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1961 - 1983

1961

Formation of the Federated Dublin Voluntary Hospitals. The seven teaching hospitals associated with Trinity were brought together under the control of a Central Council on which the College was represented.

1962

Chair of Pharmacology established.

1966

John Bonnar appointed first full time Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

1967

George Fegan appointed Professor of Surgery. He became famous for his pioneering work on varicose veins. He established a Department of Surgery in Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital.

1967

General Practice student attachment scheme set up by Professor James McCormick.

1969

Peter Beckett appointed first Professor of Psychiatry, in association with St. Patrickís Hospital.

1970

Trinity College entered into a teaching agreement with the Federated Dublin Voluntary Hospitals.

1971

St. James's Hospital (formerly St. Kevin's Hospital) established.

1973

Temporary teaching centre for Trinity College in St. James's Hospital established.

1975

Tom Hennessy appointed first full-time Professor of Surgery.

1977

James McCormick appointed Professor of Community Health.

1980

Construction of new teaching hospital at St. James's Hospital begins.

1982

Donald Weir appointed as Professor of Medicine. In conjunction with John Scott, they discovered the genetic abnormality in folate metabolism which predisposed to Spina Bifida birth defects. This helped to promote the consumption of folate tablets by women about to become pregnant which prevented the development of these defects.

1983

Closure of Mercer's Hospital and the movement of the services to St. James's Hospital. The other voluntary hospitals designated to move to St. James's all closed within a few years. Sir Patrick Dun's laboratory, which provided new research facilities at St. Jamesís Hospital, opened.


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