South Australian Medical Heritage Society
Society Website & Virtual Museum

Iron lung - polio epidemic

Headache powders which damaged kidneys


Kidney biopsy

Welcome and please enjoy!

Upcoming Meetings:

November 23rd, 2017

The next meeting of the SAMHS is the Annual General meeting, and will be held on Thursday, 23rd of November at the Royal Society Rooms, Kintore Ave, Adelaide at 5:30 pm.

Our speaker for this month is SAMHS member, historian and author, Helen Stagg, who has kindly agreed to deputise for our scheduled speaker.

The building of the locks along the Murray River required temporary communities with all the associated services. Among her studies, Helen has researched access to care and the role of medical doctors in such communities.

"Medical care: Harnessing the River Muray"

Members and guests are welcome.

December 8th, 2017

Our final meeting for the year will be a Christmas lunch meeting on Friday 8th of December at the National Council of Women, 95 South Terrace, Adelaide, SA, 5000. Some will remember the venue from the Sherlock Holmes evening in 2012. We cannot park on site this time, but 3-hour parking is available on South Terrace, on the western side of Morphett St, and Sir Lewis Cohen Avenue.

We have hired a caterer for the food and our guest speaker, Dr Jeff Nicholas, will start his talk entitled "Behind the streets of Adelaide" promptly at 12 noon.

An attendance list will be available at the general meeting on the 23rd November. However, you can accept by emailing the Secretary, Joy Copland by the 30th of November.

Attendees will receive a reminder about a week before the meeting.

As always, guests are welcome. Cost $40 per person.

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nurses rah 1939
RAH nurses 1939

Amoeba causing meningitis

old obstetric stethoscope
Old obstetric stethoscope

Bragg hand x-ray 1896

RA Fisher,
statistics pioneer. His ashes are buried at St Peter's Cathedral, North Adelaide

Mask &
bottle for anaesthesia in tonsilectomy