Robert Graves Lecture 1993_Dr. Oliver FitzGerald

29/04/1993 in Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Advances in Understanding and Novel Therapeutic Targets in Inflammatory Arthritis

Dr. Oliver FitzGerald, Department of Rheumatology, St. Vincent’ s Hospital, Dublin.

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that I present the 33rd Annual Graves Lecture. Robert Graves graduated from Trinity College in 1818 and after postgraduate training in London, Gottingen, Copenhagen and Berlin, he returned to Dublin and was appointed Physician to the Meath Hospital in 1824.

As recorded by one of his students, Graves used to come to work in the winter time at about seven o’clock in the mornings, when it was quite dark, to visit the wards. Trying to visualise Dr. Graves doing his ward round with his clinical clerk, Hudson, by candlelight, I began to wonder what experience Dr. Graves would have had of patients suffering from the rheumatic diseases.

Irish Journal of Medical Science , Volume 164, Issue 1, pp 4–11

This being the thirty-third Graves Lecture since its beginnings in 1961.