Meeting – October 5th 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 5th October 2017 



The evening will be as follows:

  • 6.00pm: Drinks will be served in the Ernest and Marion Davis Library
  • 6.30pm: Buffet Dinner will be served in the dining room
  • 7.30pm: Annual General Meeting
  • 7.50pm: Guest presentations*
  1. Marie Stopes and the Sexual Revolution: Lucky Strike, Or Modern Marketing?

Presented by Eloise Sims.

  1. Dialysis in Auckland:  Addressing the Challenges from the Early years until Today.

Presented by John Francis Collins


  • 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.


  • Book by email: Send the names of attendees to 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:

Elizabeth Collins, PO Box 133190, Eastridge, Auckland 1146

  • Final booking time, and cancellations: Please provide your booking details by midday on Mon 2 Oct   Cancellations with refund or credit of any payment made will be accepted by phone or email as above until noon on Weds 4 Oct.  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, Eloise Sims

Eloise Sims is a third-year history and politics undergraduate at the University of Auckland. She specialises in the foreign policies and histories of both the United States and China, and has ambitions to work for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade when she graduates. However, she is also very interested in what the history of medicine can teach us about societies past and present. In her spare time, she works as the News Editor of Craccum Magazine (the magazine of the University of Auckland), and tutors history to high-school students.

Topic Summary – Marie Stopes and the Sexual Revolution: Lucky Strike, Or Modern Marketing?

In trying to explain the overnight success of Marie Stopes’ birth control movement, traditional historians have usually chosen to emphasise the eugenic concerns of the 20th century British upper classes as being central to Stopes’ aristocratic popularity. In contrast, more revisionist historians have recently argued that we can explain Stopes’ success by understanding the utter lack of sexual education among the working classes – and the dire need for birth control devices among poverty-ridden families with seven or eight children. However, both of these rather simplistic explanations forget the most crucial element of Stopes’ success – Stopes herself. Stopes’ clever marketing and self-promotion will be explored throughout this talk, in the hope of illustrating her struggle to make birth control techniques socially acceptable in a post-WWI Britain.

Presenter, John Francis Collins

John grew up in Wellington and after attending St.Patricks College, he spent a year at Victoria University doing Medical Intermediate. He then moved to Dunedin and graduated MBChB Otago in 1974, returning to Wellington as a 6th year student where he stayed for his House Officer and Medical/Renal Registrar years. John and Jenny married in 1976 and they have 4 children and 7 grand-children. Their eldest son, Michael, works alongside John as a Renal Physician at Auckland Hospital.

After Wellington, John undertook a Clinical Research Renal Fellowship at USC-Los Angeles County Medical Centre, from 1981-1984. He has been a Renal Physician at Auckland Hospital since 1984, and Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Auckland. He has published Clinical Research in Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis, and is the former Clinical Director of Auckland Renal Services, Chair of the National Renal Group, and NZ councillor of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology.

John’s current interests are in Chronic Kidney Disease management, kidney stone management, and he is co-chair of Australia/NZ guidelines group developing guidelines for Indigenous people with kidney disease.

 Topic Summary – Dialysis in Auckland:  Addressing the Challenges from the Early years until Today. 

From small beginnings breaking through multiple technical challenges, dialysis has become an established part of the care of people with end stage kidney disease. Auckland was at the forefront in early developments and has often led the way for other centres. In earlier years there were age limits of 15-45 for people beginning dialysis and it was anticipated that this would be a bridge to transplantation. As technologies improved virtually anybody could be dialysed successfully but many were ineligible for transplantation. The financial cost of dialysis treatment has always been substantial ranging from $30,000-$70,000/patient per year. Inevitably this has led to intense social and health funding pressure , political and legal ramifications.  This talk will trace some of the major developments in dialysis over the last 55 years.




History Book Reprint – copies are now available


“In the beginning” is a 430 page book that has just been reprinted.  It tells the story of how Medicine at Auckland Hospital moved from being a practice based service organization to one with a strong academic presence. The book co-authored by David Richmond, Tom Miller and Judy Murphy details events and personalities over the 40 year period between the 1960s and 2000.


Copies will be available at the upcoming AMHS meeting at the special price of $20. If you would like a copy, please email Tom Miller at or call on 849 2373 and he will bring your copy to the meeting.