Department of Medical
"Ron Dingwall mentions the
PMR (as we used to call it) in his
'Recollections 1 above. In a previous life, I
founded the first Department of Medical Photography at PMR in 1965. The
hospital was originally known as the Edinburgh Hospital for Crippled
Children, but was renamed after HRH Princess Margaret in 1933.
air was considered to be the best medicine for all ailments and the wards
had verandas that opened out through French windows. Patients in their
beds would be wheeled out of the wards during the day in all seasons
including winter as long as rain or snow weren't falling."
retired consultant told me that when he conducted a ward round outdoors
during winter the metal frame on a patients leg had hoar frost on it!
Another eccentric consultant
conducted his ward rounds on horseback on a Sunday morning and the nurses
had to sweep up the inevitable residue after his visit!"
Thalidomide tragedy came as a great wake-up call to the pharmaceutical
industry and PMR became a world-renowned centre for powered prosthetics
under the direction of the late Professor David Simpson, alongside whom I
was privileged to work."
Allan Dodds, Nottingham,
Nottinghamshire, England: March 14, 20`4