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Historical highlights of our clinical research

Bournemouth is a young town. It had its first hospital in 1854, and in 1877 the Boscombe, Pokesdown and Springbourne Infirmary opened its doors, closely followed by the Boscombe Cottage Hospital at Shelley Road. Ten years later, in 1887, the Royal Victoria Hospital was established in Westbourne. In 1911 these hospitals merged under a unitary name, the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Although doctors and nurses used up-to-date medical practices at these Bournemouth hospitals, such as the use of the ‘Nordrac’ method in 1898 - a regime of rest, fresh air, healthy diet and graded exercise for chest infections - we do not know when actual clinical research started. We know more about research in recent times. In 1967 Dr A.T. Hendry won a research prize for his work on Pulmonary Embolism. In 1988 Dr J. Mikhail and Dr Tattersall developed the technique for testing school children for tuberculosis. And, Professor Terry Hamblin, who was appointed a Consultant Haematologist in Bournemouth in 1974, became a leading authority in his field. With the help of his colleagues at the hospital, Professor Hamblin demonstrated that chronic lymphocytic leukaemia comes in two forms which advanced our understanding of the disease.

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