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RCSEd Welcomes Local School Pupils to its Annual Christmas Lecture

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03 Dec 2012


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) is pleased to welcome local Edinburgh school pupils to the College for its annual Christmas lecture on Monday 3 December 2012.


The traditional Christmas lecture has been given to local Edinburgh school pupils annually since 1969, with guest lecturers speaking on a wide array of surgical-related topics as diverse as forensic anthropology to emergency medicine in disaster zones.


This year's lecture will be given by RCSEd Fellow, Colonel Mike Stewart CBE on the subject, 'The Drums of War and the March of Surgery'. In this lecture, Colonel Stewart will give a brief account of some of the surgical lessons of the major wars of the 20th century, which have produced or consolidated advances in the care of the injured. The areas of emphasis will be on developments in the fields of resuscitation, management of wounds and fractures, and rehabilitation; with a particular focus on casualty evacuation, infection and antibiotics, and surgical reconstruction.


Col Mike StewartColonel Stewart has served in the Army for over 25 years, across the world, and on operational deployments in Kuwait, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. For over a decade until his retirement this year, he had been the Senior Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Armed Forces, Consultant Advisor to the Surgeon General, and Programme Director of Training in Military Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery. In 2004, he was appointed Honorary Surgeon to Her Majesty the Queen. He has received numerous decorations, including CBE (Military Division) in 2010.


On 16 November 2012, Colonel Stewart was awarded the RCSEd Fellowship ad hominem in recognition of the contribution he has made in the field of orthopaedic surgery, particularly in the management of serious trauma.


To view the previous list of Christmas Lectures' Speakers and Topics, please download the document below. The Christmas Lecture is by invitation only. If you are interested in finding out more, please email education@rcsed.ac.uk .

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