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Thursday 2nd October 2008 - Official Book Launch of 'Irish Surgeons and Surgery in the 20th Century' by Professor Barry O'Donnell

02 October 2008

Dr. Garret Fitzgerald, former Taoiseach of Ireland, officially launched the book ‘Irish Surgeons and Surgery in the 20th Century’ by Professor Barry O’Donnell at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) at 6.30pm on the evening of Thursday 2nd October.  

Combining scholarship and a delightfully personal perspective, this is a definitive history of surgeons and surgery in Ireland during the twentieth century.  At the heart of the book are more than 400 brief biographies of surgeons who worked during the past century. The book also treats the evolution of the lifestyle of the surgeon, and the variety of social and professional experience encountered. 

Professor Barry O’Donnell was born in Cork and graduated from University College Cork (UCC). After postgraduate training in London and Boston, he practiced paediatric surgery in Dublin for thirty-seven years. He is a past President of RCSI and has been President of the Irish, British and Canadian Medical Associations. He is launching his book across Ireland and also in the United States.



Professor Frank Keane, President of RCSI, Dr. Garret Fitzgerald, former Taoiseach of Ireland, Professor Barry O'Donnell, Mr Michael Horgan, Chief Executive/Registrar of RCSI




Mr David Andrews, Mr John O'Donnell, Professor Tom Gorey




Mr Peter McLean, former President RCSI, Ms Michelle Maguire




Mr Parnell Keeling, Professor Arthur Tanner