The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

A history of Clinical Specialties in Leeds

A book detailing a fascinating insight into the history of the clinical specialties in Leeds has been launched, with proceeds from sales going to Leeds Cares.

Capturing the inspiring medical and surgical developments that have taken place in Leeds over the past 250 years, the book has been written by clinicians past and present at Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

Titled A History of the Clinical Specialties in Leeds 1767-2018, it tells the story of the development of some of the clinical specialties including medicine and surgery, and techniques ranging from aseptic surgery to the first liver transplant in Leeds.

The book also celebrates how healthcare in Leeds has grown; from 1767 when an annual subscription of two guineas enabled 371 patients to be treated at the General Infirmary at Leeds, through to 2017/18 when Leeds Teaching Hospitals treated over 1.6 million patients.

With over sixty contributors, and a combination of research and memories, this unique collection was released in the year when the NHS celebrated its 70th birthday to mark the historical milestone.

David Berridge, Deputy Chief Medical Officer was one of the founders of the project. He said: “It is easy to forget the important history that underpins the current modern services that we provide, and this book has been written as a way to capture this before it is forgotten. I would encourage everyone to pick up a copy for a fascinating insight into healthcare in Leeds.”

The book is available to purchase for £14.95 from the Leeds Cares online shop.