Past Talks since 2003
This is a list of the talks given since December 2003 to show the range of subjects covered - most are published or to be published in the proceedings of the West of England Medical Journal and then formally printed as proceedings to cover each President's 4 year term of office.
Dr. Naish - The Lunar Men
Dr. Rogers - Colney Hatch and it’s residents
Professor Edwin Gale – The Discovery of Type I Diabetes
Dr Burns-Cox – Vignette of Smallpox Eradication Campaign
Dr Beryl Corner - the bombing of the Bristol Children Hospital and its aftermath – ‘Phoenix arises from the ashes.’
Dr Bird’s talk was postponed due to the lateness of the meeting
Dr John Harcup – The Life and Times of Charles Hastings
Dr Robert Reeves - Thomas Sydenham, Roundhead and Physician.
Dr Jonathan Bird – The remarkable History of Hysteria.
Dr Stefan Cembrowicz – Memories of Psychiatry on Tobago (with artefacts!)
Dr John Powell – Bugs and Ham Green
Mr Vincent Marmion: William Adams the founder of the West of England Eye Hospital.
Mr John Crossley: St Anthony’s Fire – postpartum haemorrhage
Dr Tony Dickens: The battle of R.M.S. Carmania
Mr McCoy - the Battle of Trafalgar
Dr Carpenter - the Magdalen Hospital in Bath
Mr Martin Crosfill – A view from the Inside - an illustrated talk
Mr Walford Gillison – a Christmas Quiz
Dr M Moore - Running a Flying Doctor Service in Lesotho
Dr Bruce Moore - Biomagnetic medicine – a short history
Prof Peter Dunn –On being a Medical Officer to the Ghurkhas in Malaya 1955 – 1957
Dr Bruno Bubna-Kasteliz – The Viennese Medical Scene in the 18th & 19th Century
Mr Walford Gillison: Pioneer Surgeons of the Oesophagus
Dr P Carpenter – George Wallett: mad doctor, rogue and religious martyr
Prof Terry Feest A history of Dialysis in England
Dr John Powell: Anaesthesia, Cholera and the Medical Reading Society – celebrating the 200 year anniversary of the society.
Dr Crossley: The Bristol Medical Reading Society – recollections and past members
Dr D Rogers: Hans Steck – a neglected neuropsychiatrist
Dr Brandon Lush: Professor Sir John McNee
Dr Jonathan Bird: Nostalgia – a lost medical diagnosis.
Amy Hawkins (Med Student): Female Madness as a Means of Social Control in the Nineteenth Century;
Sion Williams (Med Student): To what extent can the bacteriological revolution of the nineteenth century be considered revolutionary in a Kuhnian sense?
Dr Martin Gorsky: A ‘top down centralised system’? NHS hospitals in the Bristol Region in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Prof Paul Goddard: The Justinian Plague
Prof P. Dunn: The Thalidomide disaster 1961 – a personal recollection.
Dr P. Carpenter: The Female operated idiot homes of Bath.
Prof G Stirrat: Thomas Percival, the father of medical ethics.
Mr E. W. Gillison: Experiences as a Japanese POW.
Dr Bruno Bubna-Kasteliz: Karl Rokitansky – man of microscopic and macroscopic vision.
Mr John Kirkup: Maud Forrester-Brown (1895-1970), the U.K.’s first female orthopaedic surgeon.
Dr P Carpenter – A History of Autism
Prof Alan Winfield: Grey Walter of the Burden Institute and his “tortoises”
Prof Goddard: Scrofula and the Kings Touch.
Dr John Ward: The Medical Problems of Dr Samuel Johnson
Dr Freddie Morgan: My life story (second part)
Mr John Crossley:– Nativity - the art of childbearing.
Dr Michael Bresalier – the Intercalated Medical Humanities course.
Stella Dilke (Med Student): Nutrition and the Death Camps: the British Role in the liberation of Bergen-Belsen.
Sally Stuart (Med Student): Suspicious Minds: Reassessing the Nineteenth Century Anti-Vaccination Movement
Dr S. Snoxall: Gynaecological care at Chelsea Hospital for Women from 1930’s to 1960’s.
Dr M. Whitfield: Goodeve and Cook’s Folly.
Mr Vincent Marmion: The Eye Hospital in the Interwar Years.
Mr Walford Gillison: Rudolf Nissen: A career triumph against racism"
Prof Peter Dunn: The impact of Rickets on Childbirth in the UK
Prof Michael Wadsworth: The influential intellectual legacy of Dr JWB Douglas - originator and developer of the large birth cohort study
Ms Hannah Rivers (Med Student) - Keats and Vitality: a reading of the Odes
Mr Martin Crosfill: Medicine and Shakespeare
June 2011 - 25th anniversary meeting In remembrance of past members:
Prof Peter Dunn: Beryl Corner
Mr Roger Celestin: Michael Wilson
Mr Walford Gillison: John Naish
Mr Vincent Marmion: Ian Bailey
Ms Lois Tutton “My father’s war: Surgery during the North African Campaign”
Prof Paul Goddard: “25 years of Dr Jazz and the outcome of the scanner appeals.”
Wednesday 14 December 2011 - joint with Med Chi
Prof Gareth Williams: ‘the Angel of Death’ - Small pox.
Felix Gooding (Med Student): From Surgeon to Medical Officer: how did the role of the Antarctic expedition doctor change in the 20th century?
George Gosling: Paying for Health in Bristol's Hospitals before the NHS.
Prof. Peter Dunn: 'The Demise of National Dried Milk, 1975-77'.
Dr Mike Whitfield: 'A mint master and a maverick - two nineteenth century Clifton doctors from Ireland'
Mr Vincent Marmion :' The medical aspects of the 1904 Mission to Tibet - the Younghusband expedition.’
Prof Gordon Stirrat: Medical Fraud – Causes and Consequences
Mike Ruscoe: Syphilis and Shakespeare.
Charles Lewin: Edward Lear and his Health
Ms Katie Hall (Med Student): Shell Shock, Septimus Smith and Mrs Dalloway.
John Harcup: Florence Nightingale and the Malvern Waters
Dr Brandon Lush: The MRC - a cautionary tale
Prof Paul Goddard - the first Junior Doctor Strike.
Dr Martin Crosfill: Francis Galton - a passion for measurement
Dr Peter Carpenter (in lieu of Ms Katherine Conlon): a history of ECT.
Roger Rolls:"Physic with a fizz - the medical history of soft drinks"
Mike Whitfield: 'The first Baptist Missionary to India - Dr Thomas from Gloucestershire
Tom Nutting: (Med Student): Fin-de-siècle male hysteria
Jonathan Bird: "The kindest cut of all: A history of psycho-surgery at the Burden Institute"
Prof Dunn: Fetal Compression and the recognition of fetal deformation 1960 - 81”
Prof Francis Duck - Edith and Florence Stoney: X-ray Pioneers.
Dr Musgrave: a snapshot of skeletal and oral health in Minoan Crete.
Mr Gilison: “The risks of operations on royalty and near-royalty”
Dr Burns Cox - Life of a colonial Medical Officer in North Borneo 1963-5.
Dr Stevens - Chlorosis - life and death of an illness
Ellie Granger (Med Student): Schizophrenia and philosophy
Greg Oxenham (Med Student):- 'Tuberculosis and the Operatic Heroine'.
Jun 2015 - Conflict at the Children's hospital
Mike Whitfield - Dr Eubulus Williams
Judith Franklin - Eliza Dunbar
Dr Bubna-Kasteliz: a Short history of Old Age Pensions
Dr P Carpenter: Inebriacy in Bristol
Dec 2015 Held at Create Centre
Prof Dunn: Childbed fever - its rise and fall.
Dr Y Wiley - stories from Broadmoor tribunals.
Wed 9 April 2016 Joint meeting with Bristol Medico-Chirgurical society
Prof Thomas Baskett: the Pill and the Pope
20 June 2016
Prof Peter Malpass: Unhealthy Bristol - just how basd were conditions in the 1840's?
19 September 2016
Dr Nabil Jarad: A history of the management of Emphysema
Dr Peter Carpenter: Two madhouses of St Georges
12 December 2016
Prof Brian Vincent - Two medical chemists of Bristol - Beddoes and Herepath.
24 April 2017
Prof T F Baskett: A History of Caesarian Section.
Monday 16th October 2017 [AGM]
Janet Sellick - Agatha Christie’s use of poison in her novels.
Monday 11th December 2017
Prof Peter Dunn: Sir Francis Bacon [1561-1626], philosopher, polymath, poet and playwright.
Monday 19th March 2018
Jonathan Musgrave: An introduction to Leonardo Da Vinci’s anatomical drawings
Dr M Whitfield – Dr Richard Smith
30 April 2018
Prof Baskett: Frank Pantridge and the Evolution of Pre-hospital Emergency Care
Roger Rolls – the Bath Medical History Museum.
15 October 2018 [AGM]
Dr P Mains – the Hotwells Spa
Judith Franklin – the later life of Elizabeth Dunbar.
10 December 2018
Ms Lois Tutton – All I want to Christmas is my two front teeth.
Paul Goddard History of MRI
Monday 11 March 2019
Prof. Peter Dunn – Swaddling: then and now
Prof. Gordon Stirrat: The Poppy: panacea and plague
Monday 3 June 2019
Dr Bruno Bubna-Kasteliz: Scottish doctors at the Russian Imperial Court
Dr Mike Davidson – Scottish doctors and the slave trade
Monday 14 October 2019 AGM
Mr Walford Vesalius; the angry father of human anatomy
Prof. Francis Duck: Bath War Hospital (1916-1919)
Monday 9 December 2019
Dr Trevor Thomas – El Greco through Medical Eyes [single talk]
Monday 9 March 2020
Prof Peter Dunn: John Dunn and the Zulu War of 1879
Dr Chris Ackroyd: The History of the Victoria Cross:- Harold Ackroyd and other VC heroes
Monday 18 May 2020 - meeting canceled due to COVID19
Guest presenter: Mary Wright: Elizabeth Blackwell