LAST OF THE ORIGINALS

This lecture will deal with the life of Dr Gavin Glasgow. Before his death he was the last surviving member from the first meeting of the Neurological Association of New Zealand held in Dunedin on 1st February 1957.  His medical education was notable for the year he and David Cole spent in research under the supervision of Jack Eccles. He was a neurosurgical house officer at Dunedin Hospital for Murray Falconer and Tony James and he then did postgraduate training in neurology in London. He returned to New Zealand in 1956. He and Keith Eyre set up the Neurology Department in Auckland Hospital despite resistance from the neurosurgeon, Donald McKenzie. Gavin Glasgow was notable as an outstanding clinician and teacher. He had a prominent role in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and other organisations. He was a member of the “Gang of Four” that played a major part in the administration of the Auckland School of Medicine.