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.

Category Archives: Consumption

Exterminating Poverty

The centenaries relating to Dr. Sutherland’s fight against eugenics and his legal battle against Marie Stopes are upon us. While the events are one-hundred years old, the ideologies and ideas … Continue reading

13 April 2022 · 1 Comment

The Edinburgh System

Dr. Sutherland’s work refers to the “Edinburgh System” for the control and eradication of tuberculosis. This post answers the question: “What was the ‘Edinburgh System’?” Dr. (later Sir) Robert Philip was a … Continue reading

1 February 2022 · Leave a comment

Experimental Open-air Class, Regent’s Park

This is Dr Halliday Sutherland’s Report on Working of Experimental Open-Air Class in Regent’s Park. It appeared in the first annual report of the St Marylebone Dispensary for the Prevention … Continue reading

1 June 2020 · Leave a comment

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

The Context of “John M’Neil”

The last post outlined that “The Story of John M’Neil” can now be viewed at the British Film Institute website. In this post, I have set out the context of … Continue reading

25 April 2018 · 1 Comment

Britain’s 1st Public Health Cinema Film

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 · 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 · 2 Comments

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 · 1 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

21 February 2023
7 months to go.