Sir James McGrigor 250th anniversary

Posted on 10th December 2020

UPDATED 2 FEBRUARY 2021

2021 is the 250th anniversary of the birth of Sir James McGrigor, the Father of the British Army Medical Services.

The Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society and the University of Aberdeen intend to hold a commemorative “virtual seminar" on Friday 9 April (note change of date). This will be open to university alumni, MedChi members, and guests. Programme and booking.

The University of Aberdeen has published a biography of McGrigor, which includes information on an excellent video and book, both producd by MedChi member, Mr Tom Scotland.

We had hoped to run a civic event with a wreath laying at the McGrigor obelisk in Duthie Park on 9th and the seminar at a later date. However, a large event is not possible under Covid-19 restrictions, so the seminar will be on-line and will be held on the actual anniversary.

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2020/21 Programme

Posted on 29th August 2020

The Presidential Programme 2020/21 has been published. Lectures before Christmas will be zoom meetings. Unfortunately the Annual Founders' Dinner planned for November has been cancelled. There are provisional bookings for the Burns' Supper (22 January) and Famous For Five Minutes (8 May). It is hoped to hold a Heritage Event later in the year.

>Current Programme

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History of Primary Care

Posted on 28th May 2014

"Times they are a Changing" said Bob Dylan, and if you remember that song you must be of a certain age.

Medicine and your Medical Practice have changed a lot in our lifetime and memories of these changes will quickly fade. As well as your own memories you will have heard stories from older senior partners and patients about your Practice in the past.

The Med Chi would like to try and record these memories for the future before they are lost for ever.

There are many ways how the history may be recorded.

* Written recollections; * Recorded interviews; * Photographs and copies of Practice documents; * Books and articles written by your predecessors and colleagues.

Stuart Duncan and Peter Duffus would like to invite you to a meeting at a suitable time to discuss how we might take the project forward.

If you have an interest in recording the History of your Practice, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. \n and we will then arrange a meeting at a suitable time.

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