The Recollecting Oxford Medicine oral history project originated when Peggy Frith, as President of Oxford Medical Alumni, recognised the potential of recorded interviews to capture stories, memories and voices from the Oxford Medical school and Oxford Hospitals. The interviewees were selected to cover, from an Oxford perspective over almost a century, the many changes in the practice of medicine and medical teaching, of both local and national importance. The material would supplement the Bodleian Libraries' extensive archives related to notable Oxford medical researchers. Between 2011 and 2021 Derek Hockaday, Oxford physician since the 1960s, along with Frith and others, interviewed 50 current or former professors, directors, researchers, clinicians and technicians who span from the Second World War until the present day. This podcast series comprises the publicly accessible recordings from the oral history project.
Album cover: Radcliffe Infirmary, 2019. Photograph by Billy Wilson, available under the terms of CC BY-NC 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/legalcode
Derek Hockaday interviews Martin Vessey, Emeritus Professor of Public Health, 4 June 2014 Topics discussed include: (00:00:15) how MV came to Oxford; (00:01:36) John Honour; (00:03:46) choosing to focus on epidemiology and statistics, learning about statistics and computing post medical qualification and return to clinical house appointments; (00:07:28) meeting Richard Doll; (00:10:14) comparing Oxford and London computing facilities; (00.11:39) MD thesis, United States trip and return to Oxford, (00:14:39) work under direction of Richard Doll at Medical Research Council statistical research unit and effect on direction of career; (00:18:26) MRC and World Health Organisation; (00:19:49) fertilisation and contraceptive work; (00:23:42) studies relating to the etiology of cervical cancer; (00:26:58) research into menopause and investigation of hormone replacement; (00:31:22) differences in different generations of contraceptive pills; (00:36:34) social and community medicine in relation to epidemiology; (00:42:02) interactions with and teaching medical students; (00:48:57) attending medical and surgical grand rounds; (00:50:17) research, papers and breast cancer screening; (00:55:51) Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution; (00:58:50) Rosemary Rue; (01:02:04) travelling for conferences; (01:04:10) supervising DPhil students; (01:09:20) final thoughts on career; (01:11:53) women in epidemiology and medicine.
Derek Hockaday interviews Mike Dunnill, researcher, pathologist and former Director of Clinical Studies,10 February 2012. Topics discussed include: (00:00:10) first coming to Oxford from Bristol in 1956, Department of Pathology facilities; (00:04:00) becoming interested in medical education, George Pickering's committee for Medical School at Nottingham; (00:05:18) becoming Director of Clinical Studies in 1967; (00:06:15) report outlining changes to Honours schools coinciding with the Royal Commission on Medical Education,1969; (00:11:27) lunchtime post-mortem demonstrations; (00:15:21) the [Richard] Doll committee; (00:19:46) graduate assistants work in 1950s in Oxford; (00:21:10) staff on the Pathology course; (00:25:16) the Nuffield Committee; (00:26:38) increasing student numbers for clinical school; (00:28:10) George Pickering.
Derek Hockaday interviews Ann Taylor, researcher and physiologist, 20 January 2016. Topics discussed include: (00:01:25) family connection to Oxford, teenage years in Oxford High school for girls, entry into Somerville and old quota system; (00:02:57) being under the care of Dorothy Hodgkin in the medical school; (00:04:32) Janet Vaughn; (00:05:20) thoughts on schools year, practical work and courses; (00:11:00) working at the Pickering unit, comparing Witts and Pickering; (00:12:38) role post-research; (00:16:10) appointed first medical tutor and lecturer at St. Anne's college, work with H.B Parry in the Nuffield Institute; (00:21:15) work at Stanford, America, thoughts on American healthcare system, work under Roy Maffly on cell biology (effects of antimitotic drugs); (00:24:10) submitting research paper to the Congress of Nephrology, grant application having to be under Roy Maffly's name; (00:28:26) moving to Cornell University Medical School, department of physiology, and work on microtubules; (00:31:57) returning to Oxford, lectureship in physiology department joint appointment allocation with St Edmund Hall, tutoring and lecturing; (00:35:40) running the renal physiology course; (00:239:12) memories of colleagues in the department of physiology; (00:41:38) thoughts on Oxford Medical system; (00:45:25) family at time of clinical course, support with children; (00:48:03) being the first woman fellow at St Edmund Hall in 1980; (00:52:25) relationship between clinical and pre-clinical departments, surgeons; (00:56:51) ward sisters and nurses.
Derek Hockaday interviews David Tibbs, vascular surgeon, 7 February 2011. Mostly recalling the creation of the John Radcliffe Hospital. Topics discussed include: (00:00:05) coming to the Radcliffe Infirmary in 1960, division over the Radcliffe and idea of new site; (00:02:37) Medical Staff Council, (00:03:49) early planning team for the new site, 1963, with John Oddie and John Badenoch; (00:09:35) looking for architects for the John Radcliffe hospital; (00:13:08) the order of building; (00:15:25) travelling to Scandinavia with architects; (00:19:09) Rosemary Rue, John Oddie; (00:21:37) talking through the first meeting of the planning team, Sep 1963; (00:27:14) reasons for and against the new site; (00:29:53) main move to the John Radcliffe in 1980-1981, disappointments and positives; (00:38:50) building of phase 2 of the John Radcliffe, interior arrangements and medical and unit facilities; (00:47:10) surgical view of George Pickering; (00:51:45) Judith Hockaday at the John Radcliffe. Note the following sections of audio are redacted: 00:10:26-00:10:33; 00:11:08-00:11:21; 00:25:35-00:27:14; 00:34:36-00:38:16; 00:49:22-00:51:22; 00:52:58-00:55:24 and 01:01:10-01:01:36.
Susan Burge interviews Terence Ryan, consultant dermatologist and emeritus professor of dermatology, 18 November 2020. Topics discussed include: (00:00:25) reasons for becoming a doctor, school days during Second World War; (00:03:10) coming to Oxford University; (00:04:20) entrance paper, first impressions of Oxford, Worcester College and medical school as a student; (00:07:05) clinical studies 1953, role as president of Osler House and Tingewick society pantomime; (00:08:47) house jobs, national service with Royal Army Medical Corps; (00:11:20) interest in dermatology; (00:13:21) dermatologist membership difficulties; (00:14:52) publishing papers early in career on blood vessels and growth of epidermis; (00:16:59) British Association for Dermatology; (00:18:03) vascular laboratory at St John's, London; returning to Oxford in 1971 as consultant; (00:20:11) Graham Weddell and leprosy patients and studies in Oxford; (00:23:04) links with the Radcliffe Infirmary, dermatology interaction with other medics and colleagues; (00:27:37) technicians in dermatology, the Slade Hospital and nurses, interest in the development of nurses in wound healing; (00:30:28) the importance of dermatology nursing, starting and developing the British Dermatology Nursing Group and International Skincare Nursing group, international work including Africa, Central America and China; (00:42:13) changes in Oxford hospitals through career, outpatient facilities at John Radcliffe compared to Radcliffe Infirmary and changes to dermatology department including surgery and facilities at the Slade Hospital; (00:47:19) colleagues in the department, support of Rosemary Rue; (00:49:30) relationships with infectious diseases department; (00:52:20) watercolour paintings, interest in Japanese paintings and buying and making décor for Oxford hospitals; (00:57:18) being contacted to organise St John's Ambulance presence at Winston Churchill's funeral; (01:00:54) continuation of international travel after retirement. Note the following section of audio is redacted: 00:17:08-00:17:14.
Derek Hockaday interviews Michael Gillmer, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, 27 February 2014. Topics discussed include: (00:00:10) coming to Oxford, Alec Turnbull; (00:01:53) initial impressions of Oxford, contrast between Oxford and St Marys, London; the John Radcliffe site and changes from original Radcliffe site; (00:06:54) John Stallworthy; (00:09:14 ) Chris Redman and Geoffrey Robinson; (00:12:30) first ultrasound scanner at the John Radcliffe; (00:14:59) workload in first five years of Oxford, split between research programme and clinical workload; (00:17:10) diabetes research; (00:20:38) teaching, Oxford medical students compared to St Marys medical students; (00:24:19) district and regional work and antenatal clinics; (00:27:55) national committees, changing nature of training for gynaecological medical examination; (00:32:03) chairman roles; (00:34:33) change in European Union and Home Office regulations on trainees from abroad, Carmen training course, obstetric specialists; (00:40:36) Alec Turnbull, chairman roles in the university and the hospital; (00:45:15) views of expansion of management in the health service; (00:49:25) Oxford nursing compared to London; (00:50:19) maternal deaths register; (00:54:39) changes in obstetric medicine over career; (01:08:20) previous Nuffield Professors of Obstetrics Gynaecology including Alec Turnbull and the Alec Turnbull family planning clinic; (01:13:14) balancing being a clinician and researcher; (01:14:18) switch from academic post to NHS consultant and discussing final paper; (01:18:50) final thoughts, comparing past with recent present including practical experience offered to medical students. Note the following sections of audio are redacted: 01:15:31-01:16:20 and 01:17:34-01:17:38.