"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
One of the aims of this website is to make the Halliday Sutherland archive accessible to a wider audience, including to historians and journalists. Some of the documents published uniquely here include Dr. Sutherland’s 1917 address Consumption: Its Cause and Cure, and the (uncensored) publisher’s draft of his visit to the Magdalene Laundry at Galway in 1955.
The recent rediscovery of the first annual report of the St. Marylebone Dispensary for the Prevention of Consumption dated 31st December 1911 means that it will be the next document to be presented, in scan form, later this year.
The curator of the site has started to compile information from the first report —including names of donors and office holders—to enable it to be discovered online. You can view a copy of this work in progress here.
Picture shows “Patient sleeping out in Shelter” photograph from the first annual report of the clinic, 31st December 1911.
The next article will be published on June 1st, 2016.