The Welsh National School of Medicine

The Cardiff Years, 1893-1931

Alun Roberts

The Welsh National School of Medicine

Alun Roberts

Distributed for University of Wales Press

416 pages | 7 1/2 x 9 1/2
Cloth $10.00 ISBN: 9780708321744 Published February 2009 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

This book is an account of the origins and development of Cardiff’s and Wales’s medical school during the first four decades of its controversial existence. A contribution not only to the history of medical education in the United Kingdom, but also to the often acrimonious history between the University of Wales and Cardiff College, this volume addresses the evolving relationship between medical schools and teaching hospitals, the uniquely negative relationship between the Cardiff Royal Infirmary and the medical school during the 1920s, and the development of clinical practice within the Cardiff school, among other topics.


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1. Origins of the Cardiff Medical School to 1893

2. The Cardiff Medical School

3. Towards a Full Medical School

4. Whose Medical School?

5. A Full Medical School at Last

6. Postgraduate Medical Education and Research

7. Constitutional Wrangles

8. The Infirmary in Revolt

9. The Students

10. Parting of the Ways


1. Certain Senior Officers of the University of Wales, of the Cardiff College, and Medial School Heads of Departments

2. Agreement between the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire and the King Edward VII Hospital, Signed on 23 October 1922

3. Memorandum on the Welsh National School of Medicine, Written by A.H. Kidd, Secretary of the University Grants Committee, 5 March 1927

4. Agreement between the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire and the Cardiff Royal Infirmary Dated 1 July 1929




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 “[W]ell-written and well-documented. . . . Roberts is successful in writing a book that is likely to appeal to a number of audiences.”
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