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Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland Conference


University of Ulster, Belfast campus


26-27 May 2011


Thursday 26 May 2011


Registration 9.30-10


Session 1

10- 11.30

Greta Jones- (UU) Medical Profession in nineteenth and twentieth century Ireland

James McGeachie (UU) Public Intellectuals in the Irish Market Place: the case of George Siegerson (1835-1925)

Laura Kelly (Galway) ‘The turning point in the whole struggle’: the admission of women to Irish Medical Schools


Session 2

11.45- 1.15

Olwen Purdue (QUB/UU) 'Sick in the City: the workhouse and the female poor of C19 Belfast'

Sean Lucy (Trinity) – From Poor Law to Free State: Workhouse Infirmaries and hospital provision in early independent Ireland, 1920-32

Mary Daly (UCD) Contraception: Interest groups and medical stakeholders: The 1979 Family Planning Act



LUNCH – 1.15-2.15


Session 3- Parallel Postgraduate Session

2.15 – 3.45

Anne Maclellan (UCD) – Using the needle on the ‘usual scared antagonistic and hopelessly ignorant horde’: the introduction of BCG vaccination to Ireland

Nigel Farrell – UU – TBC

Sean Graffin – (UU) TBC



Alice Mauger (UCD) TBC

Kirsten Mulrennan (UCD) Grangegorman and the context of records creation in Irish asylums

Phil Gorey (UCD) Childhood Ophthalmia in Irish Workhouses, 1849-61



Session 4



Kate Byrne (UU) Fragile Dynasties: neo-Edwardian representation of medicine in Downton Abbey

Maebh O’Regan – Bernie Masterson’s work: Drawing on the Body


Wine reception


7 – Conference dinner


Friday 27 May


Session 1 – 9.30-11

Catherine Cox (UCD) TBC

Kieran McNally (UCD) Catatonia: appearance and disappearance

Sarah York (UCD/Warwick) - Alienists, Attendants and the Containment of Suicide in Public Lunatic Asylums, 1845-1890


Session 2 – 11.15- 1

Andrew Sneddon (UU) Infirmaries in C18th Ulster

Bethany Sinclair (PRONI) C18th Communication Networks for medical matters

 Ian Miller (UCD) Nutritional Knowledge, Dietary Practice and the transformation of Irish Society c. 1845-7





Session 3 - Parallel



Tom Feeny (UCD) Mental health provision in Ireland since 1940

Ian Montgomery (PRONI) ‘Not within the four walls of the Lunacy Acts’: the treatment of people with learning disabilities in Northern Ireland before the 1948 Mental Health Act.

Georgina Laragy (NUI Maynooth) ‘I don’t know much about electricity’: ECT among Irish psychiatric patients, 1940s-70s


Susan Kelly – UU 'Trials and Tribulations. Sanocrysin and Streptomycin: Drug therapy for tuberculosis'

John Manton (LSHTM) – Red Dust: Reconstructing the fugitive history of clofazimine amid state crises in twentieth century Ireland and Nigeria

John Privilege – (UU) Moyard Health Profile and ownership of health




Session 4


Evelyn Flannigan – (UCD) Re-discovering the Royal College of Science for Ireland Library

Harriet Wheelock- (RCPI) –Caring for the History of Medicine- Cataloguing the RCPI Archive

Clara Cullen (UCD) – Some Irish Scientists and their library: scientists, students and the library of the Museum of Irish Industry and Royal College of Science for Ireland (1854-1926)


Closing comments


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