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October 12, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Conan Doyle’s Medicine and Conflicts

The 2018 Richard Lancelyn Green Lecture will be held on Friday 12th October 2018 at the National Liberal Club at 1, Whitehall Place, London, SW1, at 6.00 for 6.45pm.    The National Liberal Club is located on the corner of Whitehall Place and the Victoria Embankment, not far from Embankment Underground Station, and also conveniently placed for Charing Cross main line station.  It is usually possible to find a parking space in the vicinity at this time in the evening – although you may have to pay the congestion charge.  http://www.savageclub.com/

Members and their guests may opt to attend the meeting only at £14.00, or to dine beforehand at a cost of £48.00 per head.  This includes VAT and service but not drinks, which must be paid for on the day.   For those who choose to dine, the meal will comprise Roast Loin of Pork with Crackling and Apple Sauce, Black Forest Bakewell Tart with vanilla cream followed by Coffee and Mints.  A vegetarian or fish alternative main course may be ordered in advance – please specify if you want this on the application form.  A cash bar will be open in the Smoking Room on the first floor of the building from 6.00pm.  After the meeting, members may use the National Liberal Club bar.  Dinner will be served promptly at 6.45pm in the David Lloyd George Room, also on the first floor and will be followed by the meeting itself from around 8pm.

We are particularly honoured this year to have as our speaker Michael Crumplin, a retired consultant surgeon.  Educated at Wellington College and the Middlesex Hospital, during his surgical career he maintained an interest in education and was elected Chairman of the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.  He served on the editorial board of the British Journal of Surgery and on council of the Royal College and the Association of Surgeons.  He was elected an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.  As a curator and archivist at the Royal College of Surgeons, he was closely involved in the development of the Hunterian Museum.  He has been treasurer/trustee of the Waterloo Committee and member of the Waterloo 200 Operating Committee, heading up the educational group for the Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.  He was involved with the project to set up a unique surgical museum behind Wellington’s line at Mont St Jean, on the Battle of Waterloo heritage site.  He is now a trustee for the new DCMS-funded education project, the Age of Revolution.

After studying medicine of the Napoleonic and several other wars for over 45 years, taking particular interest in surgical history, he devotes time to writing, lecturing and giving support to students, research workers, authors and the media, acting as medical advisor.  His principle purpose is to promote interest in the human cost of war and the oft-forgotten efforts of military medical men.  His published works include  Men of Steel – a comprehensive illustrated account of wounds and surgical care in the armed forces during the Republican and Napoleonic Wars [2007] and The Bloody Fields of Waterloo – Medical Support for Wellington’s Greatest Victory [2013].

Michael Crumplin will look at those aspects of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s life and writings which relate to military and medical history, as well as at events that were relevant during his writing career in both the military and, importantly, the medical field.  He adds that, “As a relatively uninformed individual with regard to the famous fictional detective and his medical companion, I feel that I should concentrate on some of the tumultuous events and people during the late 19th and early 20th century that clearly had an impact on, and influenced his writings and career.  Finally, during this great centenary of remembrance I will say a little about medical issues of the Great War”.

Applications should be sent to arrive not later than Thursday 4th October. 

Dress is smart casual and gentlemen are asked to wear a jacket and tie.  Anyone attending a Society function for the first time should bring along and display their yellow cards of introduction, so that we can identify them and introduce them to our members.  They should also note that applications are not normally acknowledged nor are tickets sent.  We look forward to seeing everyone on the night.  If an acknowledgement is required, please provide an e-mail address or a stamped, addressed envelope with your application.

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October 12, 2018
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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National Liberal Club
1 Whitehall Place
London, SW1A 2HE United Kingdom
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