University of Otago Otago Medical School Alumni Association

History of Medicine Lectures

The Association is proud to present a series of lectures on the History of Medicine each year.

These usually take place on the last Thursday of the month during the academic year.

Check the University of Otago Events Calendar for details of upcoming lectures.


Recordings of past lectures

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"The miracle drug": Penicillin and its introduction into New Zealand
Claire Macindoe, May 2021

Dr Joseph Crocome and the woman that shaped him
Trevor Walker, April 2021

Dr Isaiah De Zouche M.D.
David Jones, March 2021


The Grim Reaper's second harvest: Reflections on the 1918 influenza pandemic in Dunedin with a COVID twist
Dr Warwich Brunton and Dr Susan Jack, November 2020

The Society of Apothecaries and the origins of the general practitioner
Terence Doyle, 29 October 2020

Women in medicine
Meghan Scanlan, 24 September 2020

John Halliday Scott: Why did he depart Edinburgh (and his position as Demonstrator in one of the greatest Departments of Anatomy in the World), and go to Dunedin, New Zealand in 1877?
Professor Allan B Maclean, July 2020

At home in the asylum, Seacliff 1880sā€“1920
Professor Barbara Brookes, 25 June 2020

A confederacy of dunces
Dr Paul Trani, February 2020


Dr Turbott: The New Zealand radio doctor
Claire Macindoe, 26 November 2019

Circulation: William Harvey'ā€™'s revolutionary discovery
Terence Doyle, 29 October 2020

Roll [h]on: Towards a new Dunedin Hospital
Dr David Jones, 29 August 2019

Surgery calls art to its aid: The life and work of Sir Harold Gillies
Arthur McTavish, 25 July 2019

The medical mind of Shakespeare
Terence Doyle, 27 June 2019

What lies beneath: A history of Dunedin conveniences
Alison Breese, 30 May 2019

Death in the pot. A history of food adulteration and poisoning
Terence Doyle, 2 May 2019

A pound of flesh: Human remains, ethics & museums in tertiary education
Paulette Milnes, March 2019

The asbestos saga: Consequences of supplanting science with commercial greed
Gil Barbezat, February 2019


Final wishes: The rise of willed body programs in America
Dr Susan E. Lederer, 27 September 2018

Richard Hart, 30 August 2018

The convergence of history on our Otago collections
Dr Louisa Baillie, 26 July 2018


Hormones Presented by
Gil Barbezat, 30 November 2017

The New Zealand eugenics movement Presented by
Hamish Spencer, 26 October 2017

Smallpox Presented by
Sue Heydon, 31 August 2017

The right to refuse: Compulsory vaccination in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force during World War 1, 1914ā€“1918 Presented by
Lea Doughty, 27 July 2017

The vulgar errors of Sir Thomas Browne (1605ā€“1682) Presented by
Dr Ross Grimmett, 29 June 2017

Brain, mind, heart, soul in Aristotle Presented by
Grant Gillett, 25 May 2017

Islamic science and medicine Presented by
Terry Doyle, 27 April 2017

Medics in apartheid South Africa Presented by
Gil Barbezat, 30 March 2017


Microbiologists and clinicians killed in action Presented by
Dr Antje van de Linden, 27 October 2016

The doctor in spite of himself
Dr John Holmes, 29 September 2016

Natural history of quackery Presented by
Terry Doyle, 25 August 2016

History of neurosurgery Presented by
Dirk de Ridder, 28 July 2016

Welfare state, medicine Presented by
Stan Rodger, 31 March 2016