Meeting – July 5 2018

Meetings of the Society
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*


  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 


  • 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.


  • Send the names of attendees to 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


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.


“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.