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: Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis, Heredity and Environment

Halliday Sutherland was the defendant in the celebrated 1923 “Birth Control Libel Trial,”—Stopes v. Sutherland. Historians cite only his 1919 conversion to Catholicism as the reason for his criticism of Marie … Continue reading

25 September 2014 · 3 Comments

Why I set up this website.

by Mark Sutherland, grandson of Halliday Sutherland The birth control movement arose at the beginning of the twentieth century from Eugenics and Neo-Malthusianism.  In the United States, Margaret Sanger’s birth … Continue reading

16 September 2014 · 1 Comment

Tuberculosis in Edwardian Britain

Since the inception of this website earlier in the year, the “Press Kit” section has been “under construction”, but no longer: today I uploaded the first fact sheet: Tuberculosis in the … Continue reading

20 August 2014 · Leave a comment

Britain’s 1st health education film

According to his obituary, Halliday Sutherland produced Britain’s first health education cinema film in Edinburgh in 1911. The film was called: The Story of John M’Neil. The British Film Institute catalogue describes … Continue reading

8 August 2014 · Leave a comment

Tuberculosis and eugenics

In the United Kingdom every year fifty thousand people die of consumption or tuberculosis of the lung; twenty thousand more from other forms of the disease; a hundred and fifty thousand … Continue reading

14 July 2014 · 1 Comment

The case of Mr. Z

The medical doctors amoung the readership of this blog will be well aware that a doctor’s examination and diagnosis takes into account all factors, medical and social. In this post, … Continue reading

29 May 2014 · 1 Comment

The Regent’s Park Bandstand School

The Regent’s Park Bandstand School was run from the St Marylebone Dispensary for the Prevention of Consumption. Dr Sutherland described it in this excerpt from “Arches of the Years”. The … Continue reading

11 May 2014 · 2 Comments

The White Plague

The “white plague” and “consumption” were colloquial names for tuberculosis. And plague it was, causing around ten percent of deaths in Britain between 1850 and 1950. Dr Sutherland described working with consumptive patients in … Continue reading

6 April 2014 · 1 Comment

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Centenary of the Stopes v. Sutherland libel trial

21 February 2023
16 months to go.