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DR TOM KIRK – BARTON UPON HUMBER – THE DIARIES OF A REMARKABLE GP IN THE WAR YEARS – Dr Stephen Wright

March 10, 2023

Lecturer: Dr Stephen J Wright, MB, ChB, FRCGP, AFOM, DObstRCOG

An academic GP from Sheffield now living in Haxby.

Tom Kirk was, for almost all his working life, a GP in Barton-upon-Humber, a small town of around 6,000 inhabitants on the South Bank of the Humber. He was the last surviving British Medical Officer of the First World War when he died in 2004 just one month short of his 106th birthday. After his death his diaries were donated to the Barton-upon-Humber Civic Society.

In the late-1930s Tom Kirk’s sympathies were with the Spanish Republicans rather than the fascist Falange and he chaired a meeting called to collect funds for the Republicans. In 1939, following Franco’s victory, Kirk became increasingly depressed by the Conservative Party’s seemingly pro-Hitler stance and the German-Soviet Pact of that year which ensured the disappearance of any hopes he had of peace.  It might have been this loss of hope which provoked Kirk into starting his diary on 14 June 1939 “because I had little hope that we, or our way of life, would survive”.

Whereas many regard General Medical Practice in the early 1940s as a mere cottage industry with a very primitive approach to medicine, it is amazing to find in these diaries such a mature involvement in surgery, anaesthetics, obstetrics, pathology and bacteriological research. At the same time this was a man who had a very full social life, a deep involvement in the arts and in politics as well as finding time to contribute to the War effort in Barton. Here are some extraordinary glimpses into the work of a 1940s GP and members will be amazed at how wide was the scope of a small-town GP and how advanced was his scientific approach. The Diaries start in the same year that Will Pickles of Wensleydale published his seminal work on infectious diseases.

This meeting will be face to face in the York Medical Society rooms and also shared via Zoom.
Please confirm your preference for in person or virtual attendance and if you want to join us for supper afterwards.

Event open to York Medical Society Members and their guests only

After the meeting – two course dinner with wines £22 per head.

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Date:
March 10, 2023
Time:
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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York Medical Society
23 Stonegate
York, North Yorkshire YO1 8AW United Kingdom
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Phone:
01904 849821
Website:
https://www.yorkmedsoc.org