Meeting – March 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 2nd March 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: Annual General Meeting
7.50pm: Guest presenter, Richard Pusey (UK)
8.30pm: Guest presenter, Tessa Mazey-Richardson

1. The experiences of Nurses on board the NZ Hospital Ships during World War I
Presented by Tessa Mazey-Richardson
2. Medical History on the Doorstep Presented by Dr Richard Pusey

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 bepurchased 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, to Prof J Collins, PO Box 125026, St Heliers, Auckland 1740
 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 27February 2017. Cancellations with refund or credit of any payment made will be accepted by phone or
email as above until noon on Wednesday 1 March. We appreciate payments in advance, as our caterers are
paid that way.
*Payment is not required if you are attending the presentations only.

Tessa Mazey-Richardson
Tessa (21) is the first recipient of the Auckland Medical History Society Essay prize instituted in 2016, and is working towards an MA in History at the University of Auckland. Born in Cambridge (UK) and having been
raised in Oxford, Tessa emigrated to Christchurch in 2008. Her passion for history began after her primary school’s visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, where she was fascinated by the musical instruments, weapons, masks, textiles, jewellery and tools on display; and decidedly frightened by the shrunken heads.
Tessa pursued her enthusiasm for the past, taking History, Classics and Latin at secondary school, and then moving to Auckland to study History and Ancient History at the University of Auckland. Within the broad
discipline of History, Tessa’s key area of interest is social history, especially regarding women’s and gender history. Studying the history of medicine has enabled her to explore new aspects of these histories and
opened her eyes to another, fascinating and somewhat un-tapped area of study.

Topic Summary: ‘The Experiences of Nurses on Board the NZ Hospital Ships during WWI’
Tessa’s presentation is based on her final essay submitted for Linda Bryder’s postgraduate paper on the history of health, medicine and society. New Zealand nurses played a significant role in the First World
War, a role that has been somewhat under-represented in the relevant scholarship. Much work has been undertaken regarding the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF), especially concerning the events at
Gallipoli, but the contribution of the New Zealand Army Nursing Services (NZANS) has been comparatively overlooked. Analyses of first-hand descriptions of the changing conditions of nursing on board a New
Zealand hospital ship reveal more general attitudes towards, and expectations of, the First World War.
Lastly, it is also possible to assess the degree to which the Nightingale ethos was present in the experiences of these nurses.

Dr Richard Pusey
Richard Pusey was born in London in 1947 and trained in medicine at Birmingham University, qualifying MB ChB in 1970. He specialised in surgery, and was awarded the FRCS (England) in 1975. He then specialised in orthopaedic surgery and was appointed consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Basildon Hospital in Essex, where he worked until retirement in 2003. In his “retirement”, Dr Pusey became part-time senior lecturer in anatomy at UCL in London, has served on the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons, is a volunteer at the Hunterian Museum and gives regular gallery talks and tours. He is past president of the History of Medicine section of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Topic Summary: ‘Medical History on the Doorstep’
Dr Pusey lives in a village called Ingatestone in Essex, which goes back to Saxon times, and will describe some of the medical people who have worked in the area. He will talk about Daniel Sutton, who refined
smallpox inoculation in the 1760s, the Chamberlen brothers, who invented obstetric forceps in the 17th century, and Clopton Havers, who was one of the early microscopists and described Haversian Canals in bone.
William Harvey, who described the circulation, is buried locally, as is is King Harold, who lost to William 1st at the battle of Hastings, and Dr Pusey will suggest that he was not shot in the eye after all!