From Mr Jonathan Goddard
Curator of the Virtual Museum of Urology
"... the historical origins of urology in Scotland ..."
2017 sees the annual BAUS meeting once again in the beautiful city of Glasgow. Glasgow was the first location outside London that the BAUS annual meeting was held, after the first two small meetings at the Royal College of Surgeons London in 1945 (the year BAUS was formed) and 1946.
The 1947 meeting was held in Glasgow from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 June. The meeting was hosted at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and included both short paper presentations and cine-films of “The Neurogenic Bladder” (David Band), “Congenital Abnormalities” (Tom Chapman) and “Extraperitoneal Ureteric Transplantation” (Eric Riches). Live operating sessions were held at four different hospitals hosted by Tom Chapman, Walter Galbraith, Arthur Jacobs, Willie Mack and Ian Maitland (all in the image below, right). On the Sunday, a cruise was arranged down the river Clyde. The meeting also saw the handing over of the Presidential Chair from Ronald Ogier Ward to Clifford Morson, both London-based surgeons. I think the fact that Glasgow was chosen as the location for the meeting was a reflection of the strong influence that Scottish surgeons have had on the history and development of urology, and on the foundation of BAUS. The Museum of Urology will, once again be bringing plenty of exciting historical tales to BAUS 2017 and we will be concentrating on the strong Scottish influence in the history of urology.
This year, for the first time, you will find a historical monograph in your congress bag, specially published by BAUS on the Historical Origins of Urology in Scotland. The museum’s instrument cabinet will be on display, as usual, at the Museum stand and I hope this proves to be as popular a meeting place as it was last year. This year, the cabinet will focus on Scottish urologists: both those who worked in Scotland, and those who took their expertise into England or abroad. Scottish surgeons like John and William Hunter, John and James Douglas and Lord Joseph Lister formed the backbone of medical history. In urology, Sir John Thomson Walker (pictured, below right), another Scot who brought his skills to London, was one of the most influential surgeons in the early development of British urology.
This year’s BAUS is shorter and more focused than last year, but we still intend to run our popular short history lectures on the Museum of Urology Stand (Stand 240) at lunchtimes (see programme for details). They will include a talk on Sir John Thomson Walker, as well as a history of the early urological units in Glasgow.
This year’s historical vignette in your abstract book, graciously published by the Journal of Clinical Urology, will be about Tom Chapman and his early introduction, in Glasgow, of punch prostatectomy. At last year's BAUS Meeting, on the History Stand, we had a 1950 cinefilm of Chapman operating, and this was so popular that I will be running it again to accompany the article. Also this year, the History Column in Urology News (available in time for BAUS 2017) will have a Scottish theme, telling the story of David Newman, a rather forgotten figure in the history of urology, but the man who carried out the first electric light bulb cystoscopy in the world, and an early renal surgeon.
The moderated History of Urology e-Poster session (in the Alsh Room) will be on Tuesday 27 June (09.00 - 10.10hr). Once again, this will be a hotly-contested session, with many excellent submissions, and difficult decisions to be made by the reviewers, given a broad array of novel and well-researched historical presentations. The History of Urology e-Posters will, of course, also be available to view throughout the meeting.
The Museum of Urology is hosted on the BAUS website, and you can follow us on Twitter @urology_history