Dr Derek Wylie FRCP FRCS FRCA in interview with Dr Aileen Adams CBE FRCS FRCA


At the start of this interview Dr Derek Wylie, dean of the Faculty of Anaesthetists 1967-70 and dean of St. Thomas' Medical School 1974-79, talks about his schooling and training in medicine at Cambridge University and at St Thomas' Medical School, where he graduated in 1943. He then speaks of his appointment as anaesthetist on the honorary staff of St Thomas' in 1947 following wartime service in the RAF in the Middle East. His publication of a textbook with Harold Churchill-Davidson and clinical investigations into muscle relaxant drugs are discussed. The interview then moves on to his extensive involvement in anaesthesia on a national level; with the Association of Anaesthetists (he helped set up a pioneering audit on perioperative deaths associated with anaesthesia), and the Faculty of Anaesthetists at the Royal College of Surgeons, where he eventually served as dean from 1967-70. Dr Wylie reflects on developments in anaesthetist education, including the Faculty of Anaesthetists breaking away from the Royal College of Surgeons to form an independent College, and improvements in the training of anaesthetists leading to improved recognition of the specialty. The discussion progresses to his work as dean of St Thomas' and his work with the Medical Defence Union, an organisation he continued to work for after he retired from the NHS in 1979. Dr Wylie talks about medical education and medical negligence within the British legal system. Finally he speaks of his post-retirement appointment as President of the Association of Anaesthetists, and the state of medicine today.

Other description

St Thomas' Medical School; wartime medical service; relaxant drugs; Association of Anaesthetists; perioperative deaths; Faculty of Anaesthetists, Royal College of Surgeons; anaesthetist education; Medical Defence Union



Project reference numbers

vid-243, MSVA_114

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Wylie, Derek
Adams, Aileen

Oxford Brookes departments

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Original artefact: 1995
RADAR resource: 2017


London, UK

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