History of Medicine Section, Wednesday 13th November 2019_Knowing the prostate

13/11/2019 in Conor Ward Room, First Floor, Setanta House, Setanta Place, Dublin 2

Knowing the prostate, knowing the man: the creation of a surgical specialty, 1895-1920

 Kieran Fitzpatrick BA, MA, DPhil

NUI Research Fellow in the Humanities, Moore Institute at NUI Galway

Summary:  Between 1880 and 1920, medical knowledge of the genitourinary organs was made ‘modern’ by innovative surgeons who devised new and safer techniques to cure their patients. However, in addition, the social meanings of masculinity, particularly in Britain, were changing around them. These changes placed greater emphasis on the protection of men’s health in line with middle-class values, particularly those concerned with the protection of the nation and the empire via a man’s ‘character’. This paper traces the relationship between masculinity and genitourinary medicine through the casebooks of the Galwegian surgeon, Peter Freyer.

All Welcome, particularly students

Date: Wednesday 13th November 2019

Time: 6.15 pm

Venue: Conor Ward Room, First Floor, Setanta House, Setanta Place, Dublin 2