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History of Medicine Club - First Tuesday of the month

Many of the alumni of the University of Sydney develop an interest in the History of Medicine. For some this is a passionate interest, which leads them to a more formal course of academic study, while for many others a project in History of Medicine (HOM) remains a personal pursuit.

Excellent courses are available at the University of Sydney in the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine and the Unit for the History and Philosophy of Science for a more academic approach to the subject. The NSW branch of the Australian and New Zealand Society for the History of Medicine (ANZSHM) is an excellent society for those who have an interest in HOM. ANZSHM organizes a varied series of lectures each year. There are many other opportunities to attend lectures at various venues in Sydney during the year.

In between the academic courses and isolated lectures, a need has been identified to provide a forum for academic discussion on topics relating to HOM; to support the individual practitioner in their research; to promote the HOM to undergraduate students and ensure that everyone interested in this field gains from the experience of the group. The group experience is potentially very impressive. We have many talented practitioners in the field, and we have many extraordinary resources available in Sydney, that should be utilized to maximum benefit for the field of HOM. It is always difficult to work in isolation and this “club” should provide a mutual support and a forum to share knowledge and resources. As well as facilitating individual publication, it is hoped that a program of structured discussions through the academic year will promote a joint publication. It is planned that the group will meet on the First Tuesday of each month.

The “club” is open to all who are active or interested in the field of HOM.

For the proceedings of the History of Medicine Club meetings and for her 'reading list', contact Cate Storey or
Yvonne Cossart:


Meeting 2012

Held on the first Tuesday of the month in the Burkitt Ford Lounge from 5.30 – 7pm, Edward Ford Building, Sydney Medical School (check website for venue changes)

  • 7th February, 2012. The first meeting will be an introduction, to survey what activities are going on, and to discuss how best to proceed.
  • 16th March, 2012 . “Writing a professional history – the trials, the tribulations: as told by those who have been there, done that”
  • 3rd April , 2012. The Medical History which surrounds us in Sydney.
  • 1 May, 2012 . Ian Stewart (1967) - The RANZCOG Oral History project; Ian Pegler - Royal Prince Alfred Hospital oral histories; Lise Mellor - Design, interview and recording aspects of oral history-taking.
  • 5 June, 2012. Ann Sefton will conduct a tour of the Physiology Department's collection of instruments. Yvonne Cossart will discuss the current 'Rats in the realm' exhibition about plague.
    Venue: Alumni Room, Ground Floor, Anderson Stuart Building (please note change of venue)
  • 3 July, 2012. 'Leonardo the Anatomist' and our collection of rare anatomy books.
    Venue: Rare Books Library – Fisher Library
    There is a new exhibition at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, 'Leonardo the Anatomist'. We will review the exhibition and look at some of our own very special collection of anatomical books with particular reference to our collection of Vesalius.
  • 7th August, 2012: Scottish origins of the Sydney Medical School.
    A discussion on the Scottish influences of our own medical school. There will also be a presentation of a "virtual" medical walk of Edinburgh including the medical buildings and medical museum collections of the Scottish capitol. Cate Storey
  • 4th September 2012: Australian contributions to Paediatric medicine – a presentation by Prof Robert Ouvrier. We would like to hear from all those who have been working in the area of Australian contributions to world health.

There will be no meeting scheduled for October due to the proximity to the long-weekend.

  • 6th November 2012: Writing a memoir: Dr John Hassall will lead the discussion on the writing of his recent book "RPA & Beyond, an unauthorised memoir". A chance to hear how to go about the challenge of writing one's memoirs.