Meeting – July 6th 2017

Meetings of the Society
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 6th July 2017 



The evening will be as follows:

6.00pm: Drinks will be served in the Ernest and Marion Davis Library
6.30pm: Dinner will be served in the dining room
7.30pm: Guest presenter, Patricia Clarkson
8.30pm: Guest presenter, Linda Bryder

1. Penicillin – However Did It Come to Reach the Patient? Presented by Patricia Clarkson
2. The Nursing Oral History Project Presented by Linda Bryder

Dinner Cost: members $32 (including table waters and juice), non-members or guests $40, students with ID $18.
No payment is required for attendance at lectures only. Wine vouchers are to be pre-purchased.

Members are to:

Indicate the number of vouchers required and include payment for them with your dinner payment. One voucher will cost $5 and will be redeemed for one glass of wine. A bottle (approx. five glasses) can be purchased for $20 (4 vouchers).
 Collect your pre-ordered wine vouchers with your name badge. There will be few vouchers available on the
night so your advanced purchase of them is recommended.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION – Number attending, names and method of payment.
 Book by phone: Call 0274 305 326 with the names of attendees, method of payment and your phone number
 Book by mail: Post the names of attendees, your phone number and cheque made out to the Auckland Medical History Society Elizabeth Collins, P O Box 133190, Eastridge, Auckland 1146
 Book by email: Send the names of attendees to and confirmation of your
payment to the BNZ account of the AMHS: 02 0160 0237509 00.
 Deadlines and Cancellations: Please confirm your booking details by 12 noon on Mon 3rd July 2017. Cancellations with refund or credit of any payment made will be accepted by phone or
email as above until noon on Wednesday 5th July. We appreciate payments in advance, as our caterers are paid that way.
*Payment is not required if you are attending the presentations only.

Patricia Clarkson

MBChB (UNZ 1957). Dip American Boards Pediatrics (1965) and Pediatric Cardiology (1966). MRACP (1969). FRACP(1974)

After graduation, Patricia had house surgeon and registrar appointments at Napier Hospital, followed by fellowships in paediatric and paediatric cardiology at the Mayo Clinic, USA.  On return to New Zealand, Patricia’s practice was largely confined to Paediatric Cardiology and Newborn Medicine with paediatric appointments at Green Lane and National Women’s Hospitals.  Her research interests included the natural history of congenital heart disease and the late outcomes of surgical treatment.

Patricia is a long-time member of the Auckland Medical History Society.

Topic Summary: Pencillin – However Did it Come to Reach the Patient?

From mould to medicine. Patricia will present a brief account of some of the events and people involved in the journey, including a comment on the first use in New Zealand.


Linda Bryder

Linda was born in Auckland, graduated MA (1st Class Hons) in History at the University of Auckland, and undertook her doctorate at the University of Oxford. Her doctoral thesis on the history of tuberculosis was published by Oxford University Press. In 1988 she returned to New Zealand to take up a lectureship in the History Department of the University of Auckland, and has taught the history of medicine at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels ever since. She is currently Professor and Head of Department. She has published widely in the history of modern medicine, including histories of the Plunket Society and on National Women’s Hospital. She has held Visiting Fellowships in Glasgow and Oxford, and currently holds an honorary chair at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is a Fellow of the New Zealand Academy of Humanities and of Royal Society of New Zealand.

Topic Summary:  The Nursing Oral History Project


“You worked hard, you played hard … and you growled and you laughed”: An oral history of nurses who trained in New Zealand in the 1950s and the 1960s


The subject of this talk is the nursing oral history project, which Linda was involved with along with Margaret Horsbrough, Kate Prebble and Debbie Dunsford, and which eventually led to the setting up of a website to showcase stories of New Zealand nurses ( In this talk Linda will discuss some of the themes which emerged from the project, common experiences which reveal the nature of nurse training prior to its move into tertiary institutions. These include the reasons for entering the nursing profession, experiences on the wards, and the role of the nurses’ homes for these student nurses.