From Mr Jonathan Goddard
Curator of the Virtual Museum of Urology
"... Liverpool's role in developing endoscope lenses & the formation of the NHS ..."
BAUS 2018 is back on the banks of the Mersey in Liverpool once again, a city steeped in urological history. The Museum of Urology will be there to snatch you from the modern world of urology, and show you how we all got to where we are today.
Once again the Editor and team at the Journal of Clinical Urology have graciously allowed me to include a historical article in your abstract book. This year we are looking at the amazing story of Harold Hopkins (1918 – 1994), the scientist who, by a series of coincidences and chance meetings, opened up the world of modern endourology (pictured above right).
One of those meetings was with Jim Gow (1917 – 2001, pictured middle right), a Liverpool urologist born in the city who worked at both Sefton General and Wrightington Hospitals. Gow’s interest in photography, and his desire to take cystoscopic photographs, led him to Hopkins and to a partnership that ended in a true "sea-change" in urology. In writing this article, I’ve come to realise that Gow’s place in this story has been somewhat overlooked. It’s a great story; I’d encourage you to read it.
As always, the Museum of Urology welcomes you to their stand in the Exhibition Hall. It's always a great place to meet, relax and have your coffee, whilst learning about the history of urology. The cabinets will show some of the latest artefacts that have been donated or loaned to the Museum as well as some themed exhibits.
This year the Museum of Urology is focussing more on Time than Place. 2018 sees the centenary of the end of the First World War, called the Great War or the War to End all Wars, which consumed the early years of the 20th century. In 2014, the Museum of Urology looked at some well-known urologists who were caught up in that conflict. This year, we are revisiting that theme but with new, updated information gleaned from research carried out over the past four years.
2018 is also the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service (see NHS publicity handout at the bottom of this page) and, for the first time at BAUS, there will be a History of Urology Lecture to celebrate this. The urologists and the urology departments in Great Britain saw a huge change in 1948, at a time when the medical service was still, to some extent, based on 18th and 19th century models.
BAUS was born out of the plans for a National Health Service, and the changes that occurred spurred many hospitals to create or modernise their urology departments in the following years. Centralisation also had its problems, many of which, especially those involving money, seem no different from today.
This last year has been very active for the Museum in terms of expanding the rooms on the website, and also with respect to receiving donations and acquisitions. We have been in contact with several families of well-known British urologists who have been very generous (and very happy) to donate information and artefacts. Many of these objects will be on display at BAUS 2018. This year we will be focussing on one man in particular, Sir Eric Riches (pictured bottom right). Sir Eric was a well known urologist in the last century. He was very active in BAUS and, in fact, the first meeting of like minds took place in his house, leading to the creation of BAUS. By way of linking with the other museum themes - the First World War and endourology - Riches was also a decorated War hero and was later instrumental in creating a "British Universal Cystoscope". When you visit the display in Liverpool, you will see Sir Eric’s own cystoscope.
This year, the History of Urology posters again present an astonishing array of topics. It is great to see so many urology trainees submitting historical research to BAUS. The session is not moderated this year, so please make sure you view the posters; there has been a lot of work put into the posters and there are many fascinating things to learn. All the e-Posters will 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