Dr. Halliday Sutherland

"Dr. Halliday Sutherland is 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

The Context of “John M’Neil”

The last post outlined that what is thought to be Britain’s first public health cinema film can now be viewed at the British Film Institute website. In this post, I … Continue reading

25 April 2018 · Leave a comment

“The Story of John M’Neil”

Dr Halliday Sutherland produced Britain’s first public health cinema film. The film, The Story of John M’Neil, is available through the good works of the British Film Institute. You can view … Continue reading

24 April 2018 · 1 Comment

Anniversary

Dr Sutherland died on this day in 1960. “A return to Arcadia” by Halliday Sutherland I went in fear and trembling lest the place in reality should be less wonderful than … Continue reading

19 April 2018 · 3 Comments

Allsop Place, N.W.

On a bright but cold Sunday morning at the beginning of February, I went to four sites of interest. The first of these was the august premises of The Medical Society … Continue reading

2 April 2018 · 1 Comment

Babies in the Right Place

“Babies in the Right Place” was the catch cry of the Society for Constructive Birth Control (C.B.C.), but what did it actually mean? Three artifacts provide the best explanation in … Continue reading

11 March 2018 · 4 Comments

The steady evil

With these words, Dr Marie Stopes explained why she set up the Society for Constructive Birth Control and Racial Progress in 1921 to support her Holloway Mothers’ Clinic. The activities of the … Continue reading

1 March 2018 · Leave a comment

Exterminate poverty

Dr Marie Stopes and Mr Humphrey Roe opened the first birth control clinic in the British Empire on 17th March 1921. Sir James Barr recognised that dispensing contraceptives could be … Continue reading

28 February 2018 · Leave a comment

The marriage of undesirables

Sir James Barr made a speech The Future of the Medical Profession on 21st September 1918. At the time, tuberculosis killed 70,000 and disabled 150,000 people in Britain each year. … Continue reading

27 February 2018 · Leave a comment

Check the unfit

“The bulk of the tuberculous belong to stocks which we want ab initio to discourage. Everything which tends to check the multiplication of the unfit, to emphasize the at the fertility of the physically … Continue reading

25 February 2018 · 3 Comments

Race breeders

  “There are some self-styled eugenists—…race breeders with the souls of cattle-breeders—who declaim that the prevention of disease is not in itself a good thing. They say the efficiency of … Continue reading

22 February 2018 · Leave a comment

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

February 21st, 2023
4.8 years to go.