Old and New Medicine
The study of medicine at the University of Glasgow officially began in 1637 when Robert Mayne MA was appointed Professor of Medicine, a post which he held until 1646. The chair sat empty until 1714 when John Johnstoun MD was appointed. The modern medical school only came into being when William Cullen was appointed Professor of Medicine in 1751, 300 years after the establishment of the University. Since then, the University has created a long history of outstanding achievements in medical science, with such renowned physicians as Joseph Lister (antisepsis), George Beatson (breast cancer), John MacIntyre (X-rays and radiology), William Hunter (anatomy and obstetrics) and Ian Donald (ultrasound) having studied, taught or research medicine at the University.
Today the University of Glasgow Faculty of Medicine maintains a place at the forefront of medical research, and boasts world-class facilities on campus. The future of the Faculty of Medicine is a topic of discussion right now, with the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Yorkhill having closed and the Western Infirmary facing a similar fate. The hospitals would be resurrected at the multi-million pound South Glasgow Hospitals campus, where many of the University’s medical divisions may move to as well. I’ll try to find out a bit more about this and the fate of the Western Infirmary, just to get my facts straight.
The photo above representing the old and the new is the face of the Medical Links buildings – the West Medical School Building, the Wolfson Building and the Davidson Building – which face the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. You can read a fuller timeline of the History of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Glasgow here.
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