PROFESSOR GORDON LOWE
A medical graduate of St Andrews University, Gordon worked in the University Department of Medicine, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, from 1975 to 2009. He was Professor of Vascular Medicine from 1993; and Chair of the Scottish Clinical Guidelines Network (SIGN), 2002-2007. In retirement, he developed an interest in Scottish medical history, and is currently Vice President of the Scottish Society of the History of Medicine.
His talk is short introduction to Scottish Medical History traces its evolution during the Pre-historic, Roman and Monastic eras. The Renaissance era (1500-1750) reviews the Scottish development of medical schools and colleges, and medical and surgical practices. Scientific medicine (1750-1950) developed first as part of the Scottish Enlightenment; then the evolution of biomedical sciences. Finally, the National Health Service, conceived in Scotland and Wales, is reviewed (1948-2000).