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27th June - Cobras, chloroform and consumption - the life and times of Joseph Clover

On Thursday 27th June, the internationally renowned historian Dr Christine Ball will be visiting Cambridge and giving a talk entitled Cobras, chloroform and consumption -  the life and times of Joseph Clover, the surgeon who transformed anaesthesia in the 19th century.


Chrstine is an anaesthetist at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, and has a career-long interest in the history of anaesthesia. She has been an honorary curator at the Geoffrey Kaye Museum of Anaesthetic History for over thirty years, is the 2020–2024 Wood Library-Museum Laureate of the History of Anesthesiology. and has authored numerous works in this field, including The Chloroformist - a historical biography of Joseph Clover (1825-1882), a surgeon who pursued a career in anaesthesia in the second half of the nineteenth century in London.

Christine is an incredibly engaging speaker, and this talk will give an insight into the life and times of pioneer anaesthetist Joseph Clover, and the evolution of anaesthesia in Victorian Britain. It is suitable for all with an interest in the history of medicine, surgery and anaesthesia.

The event will be held in the Alice Fisher lecture theatre from 18:45 - 19:45.  Tickets are free and available via eventbrite (to keep track of numbers):

The £700 Peter Fisher Essay prize

Doctors for the NHS in association with the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine is delighted to announce the  Peter Fisher Essay Prize for 2023. 

Doctors in training are invited to enter. £500 first prize, £200 second prize. The title this year is:

“Is the 1948 model of access to free healthcare for all still appropriate today?”

Open to all doctors in training

• The essay should be under 2000 words (excluding references) and use the title shown above. Entrants should insert their name, current post and email address below the title

• Closing date for submission 31st July 2023

• Winning and runners-up essays will be published in the DFNHS newsletter and website and be considered for publication in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

• Essays should be submitted by email to:

• Any questions about the competition can be sent to this address


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The 30 minute podcast is lead by the PSW Fellows, Dr Katie Doig and Dr Florence Swann, as part of their fellowship with the Professional Support and Wellbeing team.


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