As part of College Day, the Royal College of Physicians is pleased to announce Dr Nick Levell will be delivering this year's FitzPatrick lecture, 'Daniel Turner Vs Thomas Dover - a story of rivals, slaves and pirates, dermatology and physicians'.
Daniel Turner and Thomas Dover practiced as physicians in London in the early 18th century, both with interests in skin disease and syphilis. They came from very different backgrounds. One had links with Royalty and the senior medical figures of the age, but despite this start sought his fortune via the slave trade and other disreputable activities. The other was from humble beginnings and worked hard to better himself through long hours of clinical activity, sycophancy and writing textbooks, but was never quite acceptable to the establishment. The two became bitter rivals in later life. Their conduct to each other, to their patients and to the RCP, can give us lessons on how to behave and how not to behave as a doctor in the 18th and the 21st centuries.
How to attend
The lecture will begin at 4pm on Monday 26 March 2018. You do not need to register prior to the event.
Dr Nick Levell
Nick Levell is a consultant dermatologist at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where he has been a clinical director for 13 of the last 23 years. He is President of the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), Speciality National Lead for Dermatology for the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and National Clinical Lead for Dermatology for the NHS Improvement GIRFT Programme. His has interests in medical dermatology including vasculitis, cellulitis and patch testing and is Immediate Past President of the British Society for Medical Dermatology. Aside from the NIHR Clinical Research Programme, his current active research includes skin cancer epidemiology, health economics, health services research, IT and history of medicine. He set up History of Medicine Symposia at the BAD annual meetings in 2002, which now attract around 30 academic abstracts each year. He was appointed Honorary Willan Librarian for the BAD in 2013 and is Vice-President of the European Society for the History of Dermato-Venereology.
Background to the FitzPatrick trust
Founded by a £2,000 gift from Mrs Agnes Letitia FitzPatrick, received in 1901 and confirmed by deed in 1930, in memory of her husband Dr Thomas FitzPatrick MRCP (1832–1900) the Fitzpatrick trust endows a lectureship in The History of Medicine, the precise subject to be announced beforehand and the lectures to be printed and published in a separate book.
The lectures are delivered by a Fellow of the college appointed by the President and Censors and the same fellow may be appointed 2 years in succession, but not again until an interval of at least 1 year has elapsed.