Notes on Clinical Pathology; 2nd Edition

1. R.J. Wright-Smith (b.1898, d.1946)
2. Brown, Prior & Co. Pty. Ltd. (estab. Circa 1900, closed 1937)
3. Medical; Students’ Society (MSS) (estab. 1884)
Small red hard cover book, 92 pages. ‘Notes on Clinical Pathology’, published in 1929 with a second edition published in 1932. Author Redford J. Wright-Smith (1898-1946)

Redford Wright-Smith commenced his medical course at King's College, London at the end of the War, and completed his studies with high honours at Melbourne University in 1924. He was appointed resident medical officer at the Melbourne Hospital and was a registrar the next year. Having obtained the degree of MD in 1927 he turned to pathology, first as a resident and later as non-resident pathologist

During the war years and in the new hospital site in Parkville his interest in teaching developed, leading to the establishment of a weekly demonstration of interesting specimens and discussion of the clinical features of the cases. This set a pattern for `Friday lunch-time' which has continued for forty years.

He assisted Dr CH Mollison as coroner's surgeon and later succeeded him as government pathologist. He had a unique experience of nearly 20,000 personally conducted autopsies and established a high reputation in both medical and legal circles as an expert witness in forensic and medico-legal cases. In 1943 he succeeded Dr Mollison as lecturer in forensic medicine at the University of Melbourne 1943-1946.

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paper, cardboard, ink, cloth
11.0 x 14.0 cm
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Gift of Dr Malcolm McKeown
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Medical History Museum Category


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