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2019 London

The 70th anniversary of the Punch Club was celebrated in London, consisting of a day of talks followed by dinner at the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, on Friday 27 September 2019. Michael Dinneen, a current member of the Punch Club, kindly arranged an informal dinner for members at the Garrick Club on the evening before the meeting.

The Apothecaries  The Garrick

Members and their guests were accommodated in St Paul's Hotel, just a short walk from the Apothecaries' Hall, close to St Paul's Cathedral in central London.

The cartoon above was printed on the menu of the 70th anniversary dinner, having first been displayed at the 1963 Punch Club Meeting in Newcastle, attended by Gershom Thompson (a pioneer of punch prostatic resection) from the Mayo Clinic.

A "galaxy" of distinguished speakers gave presentations at the 70th anniversary meeting - their details are listed below:

at The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, Blackfriars Lane, London
Simon Chaplin, Director of Culture & Society; Director of the Wellcome Collection Anne Hunter & her husband
Mark Harrison, Past Secretary of the Punch Club Why the Punch Club?
Dame Elizabeth Fradd, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Needlemakers The mystery of needlemaking
Professor Susan Standring, Emeritus Professor of Anatomy, King's College London Anatomy - past, present & future
Professor Carole Rawcliffe, Professor Emerita of Medieval History, University of East Anglia Keeping fit in the Middle Ages
Davendra Sharma
Consultant Urologist, St George's Hospital, London
Reconstructing injured soldiers
Professor Sir Mike Richards, Medical Oncologist An unplanned career - moving to the dark side

Some "thumbnail" photos of the meeting in the Apothecaries' Hall are displayed below, thanks mainly to Patrick Keane with a small contribution from Nigel Bullock.

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