Dr Graeme Thompson (Class of 1970)

A few recollections from the very beginning.

The first lecture was given by Professor Harold Attwood (Pathology) and the 17 of us squeezed into a clinical room in “A” Block.

“Inflammation" was the topic and Harold made particular emphasis on the correct spelling - "spelt with a double m". He used chalk on a mobile blackboard - no slides or Powerpoint! He proved to be a wonderful teacher and a mentor to many who became pathologists. His broad Scots accent and wit were features of his teaching.

Fairly soon lectures were held in the lecture theatre of the Leslie Jenner Nurses Home - with slide projection facilities!

The students quarters, now the Medi-Hotel, were under construction when we started and the Edwardian building that now houses the Childcare Centre was both the students quarters and the venue for pathology and microbiology practical sessions for a couple of months.

No recollection of the early days would be complete without reference to Mrs Jean Bright, secretary to the initial Dean, Prof Sir Lance Townsend, and his successors. Jean was a vital cog in running of the clinical school with great organising ability but also was a good listener. She provided great support to the student group, collectively and individually.

An orthopaedic tutorial from John Critchley, Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon, was cut short on July 20th 1969. Critchely said “I’m not going to miss this for anything” and we all went the ward and watched Neil Armstrong take those first steps on the moon.

Graeme Thompson
Class of 1970