Catalogue of the papers of the Oxford Medical Society

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

C. Parker

2013

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Records of the Oxford Medico-Chirurgical Society, 1836-1876
B    Horse Ambulance Fund, 1885-1900
C    Records of the Oxford Medical Society, 1892-2006
    C.1  Constitution
    C.2  Minute books, 1892-2003
    C.3  Lectures given at meetings, 1923-2003
    C.4  Financial records, 1978-2006
    C.5  Membership records, 1961-2005
    C.6  Attendance records, 1973-1990
    C.7  Correspondence, 1927-2005


Records of the Oxford Medical Society, 1836-2006

Abstract:
The records of the Oxford Medical Society, 1892-2006, and the records of an earlier society, the Oxford Medico-Chirurgical Society, 1836-1876.

Shelfmarks: Dep. c. 1285-91; d. 135-141, 305, 984-990; e. 47-48; f. 24


Extent: 25 shelfmarks
Language of Material: English

Organizational History

The Oxford Medico-Chirurgical Society was formed in 1836. Its members met in their own homes on a monthly basis for the purpose of sharing and disseminating the current medical literature. It is not known when the Society ceased to exist but it was certainly no longer in existence when the Oxford Medical Society was formed in 1892.

The Horse Ambulance Fund: an account book for the Horse Ambulance Fund, 1885-1900, was deposited with the records of the society but it does not seem to have any connection with the Oxford Medical Society or the Oxford Medico-Chirurgical Society.

The Oxford Medical Society was formed in 1892 so that medical practitioners in Oxford could meet to discuss cases or specimens and to listen to invited speakers. Sir Henry Wentworth Acland was the first president. It ceased to exist on 1st Dec. 2005, when it merged with Oxford Medical Alumni.

Scope and Content

Oxford Medico-Chirurgical Society: rules, c.1836; minute books, 1836-1876.

Horse Ambulance Fund: account book, 1885-1900.

Oxford Medical Society: constitution and council members, 1895-2003; minute books, 1892-2003; programme cards, 1895-2003; list of speakers, 1923-2003; financial records, 1978-2006; membership records, 1961-2005; attendance registers for GPs, 1973-1990; correspondence, 1927-2005.

Arrangement

The records of the Oxford Medico-Chirurgical Society are listed first, followed by the Horse Ambulance Fund and then the records of the Oxford Medical Society.

Acquisition

Dep. d. 135-41, e. 47-8, f. 24 were deposited by P.D. Bedford, Honorary Secretary, 1959; Dep. d. 305 was deposited by A.W. Harley, 1969; Dep. c. 1285-91, d. 984-90 were deposited by A. Gatherer, 2012.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio reference, if given, eg. Dep. d. 135, fol. 1]

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

Oxford Medical Society
Oxford Medico-Chirurgical Society

A   Records of the Oxford Medico-Chirurgical Society, 1836-1876


Scope and Content:

The 'Rules' of the society state that it 'consists of Practitioners resident in this city and Neighbourhood, and is instituted for the cultivation of Medical and Surgical Science, for the circulation of Books, and the formation of a permanent Library'. They also state that 'A Meeting shall be held on the second Wednesday in every month...at the house of each Member in rotation, for electing Members, relating Cases, Medical Conversation, and transacting any business of the Society.'


Four copies of the rules of the society
Date: c.1836
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 48

Scope and Content:

Also programme cards of the Oxford Medical Society, 1895-1897, 1898-1914, 1922-1928, 1929-1932, 1936-1938, 1946, 1947-1948, 1950-1959, 1988-1990, 1993-1994, 1996-1997, 1998-2003. Additional programme cards are sometimes pasted into the minute books of the Oxford Medical Society.


Minute book
Date: 1836-1850
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 135

Scope and Content:

This was the first minute book of the society and the first meeting, 22 Nov 1836, sets out the constitution and objectives. Brief minutes of each monthly meeting list those present together with a brief note of proposals and resolutions. There is a list of subscribers at the start of the volume.


Minute book
Date: 1850-1861
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 136

Scope and Content:

Minutes list those present and record proposals and resolutions. There is a list of honorary members at the start of the volume.


Minute book
Date: 1861-1876
Shelfmark: Dep. e. 47

Scope and Content:

Includes a list (fol. 2r) of Presidents, 1850-1870, and a list of members (fol. 1v) in order of rotation for hosting the meetings, 1873-4.

B   Horse Ambulance Fund, 1885-1900


Account book of the Horse Ambulance Fund
Date: 1885-1900
Shelfmark: Dep. f. 24

Scope and Content:

Bank account book, 'Messrs Parsons, Thomson and Co., Old Bank, Oxford in account with The Horse Ambulance Fund', listing the names of contributors to the fund and the amount they contributed. It is not known what connection this fund had to the Society.

C   Records of the Oxford Medical Society, 1892-2006


Scope and Content:

The minutes of the first meeting state that 'the idea of this Society originated from the Members of a Small Medical Club exisitng in the City, who proposed that Evening Meetings shd be held at monthly intervals for the discussion of Subjects & the Exhibition of Specimens bearing on Medicine & Surgery...the promoters of the New society, had no wish to in any way compete with the Older Society of wh[ich] most of those present were Members.' The 'Older Society' was the British Medical Association Branch Society.

See Dep. e. 48, above, for a series of programme cards, 1895-2003.

C.1   Constitution


Constitution and byelaws, together with a list of officers in the society
Date: 1895-2003
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 1285

Scope and Content:

Copy of the constitution and bye-laws, with a letter containing legal advice re the same; typescript record of officers and council members, 1895-2003.

C.2   Minute books, 1892-2003


Minute book
Date: 1892-1902
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 137

Scope and Content:

This was the first minute book of the society and the minutes of the first meeting, 14 Oct 1892, list those present and set out the constitution. A list of members, 1892-1893, is given at the start of the volume. In addition to the minutes, the volume also contains programmes, newspaper cuttings and letters from speakers, all pasted into the volume.

Note: Spine detached: handle with care.

Minute book
Date: 1902-1909
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 138

Scope and Content:

Contains some financial statements pasted in to the volume and some loose letters from invited speakers at the back.


Minute book
Date: 1909-1925
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 139

Scope and Content:

Contains some financial statements, newspaper cuttings and letters pasted in to the volume.


Minute book
Date: 1926-1934
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 140

Scope and Content:

From 1927 many of the minutes are typescript and are pasted into the volume. There are also financial statements and programme cards pasted in.


Minute book
Date: 1934-1947
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 141

Scope and Content:

Contains financial statements and programme cards pasted into the volume.


Minute book
Date: 1947-1957
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 305

Scope and Content:

Many of the minutes are typescript and have been pasted into the volume. Also contains financial statements and programme cards pasted into the volume. At the end of the volume are some loose papers including a typescript of the President's Address, 1957.


Minute book
Date: 1957-1968
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 984

Scope and Content:

The minutes are typescript and have been pasted into the volume. Also contains financial statements and printed agenda cards.


Minute book
Date: 1968-1986
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 985

Scope and Content:

The minutes are typescript and have been pasted into the volume. Also contains financial statements and printed agenda cards pasted in.

Note: This volume needs careful handling: the lower board is partially detached from the spine.

Minute book
Date: 1986-1995
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 1286

Scope and Content:

The minutes are typescript, held in a springback binder. Also contains financial statements and printed agenda cards pasted in.


Minute book
Date: 1995-2003
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 1287

Scope and Content:

Minutes of Council meetings and AGMs, annual accounts, programme of speakers for forthcoming sessions, and newsletters containing reports of general meetings and notices of forthcoming meetings. All items are typescript.

C.3   Lectures given at meetings, 1923-2003


Scope and Content:

A series of programme cards, listing speakers and titles of talks, 1895-2003, can be found in Dep. e. 48 listed above. Printed programme cards are sometimes pasted into the minute books, which also record topics covered by speakers, and sometimes an outline of the talk.


List of speakers, 1923-2003, with full texts or abstracts of talks, 1987-2001
Date: 1923-2003
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 1288

Extent: 1 folder

Scope and Content:

Comprises:

  • typescript list of speakers and the title of their talk, 1923-2003
  • D.G. Grahame-Smith, 'Drug therapy and medical practice: Research, development and bureaucracy', synopsis, 13 Feb 1987
  • Ann Poole, 'Who will care?: A strategy for nursing', full text, 13 Mar 1987
  • Paul Levy, 'Food and wine journalism: The hidden hazards', full text, 8 May 1987
  • John Simpson, 'Lloyd George knew my father: Missed opportunities in General Practice', Presidential Address, full text, 12 Jun 1987
  • J.E. Cooper, 'Surgeons, sheikhs and psittacosis - the role of the vet in comparative medicine', abstract, 9 Oct 1987
  • M. Poole and M. Briggs, 'Journeys in a surgical no-man's land - craniofacial surgery', abstract, 13 Nov 1987
  • Joan Scruton, 'Competitive sports for the disabled', full text, 14 Oct 1994
  • Carole Reeves, 'Egyptian medicine', full text, 1995
  • Michael Kenworthy-Browne, 'Medical events in Lourdes', Presidential Address, full text, 12 June 1996
  • Timothy Walker, 'The healing power of plants', full text, 13 Nov 1996
  • Andrew Millar, 'New medicines and future possibilities: Current British Biotech work in therapeutics', full text, 10 Mar 1997
  • Anne Thomson, 'The world of Christopher Robin', Presidential Address, summary, 17 Jun 1997
  • Ian Maclean, 'Were Renaissance doctors superstitious and gullible? Some case studies', full text, 19 Nov 1997
  • Gerard Panting, 'Does medical practice make perfect?', full text, 12 Dec 1997
  • John Hewitt, 'Running an NHS trust', full text, 13 May 1998
  • Frank W. Dugdale-Debney, 'St. Augustine, St. Andrew, St Edmund - a medical journey', full text, Jun 1998
  • Michael Gillmer, 'The fight for co-education in Britain', Presidential Address, notes and background material, Nov 1998
  • Barbara Stocking, 'The NHS plan', summary of talk, 12 Oct 2000
  • Troyen Brennan, 'Medical errors, physician accountability and malpractice litigation: An American view', Litchfield Lecture, full text, 9 May 2001

C.4   Financial records, 1978-2006


Account book, recording income and expenditure
Date: 1978-2002
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 986

Balance sheets
Date: 1985-2006
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 987

C.5   Membership records, 1961-2005


'List of Members / Oxford Medical Society / As from 1961/62'
Date: 1961-1969
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 988

Scope and Content:

Ring binder containing three typescript lists of members, all with manuscript annotations. Each list records the names and addresses of members in alphabetical order. The first list is undated but presumably covers 1961-1962 as indicated on the front of the binder; the second list covers the period 1966-1969; the third list covers the period 1965-1966.


Membership lists
Date: 1983-2005
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 1289

Scope and Content:

Folder containing a number of membership lists, recording the names and addresses of members. Some of the lists are undated. Those which are dated cover the years: 1983, 1998, 2000, 2005. There are also mailing lists for hospital departments, consultants and GPs, compiled for the purpose of increasing membership.

C.6   Attendance records, 1973-1990


Scope and Content:

These registers recorded the attendance of GPs at the meetings. Under Section 63 of the Department of Health guidelines, they were allowed to claim travel and subsistence expenses when attending training courses or educational talks.


Attendance register for monthly meetings
Date: 1973-1988
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 989

Scope and Content:

'General Practitioners Attendance For Section 63 Claims on Their Behalf and the Society's'. The register records the name, address, reference number and executive council of GTs, and indicates whether or not they claimed expenses. The name of the speaker and the title of the talk is usually recorded.


Attendance register for monthly meetings
Date: 1988-1990
Shelfmark: Dep. d. 990

Scope and Content:

'Attendance register for Section 63 claims on behalf of doctors and the Society'. Lists name, address and title of attendees together with the name of the speaker and the title of the talk.

C.7   Correspondence, 1927-2005


Correspondence with members
Date: 1927-1980
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 1290

Scope and Content:

Includes correspondence with members relating to: the design of a badge for the society, 1927; membership and subscriptions, 1961-1980. There is also an offprint of Ronald Macbeth, 'Medical Clubs and Societies of Oxford', Oxford Medical School Gazette (1956), 8.3.


Correspondence relating to the merger of the Society with Oxford Medical Alumni
Date: 2002-2005
Shelfmark: Dep. c. 1291

Scope and Content:

Contains the results of a survey of members, 2002; letters from members in response to the decision to disband the society; a brief history of the society by Alex Gatherer, 2005; agenda and minutes for extraordinary meeting, 2005.


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