The volumes in this series contain transcripts of the Witness Seminars at which significant figures in twentieth-century medicine are invited to discuss specific discoveries or events in recent medical history. All papers and records collected during the organization of the meetings and editing of the transcripts are deposited in Archives and Manuscripts, Wellcome Library, London, in collection GC/253.

Recent Submissions

  • Palliative Medicine in the UK c.1970-2010 

    Overy C; Tansey EM (2013)
    Palliative medicine and the modern hospice movement developed in the UK from the late 1960s onwards. St Christopher’s Hospice, Sydenham, founded by Dame Cicely Saunders, opened in 1967 as the first modern hospice which ...
  • Population-based Research in South Wales: The MRC Pneumoconiosis Research Unit and the MRC Epidemiology Unit 

    Ness, AR; Reynolds, LA; Tansey, EM (Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, 2002)
    Population-based research in south Wales was initially to investigate occupational lung disease in miners. Archie Cochrane, the renowned epidemiologist, and his clinical and environmental studies group at the Pneumoconiosis ...
  • British Contributions to Medical Research and Education in Africa after the Second World War 

    Reynolds, LA; Tansey, EM (Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, 2001)
    Differences in health services, research and medical education between British East and West Africa over the period to 1980, including the effects of the transition to independent states, were discussed by witnesses with ...
  • History of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children , C 1980-2000 

    Overy, C; Reynolds, LA; Tansey, EM (Queen Mary, University of London, 2012-05)
    The Avon Longitudinal Survey of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) arose from a proposal in the mid-1980s to design a cohort study in Europe which concentrated on the health of children. The UK-side of this was developed in the ...
  • Early Heart Transplant Surgery in the UK 

    Tansey, EM; Reynolds, LA (Wellcome Trust, 1999)
    Some of the key players in the early heart transplant operations in the UK gathered to consider the events of 1968, when the first transplants took place and their immediate and long-term implications. Not only were surgical ...
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