Meeting – September 7th 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 7th September 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, Ernest Willoughby
8.30pm: Guest presenter, Martin Wallace

1. Bad Karma or Devine Retribution? H L Mencken’s Stroke – Presented by Ernest Willoughby
2. Pneumonic Plague in Manchuria in 1910 – Presented by Martin Wallace

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.

Presenter, Ernest Willoughby

Neurologist, Department of Neurology, Auckland City Hospital (since 1979), and (Hon) Clinical Associate Professor, Auckland University School of Medicine.

Ernest was born in Auckland, graduated MBChB from the University of Otago in 1969, and gained his FRACP in 1976. His basic training in Neurology was in Auckland, followed by a Fellowship in Neurology / Immunology at Sloan-Kettering Institute / Memorial Hospital, New York City, USA, from 1976 to 1979.    A general neurologist with a particular interest in multiple sclerosis, he is director of the Auckland MS clinic and Chair of the NZ MS Treatment Assessment Committee.

Topic Summary: Bad Karma or Divine Retribution?   H L Mencken’s stroke

 Henry Louis Mencken (1880 to 1956), journalist, editor, philologist, literary critic and social commentator, was probably the most influential American writer in the first half of the 20th century.   He fell from favour in the 1930s because of his views on the depression, Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal and fascism in Germany.    In 1948 he was incapacitated by a stroke and was no longer able to read.   Observations made by his brother and friends allow correlation of the clinical impairment with the autopsy carried out at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Presenter, Martin Wallace

Martin was born in NZ in 1935 and educated at Eketahuna District High School, and Wairarapa College, Masterton.  He graduated BMedSci and MBChB at Otago.   He was admitted to the RACP in 1963 and to the RCP in 1965.

Martin was a registrar in renal medicine at the Hammersmith Hospital from 1965 to 1967 (next door to Wormwood Scrubs Prison), and returned to NZ in 1968 where he worked in Renal Medicine at Waikato Hospital until he retired in 2000.


Topic Summary: Pneumonic Plague in Manchuria in 1910


The history of the 1910 plague epidemic in Manchuria involves local factors, clinical history, what has been called the geo-politics, and an account of a medical conference, the first in China.