The title Hull Medical Society first appeared in a minute book dated 25th October 1847. It was setup as a society for the discussion of medical subjects and to device measures to be adopted in anticipation of the approach of an epidemic of Asiatic Cholera. It issued a Report on the Sanitary State of Hull, condemning the inactivity of the Town Council. It was described in the Lancet as ‘an excellent specimen of the industry, talent and scientific business-like accomplishment of its one and twenty members. Its meetings ceased nine years later.
The second and present Hull Medical Society held its first official meeting on 4th October 1889. Its objectives were to advance the progress and spread of Medicine and Surgery by meetings etc and to bring the Members of the Profession in this part of the Country into closer union with each other. Its meetings were held at the Infirmary in Prospect Street. Four years later it established its own Subscription library and Reading Room in the Church Institute in Albion Street.
In 1931 Dr MacKay, an Ophthalmic Surgeon, persuaded the members to contribute towards the purchase of a building in Park Street, named Quern House, conveniently located within easy reach of the Infirmary and the Victoria Children’s Hospital. This provided accommodation for meetings, its growing library of books housed in a Reading Room and a spacious lecture hall.
In the late 1950’s Postgraduate Education became the new ‘buzz word’ and the society’s members led by Drs. Maurice Philpott, Mr Malcolm Campbell and later Alan Palmer set up a Development Fund to provide a Postgraduate Centre in Hull. Sufficient support from inside and outside the profession made it possible for the Hull ‘A’ Group Hospital Management Committee, led by their enthusiastic Chairperson, Mrs Henrietta Brocklehurst, to extract funding from the Leeds Regional Hospital Board.
Subsequently the Society made a major financial contribution towards the building and furnishing of the present Centre, in which is housed its library. Hopefully the society will last for another century or more carrying out the same aims as it still has today.
THE ADVANCEMENT OF MEDICAL SCIENCE AND CAMARADERIE.