As part of College Day, the Royal College of Physicians is pleased to announce Professor Andrew Lees of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery will be delivering this year's FitzPatrick lecture, on soulful neurology.
Professor Lees’s first two chiefs were inspirational, understanding, helpful and kind. Both were Oslerians who warned him that it would take many years to learn how to join up the dots, become proficient at knowing where to look and to acquire the specialist knowledge needed to heal the neurologically sick. Both of them encouraged him to note and record the unusual and put it on record but to use textbooks only as an occasional source of reference. One of them suggested that Professor Lees should read the Sherlock Holmes canon. In time he came to understand that neurologists and criminal detectives both seek hidden truths and meanings in narrative and both rely on a rigorous tried and tested method which pays attention to detail. Sherlock Holmes provided a romantic bridge to William Gowers and the serious business of neurology.
The lecture will begin at 3pm on 15 April 2019. You do not need to register prior to the event.
Further information regarding the lecture content will be available shortly.
Founded by a gift from Mrs Agnes Letitia FitzPatrick, received in 1901, confirmed by deed 1930 – in memory of her husband Dr Thomas FitzPatrick MRCP (1832–1900): £2,000 to endow 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 suggestion of the lecture topic was by Dr FitzPatrick’s close friend Sir Norman Moore. This was originally two lectures for the College but this appears to have ceased in 1975.
The lectures are delivered by a fellow of the RCP appointed by the president and censors. The same fellow may be appointed 2 years in succession, but not again until an interval of at least 1 year has elapsed.