February Claire Moores gave us a very interesting talk entitled "Physick, Pothecary or Chirurgeon? – uncovering Cheshire’s medical men and their work"
Starting with a brief history of the development of the medical professions, Claire described how the professions of Physicians, Surgeons and Apothecaries developed. Who was aware of the link between the Surgeons and Barbers in the 16th /17th century!!!
We also learnt about some of the important medical men of Cheshire. Amongst them was Thomas Haygarth, an 18th-century British physician who discovered new ways to prevent the spread of fever among patients and reduce the mortality rate of smallpox. He spent 30 years working in Chester. John Latham who was born in Gawsworth later became came President of the Royal College of Physicians. Peter Holland born in Knutsford was a pioneer of occupational medicine. He was responsible for treating the Gregg family, the owners of Quarry Bank Mill, but was also retained for a fee of 12 guineas a year to care for the apprentices at the Mill.
January Sue Taylor's talk was entitled “The history behind famous foods”. Sue took us on a fascinating journey through the famous brands which at some point have been found in our kitchen cupboards.
Illustrating the talk with some memorable adverts jogged many memories from the past. Many of the foods are still around today, however the adverts themselves have moved on somewhat !!!.