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The Tercentenary of the School of Medicine will be marked in 2011. The School has played a central role in the golden age of Irish medicine. For three centuries, Trinity medics have contributed to medical education and practice around the world. The aim of creating research capacity for Trinity medical history collection is to explore in the national, European, imperial and global contexts, Trinityís contribution towards the world of medicine. Our manuscript, printed and material collections for the History of Medicine, which date from the Middle Ages to the present day, are exceptional and are yet to be explored. Triggered by the upcoming Tercentenary, the School of Medicine and the School of Histories and Humanities are collaborating in this area. The anniversary provides a perfect opportunity to scope Trinity's vast collections, catalogue the records of Trinity School of Medicine and the Adelaide, Dr. Steevens' and Meath hospital collections and to showcase some of the most valuable and important items in exhibitions, presentations and other events that will take place around the Tercentenary.

Roma and Jeremy Swan July 1996 Jeremy Swan was born in Sligo in 1922. He studied medicine in St. Thomasís Hospital London, and he joined the staff of the Mayo Clinic in 1951. In 1965 he was appointed Professor of Medicine at the University of California in Los Angeles and also Director of Cardiology at the Cedars/Sinai Medical Centre. There he established a world-famous centre for cardiology and he developed the Swan-Ganz catheter measuring pressures within the heart and surrounding vessels of critically ill patients. He died on February 7, 2005. Prof. Swan and his wife Roma established a fund for teaching ethics to medical students in Trinity College.


Last updated 21 September 2016 by Tercentenary (Email).