Friday evening supper bookings to be made before 12 noon on the Tuesday prior to the meeting. Supper is £19 per head for members and £25 per head for guests this includes two course meal with wines.
To make a reservation either telephone 01904 849821 or email email@example.com
Details for payment by BACs for supper.
York Medical Society - Sortcode 20-99-56 - Account 50136077
Car parking at Minster School - apply to the YMS office for the gate code.
Please note: Pre-lecture drinks at 7pm - meeting starts at 7.30pm
Friday 9th February 2018
LANGUAGE LINKS - OUR LANGUAGE AND MEDICAL TERMS AND THEIR EUROPEAN LINKS
The words others speak and the words they write, give us a miniature window into their history, culture and interactions. Each and every word tells a story of one kind or another. Using examples from current everyday life, Jim McGurn gives a light-hearted and richly illustrated talk on how the principal languages of Europe relate to each other – and in so doing reveals the fascinating heritage and origin of the English tongue.
He will cover the subject widely but will also concentrate on some aspects of language that relate specifically to medicine and health.
Jim McGurn was born in Newcastle-on- Tyne and went on to Leeds University where he studied French, Italian and German. He is the author of several language-related books including ‘Comparing Languages: English and its European Relatives’, (published by the Cambridge University Press).
After his time in Leeds, he went to the University of Caen in Normandy and taught in Cologne. Next – on completing his post-graduate teacher training programme - he taught languages for four years at the Joseph Rowntree School in York. Whilst there, he wrote two successful school textbooks - encouraging him to leave teaching for a writing career.
As a freelance writer, he not only specialised in languages, but also in his other two passions - cycling and social history. Amongst his seven books on cycling is ‘On your Bicycle - a Social History of Cycling’. His ‘Tyneside Memories’ is an oral history based on recorded reminiscences of his birthplace. He also, in that phase of his life, published two magazines and an annual book on cycling and bike culture (in English and German), before dropping it all to found a York-based social enterprise company promoting cycling in multiple practical ways.
Get Cycling is a not-for-profit community interest company which provides cycling support programmes and events for both the public and private sector across the whole of the UK – but with a particularly strong presence in York. It also offers special advice and adapted cycles for the disabled.
Jim is now going back to his teaching days: as he and Get Cycling have just founded Britain’s first College of Cycling.
Friday 23rd February 2018 - TO BE CONFIRMED
Friday 2nd March 2018
YORK MEDICAL SOCIETY FOUNDERS PRIZE PRESENTATIONS
5 Research and Audit Projects presented by doctors-in-training. 1st Prize £200, £50 for the others. Application forms from Dr. Brook Adams on firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 16th March 2018
WHEN DID MEDICINE START DOING ANY GOOD?
By Dr Gordon Jackson - FRCP
Dr Jackson is a medical educationalist and recently retired consultant cardiologist from the University Hospital of Lewisham. His light-hearted – and at times controversial - talk will analyse the state of Britain’s disparate health services and medical care prior to the foundation of the NHS in 1948: and try to establish a point at which the numbers of doctors and nurses who were truly curing patients, started to outnumber those who were just mollifying them, modifying their disease - or worse still, adding to their suffering.
Dr Jackson was trained at Kings College and Guy’s Hospitals, prior to taking on the post of consultant physician with an interest in cardiology in 1982. Over the ensuing two decades he was variously chairman of the local consultants’ committee, clinical director of medicine, head of cardiology, and honorary secretary of the national association of clinical tutors.
In 1994 he became Chairman of the National Association of Clinical Tutors, and in 2002, sub-Dean for the Lewisham, Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’s School of Medicine. He took his well-deserved retirement three years ago. Dr Jackson will point out that despite the enthusiasm shown by the mediaeval public for an organised medical profession, members of the profession at that time almost certainly did more harm than good. Following an alliance of science and medicine in the 16th century, steady progress in various directions was made – and to illustrate that, he will explore some of the more successful examples.
By the 19th century most towns had hospitals and most medical practitioners required a specific qualification. Again though, the development of health services and care remained haphazard and poorly regulated.
Dr Jackson will attest that that the balance of good over harm was probably not reached until well into the 20th century. He will look at the Big Bang of socialised medicine – the foundation of the National Health Service seventy years ago – and how even despite that, progress in medical science and its application, continues to be quirky and controversial right up to the present day.
In short, the talk will be a rapid, thought-provoking sweep of health care throughout the ages.