Special Lecture - Dr John Chalmers

Special Lecture - Dr John Chalmers

 

January 16, 2019
Kennedy Tower Lecture Theatre

Biography John Chalmers is a retired orthopaedic surgeon who has spent most of his career in Edinburgh with brief spells abroad in Chicago, Hong Kong and the Middle East.  He graduated MBChB and MD in Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Ed. and London.   In retirement he has written some books about Edinburgh individuals in the early 19th century including “Audubon in Edinburgh, Andrew Duncan Physician of the Enlightenment and Duel Personalities”. Abstract Professor Andrew Duncan (1744-1828) made many contributions to Edinburgh medicine during the period of Edinburgh’s Enlightenment.  He founded the first successful medical journal in English, the Medical Dispensary for the Sick Poor, was the first chair of Public Health in Britain and several societies including the Aesculapian, the Harveian and the Royal Caledonian Horticultural which survive to this day.  Of all his achievements, however, he regarded the founding of the Edinburgh Lunatic Asylum as his most significant.  He would have been very proud to see what this institution has become today.