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

Polite letters

Whilst at school, I was a member of an Amnesty International group. Back then, the focus of A.I. was on “prisoners of conscience”—people persecuted, imprisoned and worse for their political or religious … Continue reading

1 May 2018 · 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 · Leave a 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 · 1 Comment

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 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

Centenary!

One-hundred years ago, on Tuesday 4th September 1917, Dr Halliday Sutherland addressed a meeting of the National Council of the Young Men’s Christian Association in King George’s Hall, in London. … Continue reading

4 September 2017 · 1 Comment

Regard their environment

In this excerpt from Dr Sutherland’s speech Consumption: Its Cause and Cure, he talked about the environment in which consumption thrived. Regard their environment: when a population is over­crowded and … Continue reading

30 August 2017 · Leave a comment

Was Consumption inherited?

The Centenary of Dr Sutherland’s speech Consumption: Its Cause and Cure occurs on 4th September 2017. Here is an excerpt in which he posed the question: Is the illness inherited? Which he then … Continue reading

26 August 2017 · 1 Comment

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

February 21st, 2023
4.5 years to go.