Meeting – March 1st 2018

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 16th November 2017 


Thursday 1 March 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. ‘Blood in my hands’ Presented by Dr Graeme Woodfield
  2. ‘The Life and Times of Gavin Glasgow: The last of the originals       Presented by Dr Neil Anderson


  • 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:  P E Holst, AMHS Treasurer, PO Box 482, Orewa 0946
  • Final booking time, and cancellations: Please provide your booking details by midday on Mon 26 February 2018.  Cancellations with refund or credit of any payment made will be accepted by phone or email as above until noon on Weds 28 February 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.


David Graeme Woodfield MB,ChB (NZ) , PhD., FRCPE., FRCPA.

House Surgeon and Registrar Auckland Hospital Board 1960-65, Medical Director Auckland Regional Blood Services 1976-98, Clinical Assoc Prof (Hon) Dept Molecular Medicine and Pathology 1998-2018. Past President AMHS.

Talk Summary


The Blood Transfusion Service has played an important role in the development of Medicine and Surgery in Auckland. Somewhat independent from the direct clinical services and in the background, it has also been able to develop considerable expertise in other useful aspects of immuno-haematology and transfusion medicine.

This talk will give an overview of its history between 1976-98, and particularly its activities and people who have contributed to its development.

Above all, the key role of the many voluntary blood donors is honoured and recognised.


Neil Anderson has been a consultant neurologist at Auckland Hospital since 1987. He graduated in medicine from the University of Auckland in 1978. He trained in neurology in Auckland under Glasgow, Keith Eyre, Jon Simcock, William Wallis, Barry Cant and Ernie Willoughby, and then he was a Fellow in the Neurology Department at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where he worked with Dr. Jerome Posner. He returned to New Zealand in 1987 to take up his current position. He is a past president of the Auckland Medical History Society and he has published a biography of Dusty Allen, the first neurologist in New Zealand.

Talk Summary


This lecture will deal with the life of Dr Gavin Glasgow. Before his death he was the last surviving member from the first meeting of the Neurological Association of New Zealand held in Dunedin on 1st February 1957.  His medical education was notable for the year he and David Cole spent in research under the supervision of Jack Eccles. He was a neurosurgical house officer at Dunedin Hospital for Murray Falconer and Tony James and he then did postgraduate training in neurology in London. He returned to New Zealand in 1956. He and Keith Eyre set up the Neurology Department in Auckland Hospital despite resistance from the neurosurgeon, Donald McKenzie. Gavin Glasgow was notable as an outstanding clinician and teacher. He had a prominent role in the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and other organisations. He was a member of the “Gang of Four” that played a major part in the administration of the Auckland School of Medicine.