History society’s French connection

Group named after first female dental graduate welcomes French society for annual meeting

19 September, 2017 / infocus

The annual meeting of the Lindsay Society for the History of Dentistry will take place on 6-8 October in Portsmouth, before returning to Scotland in 2018.

The society was named after the first woman to qualify in dentistry in the UK, Lillian Lindsay, who graduated from Edinburgh in 1895. It promotes the study of the profession’s history and welcomes members from all over the UK.

The group’s president, former Glasgow Dental Hospital and School’s Professor David McGowan, has revealed that the society will be joined this year by members of the Société Françoise d’histoire de l’art Dentaire, who will also be participating in the programme. In honour of their visit, Prof McGowan will be presenting a paper at the meeting on the French pictures in the Menzies Campbell Collection, which is housed in the Surgeons’ Hall Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Prof McGowan said: “The annual meetings are noted for their sociability as well as their scholarship and this year’s programme includes a dinner at Portsmouth’s ‘Mary Rose’ Museum.

“New members or even non-members and partners are most welcome and details are available from the secretary, Brian Williams (brianwilliams14@btinternet.com) or from the BDA Museum website.”

Next year’s annual meeting will take place at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and will feature members of the Glasgow-based Henry Noble History of Dentistry Research Group.

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