Memoir of a medical career

In this autobiographical memoir, Dr Clyne Shepherd, a longstanding member of the society, describes a fascinating and varied medical career.
From undergraduate days in the 1940s through junior hospital posts and National Service in the 1950s, Clyne Shepherd paints a picture of life as a young doctor in the fledgling NHS.
His further training was geared toward a career as a missionary doctor in Africa and he describes his experience as a surgeon through war and peace in Nigeria. On return to Scotland he embarked on a very different career as a community medicine specialist in Lothian. Here he reflects on the changing pattern of health care which he experienced at first hand through a remarkable and wide-ranging medical career.
Read Dr Shepherd’s memoir here

William Smellie

William_250In June 1949 the Society made a ‘pilgrimage’  to Lanarkshire to visit the birthplaces of William and John Hunter and of William Smellie (1697-1763).

This included a talk on Smellie by Professor S J Cameron.

Smellie, having worked as a surgeon-apothecary and man-midwife in Lanarkshire for 15 years, went to London where he became a widely acclaimed teacher of obstetrics.

This portrait, thought to be a self-portrait, hangs in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.