We brought together three current Medicine students and three alumni from earlier generations.

We hope you enjoy the revelations and resonances as the three conversations unfold. Listen out for the arrival of penicillin, fines for students being badly dressed, and comparing notes on clinical attachments, electives, teaching methods and extra-curricular fun. We also have three galleries of images reflecting some of the themes discussed in the videos, and we are especially grateful to John Guy for sharing photographs he took as a student in the early 1960s.

Runa Mackay and Amy Perkins

Alumna: Runa Mackay
Year of Graduation: MBChB 1944, MD 1952
Place of birth: Sutton upon Hull
Specialty: Paediatrics

Student: Amy Perkins
Year of graduation: 2016
Place of birth: Chichester; grew up in Dumfries

Conversation gems: Arrival of penicillin, arrival of the National Health Service; ‘Call the Midwife’; electives overseas

Professor Alan Rodger and Simon Cais

Alumnus: Professor Alan Rodger
Year of graduation: BSc 1968, MBChB 1971
Place of birth: Kirkcaldy
Specialty: Clinical oncology and breast cancer patient care

Student: Simon Cais
Year of graduation: 2016
Place of birth: Glasgow

Conversation gems: The artist’s flat; dress code and fines; future of teaching; the price of pies

John Guy and Genevieve McMahon

Alumnus: John Guy
Year of Graduation: MBChB 1963
Place of birth: Derby
Specialty: Orthopaedics and trauma

Student: Genevieve McMahon
Year of graduation: 2019
Place of birth: Shrewsbury

Conversation gems: Rowing; keeping the bus going; the Principal’s race; The Medics’ Reveal

The three image galleries below reflect some of the themes discussed in the videos.

We’re especially grateful to John Guy for sharing a collection of photographs he took in the 1960s.

Comments on “Medicine then and now”

    Dr Peter Jackson. says:
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    I think these medical conversations are extremely interesting including the change from dissection to prosection which sounds very sensible. I hope you will be able to let us see and hear some more of these conversations. Although a vet we shared classes with the medics and dentists in the early part of the course and at Salisbury Green where I stayed there were many members of thes ethree professions comparing notes.

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