THE SQUARE PIANO: MRS RAY’S ‘INGENIOUS CONTRIVANCE’
Professor Alun Evans, Queens University, Belfast
Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, History of Medicine Section, Wednesday 4th May2016 at 6.15pm Setanta House, (First Floor) Setanta Place, Dublin 2
In the 1820s, Wilson Ray and his wife Frances transformed grave-robbing from a minor sport, enjoyed by Dublin’s medical students and petty crooks, into a thriving export trade. This was driven by an increasing demand for cadavers and the introduction of steamships on Irish Sea routes. In March 1829, Frances was discovered with cadavers concealed in a square piano case, a ‘contrivance’ which she must have employed before. The Rays’ activities were condoned, at least, by some of the leading doctors of the day. In May that year Wilson Ray was tried and found guilty – but guilty of what, precisely?
‘A Dublin Hospital on the Western Front’ by Joseph Harbison Associate Professor, Medical Gerontology, TCD and St James Hospital
Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, History of Medicine Section,
Wednesday 6th April 2016 at 6.15pm
Setanta House, (First Floor) Setanta Place, Dublin 2
In 1917 a group of Irish doctors volunteered to take over one of the temporary base hospitals in France, and the 13th Stationary Hospital became the 83rd (Dublin) General Hospital. The 17th / 83rd opened only a couple of months after the outbreak of war, and became a specialist unit for managing face and jaw injuries and eye injuries. It remained in operation until long after the 1918 armistice, even after the departure of its Irish staff.
Michael O’ Gorman: Physician in the Service of Spain, Founder of Modern Medicine in Argentina
By Susan Wilkinson
This lecture will trace the career of Michael O’ Gorman, who, although born in Ireland, was a physician in the service of Spain, and was appointed Protomedicato in the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata. He established the first medical school there, and is regarded as the founder modern medicine in Argentina.
Hosted by the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI), History of Medicine Section,
Wednesday 28th October 2015 6.15 pm, Setanta House, (1st Floor)