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19 November 2008
The history of medical education in Cardiff and Wales is the subject of a new book that has been officially launched at the University.
The Welsh National School of Medicine, The Cardiff Years, 1893–1931 documents the origins and developments of the first four decades of the institution which would later become the School of Medicine at the University.
Written by Dr Alun Roberts, former Registrar of the University of Wales College of Medicine, then Director of its NHS Liaison Unit, the book also addresses the evolving relationship between medical schools and associated teaching hospitals.
Invited guests attended the launch event, which was held at the University’s Main Building last night (19 November 2008).
The book was commissioned before Cardiff’s merger in 2004 with the University of Wales College of Medicine, by Professor Stephen Tomlinson, past Vice-Chancellor of the College and now Provost of the University, with strong support from Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant.
Professor Tomlinson said: "Dr Roberts' splendid book describes so well, not only the historical events leading to the establishment of the Welsh National School of Medicine in 1931, but also captures the personalities of the people involved - both great and not so great! - as well as the legitimate aspirations and self-interest of their Institutions.
"The book is erudite and well-researched, showing Dr Roberts' knowledge and understanding of the history of medical education in Wales and the UK. At the same time, it is entertaining and written with humour, insight and affection for matters Welsh. I look forward to volume two!"
The Welsh National School of Medicine, The Cardiff Years, 1893–1931 is published by the University of Wales Press and can be ordered by calling 02920 557451.
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