Book: A History of Clinical Specialties in Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 1767–2018
This book was the brain child of David Berridge, a medical director and Sylvia Craven, a senior administrator, in Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT). David and Sylvia commissioned a series of essays about the specialties in Leeds from current and retired clinicians and edited them into this timely volume.
The book was launched at a special gathering in the historic entrance hall of the Leeds General Infirmary in December 2018. The event was attended by many of the contributors which included several retired clinicians and current senior staff of the trust.
The book consists of an interesting collection of chapters about many clinical specialties. Several give an account of the history of that specialty as well as an update of current practice. It is noteworthy how many of the specialties have significantly contributed to the development of their specialty at national and international level, for example in renal dialysis, or in gastrointestinal surgery or in rehabilitation.
Clearly the accounts vary in detail and breadth, some writers have concentrated on recent events within their period of clinical practice while others have described how their specialty has developed from its beginning in Leeds up to the present day.
This is an interesting book which is an historical record of what has been achieved in medicine in the Leeds hospitals in 250 years — and reflects the development of clinical services in most major teaching centres in Great Britain.
The book is available to buy at Blackwell’s bookstore, the Thackray Museum or directly via Leeds Cares online or by telephone on 0113 206 6640.
Professor Peter Howdle