In my day
- By: Oliver Ellis
Give an old timey consultant half a chance and they’ll start reminiscing about how things aren’t as good as they used to be.
“It was a proper medical education back then,” they’ll say. “The hours were long, lessons hard, and surgeons were allowed to lob amputated limbs at students. But by god, they made proper doctors of us.”
Press them further though and they’ll tell you that when they were young their seniors were similarly misty eyed about their own good old days.
At any point in history you can find tales of how things are so much worse these days and how society is generally going to hell in a handcart.
Which is why it’s so interesting to read about what medical education was like in the first part of the 19th century. It seems like a long time ago, but when 20 year old students get taught by