Halliday Sutherland

"A born writer, especially a born story-teller. Dr. Sutherland, who is distinguished in medicine, is an amateur in the sense that he only writes when he has nothing better to do. But when he does, it could hardly be done better." G.K. Chesterton.

Vectors of infection

Dr Halliday Sutherland’s article, The Soil and the Seed in Tuberculosis, appeared in the British Medical Journal on 23rd November 1912. In it, he suggested that Consumption (tuberculosis in the … Continue reading

1 September 2019 · Leave a comment

“It can’t be done.”

This postcard from George Bernard Shaw was among Dr Sutherland’s personal papers. Dated 4th August 1921, it read: It can’t be done. Thinking comes under the head of infamous professional … Continue reading

1 August 2019 · Leave a comment

The Abbey Theatre

In August 1904 Halliday Sutherland, aged 22, was a 4th year medical student at Edinburgh University. He went to Dublin to learn practical midwifery at the Coombe Hospital. One evening … Continue reading

1 July 2019 · Leave a comment

The Trap

Some years after the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial, Dr Marie Stopes tried to entrap Professor Louise McIlroy at the Royal Free Hospital for Women. She wore a disguise and used a false name. This is the true story about what happened next.

1 June 2019 · Leave a comment

The Sleepless Night

At a Midsummer Eve’s Ball in the Botanic Gardens, Halliday Sutherland encountered “the Sleepless Night”. The trees around the the lawn of the Botanic Gardens were festooned with coloured fairy … Continue reading

1 May 2019 · Leave a comment

On Evolution

On a visit to Ireland in 1955, Dr Sutherland stayed in a guest house at the Mount St. Joseph Abbey near Roscrea. He contemplated the hard life of the Trappist … Continue reading

2 April 2019 · Leave a comment

Pope Pius XI

Dr Sutherland attended an audience with Pope Pius XI in Christmas 1930. At Christmas 1930 I was in Rome, and the rector of the English College arranged a private audience … Continue reading

1 March 2019 · Leave a comment

An offer to settle

Dr Marie Stopes sought to settle her libel suit against Dr Halliday Sutherland before it went to the Court.

1 February 2019 · Leave a comment

Review of 2018

A reflection on the development of this website and the highlights of 2018: In February, I visited sites relating to Dr Sutherland’s life between 1910 and 1921: Allsop Place NW1, … Continue reading

1 January 2019 · Leave a comment

Happy Christmas

This is the last post in 2018 and, to finish the year, I will leave you with a story relating to Dr Sutherland’s work in the slums of St Marylebone, … Continue reading

15 December 2018 · 2 Comments

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

21 February 2023
3.4 years to go.