The Heritage of Medicine in NE Scotland

Scottish Society of the History of Medicine Summer Meeting jointly with Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society

Suttie Centre, Foresterhill, Aberdeen, Saturday 21st May, 10:30 – 16:00

Invited speakers:

The History of Early Aberdeen Hospitals with reference to Midwifery and Neonatal Care Professor George Youngson CBE, Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Surgery

A Failed Sojourn in the Sun, the Journals of Dr Jonathan Troup of Aberdeen and Dominica Dr Mike Davidson MLitt (Aberdeen), President of the British Society for the History of Medicine

An Aberdeen Education and the Story of Insulin: How Lightening Struck Twice! Dr Ken McHardy, retired Consultant Diabetologist


10:30 Registration and Welcome Refreshment

11:00 Free Papers

12:30 Lunch – Heritage Display and Posters

14:00 Guest Lectures

15:30 Closing remarks and refreshments

Cost £25/ Medical Students: free booking

Lunch and refreshments included with booking

Tufty’s Legacy: Strategy or Protocol

Thursday 7th of April 2022 7pm via Zoom meeting

Dr Kathleen Ferguson is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and works as a consultant anaesthetist in NHS Grampian. Her areas of clinical practice include neuro anaesthesia and anaesthesia for trauma orthopaedics.

Dr Ferguson has supported undergraduate education as phase 4 lead and postgraduate education as college tutor, regional advisor and in a locum role as postgraduate associate dean. She has served as educational supervisor and a consultant appraiser since 2004 and examines in the Final FRCA on behalf of the RCoA.

At the Association of Anaesthetists, she has chaired the Scottish Standing Committee, the Safety and Standards Committees and the Finance, Investment and Audit Committee as the Honorary Treasurer and the Foundation and Association Boards and Council as the President (2018-2020). She is the current chair of the Association’s Heritage, Archives and Museum Committee. In addition, she has led and participated in several guidance working parties and is currently the Immediate Past President of the Association of Anaesthetists.

Email for Zoom link and CPD Self certification forms. Non members welcome.

“Creating the Fifth Freedom – Sixty Years of Progress but work still to be done”

Aberdeen Medico Chirurgical Society – Thursday 3rd March 2022 – 7pm via Zoom

In 1965, Sir Dugald Baird, proposed a new (Fifth) Freedom which underpinned individual and global development – freedom from the tyranny of excessive fertility. Professor Phil Hannaford examines in his talk how modern contraception has helped create this Fifth Freedom for large parts of the world’s population, what benefits have accrued, and what still needs to be done to ensure universal enjoyment of this freedom.

Prof Hannaford is Emeritus Professor of Primary Care at the University of Aberdeen. He remains Principal Investigator of the 54 year old Royal College of General Practitioners Oral Contraception Study, one of the largest, most detailed cohort studies of the contraceptive pill. He has provided advice to the World Health Organization about different aspects of contraceptive safety, and he sits on its Guideline Steering Group for Evidence -based Contraceptive Guidelines. He is currently chair of the Medicines for Women’s Health Expert Advisory Group of the Commission on Human Medicines.

Non members welcome. Email for the Zoom link and CPD Self certification forms.

Famous for five minutes

An array of talent from the medical community in Aberdeen – A Major Charity Event organised by Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society

Acts of all kinds required: Musical, Vocal, Comedy and Novelty

Saturday 14th of May 2022 at 7:30pm, Queens Cross Church, Aberdeen

Email Marilene to book your place or offer your act:

Med-Chi Lecture: “From Aberdeen to the World: How a local charity became a leader in global health, offering access to safe surgery to 30,000 children a year”

Thursday 3rd February 2022 – 7pm via Zoom

Mr David Cunningham is Chief Executive Officer of global health charity Kids Operation Room. He is passionate about achieving Universal Health Coverage, working to ensure every child has access to high quality healthcare when they need it – no matter where they are born.

A strong advocate of the Sustainable Development Goals, David is a global leader in developing charitable programs for children’s health. He has provided leadership to healthcare projects in the UK and across the world, most notably in sub Saharan Africa and Latin America.

He is a highly regarded charity regulation expert, a member of the Scottish Government’s Global Health Executive, a trustee of the Foreign Policy Centre and a Board member of the UK Fundraising Regulator – where he also serves as a member of the regulator’s Standards Committee, setting the rules for all charity fundraising in the UK.

A Psychology graduate with a keen interest in early years development, David has championed the importance of creating high quality, age appropriate environments for children’s healthcare in low resource settings.

David has lectured on a range of topics often focusing on delivering projects in low and middle income countries. He is a regular speaker at global health events on global health courses. In 2021, he delivered the Hugh Greenwood lecture at the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Dundee for his work to improve children’s healthcare services.

Email for Zoom link and CPD self certification forms. Non members welcome.

Med Chi Lectures: “Growing up in an Aberdeen tenement in the 1950’s. Health (and other implications).”

Thursday 13th January 2022 – 7pm via Zoom

An exceptionally experienced public servant, Cllr Barney Crockett is currently Lord Provost of the City of Aberdeen and President of the World Energy Cities Partnership, connecting leading energy cities on all continents who are committed to fostering the transition to a more sustainable energy future.

Previously serving in a wide range of high profile roles both in the North East and nationally, including City of Aberdeen Council leader, President of HYer, the European Association for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells and Electro-mobility in the European Regions, Chair of the North Sea Commission promoting economic development of the North Sea Region and Scottish Enterprise.

Regularly interviewed on local economic affairs by various local and international publications including the Financial Times, Guardian, The Economist, New York Times, Irish Times and Handelsblatt. Television and radio appearances include UK, Norway, Germany, Italy, Japan and Switzerland.

Email for Zoom link and CPD self certification forms. Non members welcome

Merry Christmas from the Medical Library!

We would like to wish all the Medical Library’s patrons and readers a very happy and relaxing festive period and new year.

Red christmas decoration

The library will close at 5pm on the 23rd of December and re-open after the Christmas break at 9 am on the 6th of January 2022. Our festive hours can be found on the library Opening hours section of the library website

We are looking forwarding to seeing you in the New Year to make the most of 2022!

MedChi Lecture: “The view from the dwarf, looking back”

Thursday 18th November 2021 – 7pm via Zoom meeting

The winner of the 2021 President’s medal, Professor James Hutchison will give a lecture to mark the occasion of his presentation with the medal

After school and university education in Dundee, Professor James Hutchison came to Aberdeen in 1980. He held the Regius Chair of Surgery and the Sir Harry Platt Chair of Orthopaedics at the University of Aberdeen until retiring in 2016, although he continued to work part time as an orthopaedic surgeon with NHS Grampian and for the Scottish Government, chairing the Scottish Orthopaedic Services Development Group. He was vice President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2021-15, and has held various posts in surgery and orthopaedics, having previously chaired the Scottish Hip Fracture Audit, the Scottish Audit of Surgical Mortality and the Scottish Committee for Orthopaedics and Trauma, and been Speciality Adviser to the Chief Medical Officer. He has been President of the Harveian Society, the Moynihan Chirurgical Club and the Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society and Attending Surgeon for the Scotland Rugby Team. He is the Chairman of the Board of Governors at Robert Gordon’s College, and was Chairman of the Royal Northern & University Club, 2017-18.

Email for Zoom link and for CPD Self Certification forms. Non Members Welcome.

MedChi Lecture: Following the data: A focus on the role of ‘local’ in how data can help to improve health and care

Thursday 4th of November at 7pm via Zoom

The role of data in how governments understand and respond to health events has been at the forefront of the COVID 19 response. Through the COVID 19 lens, we will explore the role of data in health care, the importance of local data and the challenges of ‘data driven’ health policy, planning and delivery.

Corri Black is a Professor of Public Health, Director of the Aberdeen Centre for Health Data Science and a consultant in Public Health for NHS Grampian. She is the clinical lead for Grampian Data Safe Haven, a secure facility for researchers working with health and care data

Corri graduated in medicine from the University of Glasgow in 1996, and worked in hospital medicine before undertaking an epidemiology research fellowship at the University of Boston Collaborative Drug Surveillance Programme, USA. She moved to Aberdeen in 2002 to train Public Health Medicine, becoming a Senior Lecturer and Consultant in 2007. Her research focuses on understanding complexity in health and care in long term conditions and across the life course using administrative ‘real world’ health and care data.

Since the start of COVID 19, Corri has returned to work full time at the NHS using local data to support the response and planning both locally and nationally.

Email for the Zoom link and CPD Self certification forms.