Medical Sciences Video Archive

This is a collection from the Royal College of Physicians and Oxford Brookes University of video recordings of biographical interviews with over 130 important figures in clinical medicine and science from the United Kingdom and Australia.

See the Medical Sciences Video Archive webpage for more information.


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Professor Sir Keith Sykes in interview with Lady Wendy Ball

Professor Sykes, Nuffield professor of anaesthetics in Oxford, knighted in 1991, first talks of his family background, his childhood in Devon and Yorkshire and his medical studies at University College, London (which had moved to Bangor during the Second World War), Magdalene College, Cambridge, and University College Hospital from 1946-49. Professor Sykes then outlines his early career. House physician posts were followed by two years of national service in the RAMC with the British Army of the Rhein in Germany, where he was trained as an anaesthetist in Hamburg. He discusses his time in UCH where he completed his training for the Diploma in Anaesthesia and the Fellowship, and was influenced by figures such as Massey Dawkins, Bob Cope and Bernard Lucas. He describes his year as Rickman Godlee travelling scholar, based at Harry Beecher's department in the Massachusetts General Hospital, as a turning point because it gave him the opportunity to engage in research. Next, Professor Sykes reflects on his career a…

Status: Live|Last updated:01 October 2018 11:19
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Sir Peter Tizard in interview with Sir Gordon Wolstenholme

Professor Sir Peter Tizard (1916-1994), arguably the father of modern British paediatrics, talks of family history, such distinguished ancestors as explorer Thomas Henry Tizard FRS and radar protagonist Sir Henry Tizard FRS, education at Rugby in the late 1920s and early 1930s, a decision to read medicine influenced by Douglas Creed FRCP and studies at Oxford and the Middlesex Hospital. Influential early appointments in Oxford with Alan Moncrieff, and at Aylesbury and the Middlesex Hospital are then dissected, followed by outlines of wartime RAMC service. The influences of a post-war registrarship with Donald Paterson FRCP at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond St, London, and a senior post in paediatrics at St Mary's Hospital, London, are then considered, especially the impact of research interests developed with Kenneth Cross and insights into paediatrics conferred by working with Donald Winnicott FRCP. Appointments at the Institute of Child Health, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith fo…

Part: Part 2
Status: Live|Last updated:01 October 2018 11:14
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Dr John F Nunn MD DSc PhD FRCS FRCA in interview with Lady Wendy Ball

At the start of the interview Dr Nunn, pioneer of respiratory physiology relating to anaesthesia, talks about his family background, his schooldays at Wrekin College and his time as a medical student at Birmingham University. He discusses his three years in Penang, Malaysia with the Colonial Medical Service 1949-1952 where he acquired practical experience of giving anaesthetics. The interview then moves on to Dr Nunn's early career as an anaesthetist, a series of junior posts in Birmingham. There he developed a yearning for research and started a PhD in Birmingham in the field of lung function in anaesthetic and intensive care conditions, moving on to the Royal College of Surgeons as a research fellow where he stayed for seven years. Next the discussion covers the effects of advances in respiratory physiology in the late fifties and early sixties, which undoubtedly aided the dramatic reduction in anaesthetic mortality at that time. Following that, Dr Nunn reflects on his appointments as the first Professor of…

Status: Live|Last updated:18 September 2018 14:47
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Dr Cynthia Mulrow in interview with Dr Iain Chalmers

Status: Live|Last updated:18 September 2018 10:18
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Lord Butterfield of Stechford in interview with Lord Walton of Detchant

Part: Interview 1
Status: Live|Last updated:06 September 2018 15:18
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Lord Dainton of Hallam Moors in interview with Lord Walton of Detchant

At the start of this interview Lord Dainton talks about his family background, his childhood and education in Sheffield, and particularly his burgeoning interest in science. He went on to study chemistry, funded by a scholarship, at St John's College Oxford under the tutelage of Harold Thompson. Next, he outlines his PhD research on the combustion of hydrogen and oxygen, with Professor Norrish, at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and his developing interest in reaction kinetics, the long-term focus of his research. His first job in Cambridge as demonstrator, appointment as Humphrey Owen-Jones lecturer in physical chemistry, work as praelector, wartime work for the regional commissioner in East Anglia, and marriage in 1942 are discussed. The interview moves on to Lord Dainton's 15 years as professor of chemistry at Leeds. He speaks of working with a large, international team of researchers, and his interest in medical education, which started in Cambridge and led to a place on the Leeds Medical School medical…

Part: Part 2
Status: Live|Last updated:06 September 2018 15:13
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Lord Dainton of Hallam Moors in interview with Lord Walton of Detchant

Part two first covers Lord Dainton's involvement with various committees - National Radiological Protection Board, British Library Board, council of the Royal Postgraduate Medical School - and his association with the Goldsmiths' Company and other projects offering financial support to students. He then selects the most memorable from the many awards and honorary degrees he has received; the Curie Medal from the Polish Academy of Science and an honorary degree from Uppsala University. The interview finishes with Lord Dainton reflecting on receiving his knighthood, being called to the House of Lords, and his family.

Part: Part 1
Status: Live|Last updated:06 September 2018 15:10
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Professor Basil Hetzel in interview with Dr Max Blythe

Professor Basil Hetzel of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians talks of his family background in Europe and S. Australia, medical training in Adelaide and induction into medical research through interests in endocrinology, particularly the relationship between the adrenal cortex and thyroid and stress which led to important overseas attachments. Then, from a clinical research base in Adelaide he developed field interests in the distribution of goitre and goitrous cretinism in New Guinea, an interest leading to controlled trials of iodised oil injections in the highlands of Papua. In this interview he discusses the field findings and supporting laboratory research that validated prevention by iodised oil.Interest then turns to an appointment with Australia's CSIRO providing opportunities to monitor the influence of iodine deficiency states on embryonic brain development, work demonstrating the importance of both maternal and foetal thyroid metabolism. In a final part of the interview Professor Hetzel d…

Part: Part 2
Status: Live|Last updated:06 September 2018 15:07
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Professor Basil Hetzel in interview with Dr Max Blythe

Professor Basil Hetzel of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians talks of his family background in Europe and S. Australia, medical training in Adelaide and induction into medical research through interests in endocrinology, particularly the relationship between the adrenal cortex and thyroid and stress which led to important overseas attachments. Then, from a clinical research base in Adelaide he developed field interests in the distribution of goitre and goitrous cretinism in New Guinea, an interest leading to controlled trials of iodised oil injections in the highlands of Papua. In this interview he discusses the field findings and supporting laboratory research that validated prevention by iodised oil.Interest then turns to an appointment with Australia's CSIRO providing opportunities to monitor the influence of iodine deficiency states on embryonic brain development, work demonstrating the importance of both maternal and foetal thyroid metabolism. In a final part of the interview Professor Hetzel d…

Part: Part 1
Status: Live|Last updated:06 September 2018 15:05
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Dr David Player in interview with Max Blythe

Dr David Player, former director general of the Health Education Council and director of the Scottish Health Education Group, begins by discussing health education initiatives in Scotland in the 1970s, particularly campaigning against smoking, alcohol abuse and coronary artery disease, commenting on methods, particularly media campaigning. Both achievements and difficulties are reviewed. Attention then turns to the challenges of running the Health Education Council in England in the 1980s. The differences in opportunities and constraints are outlined, particularly the extent to which political sensitivities and powerful vested interests impeded initiatives in health promotion. Nevertheless, Dr Player reflects on what was achieved by the HEC in these years, detailing one or two principal initiatives, before discussing the urgent closure of the HEC in 1987 and the possible reasons for this.

Status: Live|Last updated:06 September 2018 14:57
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