Living Medical History Project

Repository: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Identity Statement

TitleLiving Medical History Project
Archive ReferenceIE RCPI/LMH
Web Link to this Entryhttps://iar.ie/archive/living-medical-history-project
Creation Dates2012-2013
Level of DescriptionFonds (The whole of the records, regardless of form or medium, organically created and/or accumulated and used by a particular person, family, or corporate body in the course of that creator's activities and functions). (Often, but not always, contiguous with an archives ‘collection’ ).
Extent Medium11 files

Context

Creator(s): History of Medicine Section, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland

  • Administrative History ↴

    The Living Medical History Project was initiated by the History of Medicine Section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland in 2012. The pilot project was completed in June 2013. The Living Medical History Committee was comprised of the following persons: - Susan Mullaney: Honorary Secretary of the History of Medicine Section, and Project Leader. - Mary O'Doherty: President of the History of Medicine Section. - Patrick Plunkett: ex officio - Ida Milne: Researcher.
  • Archival History ↴

    Deposit to Royal College of Physicians Ireland
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Permanent Loan

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: History of Medicine Section, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland ↴

    The Living Medical History Project was initiated by the History of Medicine Section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland in 2012. The project seeks to record the unique memories of medical practitioners who have worked in Ireland over the last seventy years.

    The project consists of interviews with ten medical practitioners representing a cross-section of medical fields and specialties. Seven of the interviewees hail from the Republic of Ireland, and three from Northern Ireland. Interviews were conducted by Susan Mullaney, Honorary Secretary of the History of Medicine Section of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, and by Ida Milne, a member of the Oral History Network of Ireland, in 2012 and 2013. In addition to audio recordings, transcripts of the interviews were produced. The audio recordings will be withheld for ten years, while the transcripts (which have been edited where appropriate) are available to consult in the Heritage Centre of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

    Throughout their working lives, doctors have accumulated a vast knowledge of professional practice. This project records their unique memories to help others learn from the past, and to document the enormous changes that have taken place during their lifetimes. The testimony of the ten interviewees provides a unique insight into a type of practice that has all but disappeared. They worked with diseases that are no longer common, such as polio and tuberculosis, and in an environment that did not have MRI scanners, CT scanners, or in some cases, access to antibiotics. The interviews also sheds light on changes that occurred in individual specialties over the last seventy years, the many advances in medical treatment, medical training, the experiences of medics in the Second World War, and the family and social lives of medics.

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Accruals ↴

    No further accruals expected
  • Arrangement ↴

    Minimal Arrangement

Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Access subject to the conditions laid out in the Heritage Centre Access Guidelines.
Conditions Governing ReproductionCopying of archive material is subject to the conditions laid out in the Heritage Centre Copying Guidelines.
Creation Dates2012-2013
Level of DescriptionFonds (The whole of the records, regardless of form or medium, organically created and/or accumulated and used by a particular person, family, or corporate body in the course of that creator's activities and functions). (Often, but not always, contiguous with an archives ‘collection’ ).
Extent Medium11 files
Finding Aids The collection list is available online. Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NoteFergus Brady
Date of DescriptionsApril 2015