The Cowlishaw Symposium

Photograph of Leslie Cowlishaw

Leslie Cowlishaw (1877-1943) (source)

The Cowlishaw Symposium promotes the collection of historical volumes held by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. The collection was created through the efforts of three men: Robert Gordon Craig, Leslie Cowlishaw and Kenneth F. Russell. Robert Gordon Craig (1870-1931) was one of the College’s founders. He bequeathed £60,000 to the College for education and research. In his honour, the College’s library is named the Gordon Craig Library. Doctor Leslie Cowlishaw (1877-1943) was a bibliophile who became an honorary lecturer in medical history at the University of Sydney and the first honorary librarian for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). His will gave the the RACP first option on his collection, but, for financial reasons this offer was rejected. It was Kenneth F. Russell who (1911-1987) convinced the College to acquire the collection, which he then spent a great deal of time protecting and cataloging.

The Cowlishaw Collection contains some 3,000 volumes of outstanding quality. There are eight incunabula (books printed before 1501), including Guy de Chauliac's Cyrurgia, Venice, 1499. Hippocrates is presented in eighteen editions, Galen in five editions, and Celsus in twenty-one, starting with the 1493 printing. Vesalius's 1558 edition of De humanis corporis fabrica, and Fare's 1568 edition of Traiete de la Peste are also included in the collection, along with many English books from the sixteenth and seventeenth century.

References

The First Fifty Years of Medicine in Australia

L Cowlishaw
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1936.tb03505.x (Volume 6 Issue 1 (July 1936) p 3-17)

The Historical Collections in the Library of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

KF Russell
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1966.tb04405.x (Volume 36 Issue 1 (August 1966) p 77-82)

The Cowlishaw Collection

Neville Davis
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1977.tb03953.x (Volume 47 Issue 1 (February 1977) p 130-131)

Keith Mutimer. Through a mirror, darkly. RACS Surgical News April 2009, 10:43.


First Cowlishaw Symposium (1996)

The Cowlishaw Symposium: Introduction to the Proceedings

A.W. Beasley
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1997.tb02026.x (Volume 67 Issue 8 (August 1997) p 498-500)

Kenneth Fitzpatrick Russell: The First Reader to the Gordon Craig Library

Peter F. Burke
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1997.tb02027.x (Volume 67 Issue 8 (August 1997) p 501-507)

Nom Et Lumière Enlightenment Through Nomenclature (The 1996 Kenneth F. Russell Memorial Lecture)

John Pearn
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1997.tb02028.x (Volume 67 Issue 8 (August 1997) p 508-511)

Beneficence, Temperance and Medical Science

Tess Cramond
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1997.tb02029.x (Volume 67 Issue 8 (August 1997) p 512-519)

Pott, Pedantry and Precision

D.G. Macleish
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1997.tb02030.x (Volume 67 Issue 8 (August 1997) p 520-523)

William Cheselden (1688–1752): Humane Anatomist and Master Surgeon

James Guest
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1997.tb02031.x (Volume 67 Issue 8 (August 1997) p 524-527)

Abernethy and the Golden Age of Surgical Teaching

S.A. Mellick
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1997.tb02032.x (Volume 67 Issue 8 (August 1997) p 528-533)

A Debt to Alexis: The Beaumont-St Martin Story

N.A. Myers, E. Durham Smith
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1997.tb02033.x (Volume 67 Issue 8 (August 1997) p 534-539)

Paré as a Neurosurgeon

Donald Simpson
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1997.tb02034.x (Volume 67 Issue 8 (August 1997) p 540-546)

Home Away From Home

A.W. Beasley
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1997.tb02035.x (Volume 67 Issue 8 (August 1997) p 547-550)


Second Cowlishaw Symposium (1998)

The Second Cowlishaw Symposium: Introduction to the Proceedings

A.W. Beasley
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.1999.01555.x (Volume 69 Issue 4 (April 1999) p 251-251)

A Web of Words: The 1998 Kenneth F. Russell Memorial Lecture

A.W. Beasley
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.1999.01556.x (Volume 69 Issue 4 (April 1999) p 252-257)

Thomas Sydenham: The English Hippocrates

Gordon Low
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.1999.01557.x (Volume 69 Issue 4 (April 1999) p 258-262)

Cooper and Some of His Contemporaries

D.G. Macleish
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.1999.01560.x (Volume 69 Issue 4 (April 1999) p 263-266)

The Knife and the Stone

Donald Urquhart-Hay
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.1999.01565.x (Volume 69 Issue 4 (April 1999) p 267-275)

Giovanni Borelli and the Study of Human Movement: An Historical Review

A.J. Thurston
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.1999.01558.x (Volume 69 Issue 4 (April 1999) p 276-288)

Politics and Medical Education in the Times of the French Revolution, Napoleon I and Restoration

Marius Fahrer
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.1999.01559.x (Volume 69 Issue 4 (April 1999) p 289-290)

Trauma Surgery During the Military Revolution: The Career of Richard Wiseman

Donald Simpson
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.1999.01562.x (Volume 69 Issue 4 (April 1999) p 291-296)

The Montpellier School and Guy De Chauliac

S.A. Mellick
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.1999.01561.x (Volume 69 Issue 4 (April 1999) p 297-301)

A History of Sympathectomy

John P. Royle
DOI: 302-307 (Volume 69 Issue 4 (April 1999) p 302-307)


Third Cowlishaw Symposium (2000)

Introduction to the Proceedings of the Third Cowlishaw Symposium

A.W. Beasley
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.2000.01984.x (Volume 70 Issue 12 (December 2000) p 833-834)

English Roots of Medical Education in Australasia: Kenneth F. Russell Memorial Lecture

Donald Simpson
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.2000.01985.x (Volume 70 Issue 12 (December 2000) p 843-850)

A History of Obstetric Vesicovaginal Fistula

Robert F. Zacharin
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.2000.01990.x (Volume 70 Issue 12 (December 2000) p 851-854)

Of Blood, Inflammation and Gunshot Wounds: The History of the Control of Sepsis

Alan J. Thurston
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.2000.01983.x (Volume 70 Issue 12 (December 2000) p 855-861)

All Here Are Agog with the Chloroform

A.J. Newson
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.2000.01986.x (Volume 70 Issue 12 (December 2000) p 862-869)

The Value of Medical Publications: 'To Read Them Would Burden the Memory to No Useful Purpose'

Spencer W. Beasley
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.2000.01987.x (Volume 70 Issue 12 (December 2000) p 870-874)

John White and Matthew Flinders, Voyageurs Avantureux in New South Wales 1788–1799

S.A. Mellick
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.2000.01988.x (Volume 70 Issue 12 (December 2000) p 875-882)

Surgical Appreciation of Robert Boyle in the 21st Century

D.L. Murphy
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.2000.02009.x (Volume 70 Issue 12 (December 2000) p 883-891)

To Study the Healing Art

A.W. Beasley
DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.2000.01989.x (Volume 70 Issue 12 (December 2000) p 892-897)


Fourth Cowlishaw Symposium (2002)

Introduction to the Proceedings of the Fourth Cowlishaw Symposium

A.W. Beasley
DOI: 10.1046/j.1445-2197.2003.t01-1-02628.x (Volume 73 Issue 5 (May 2003) p 335-335)

Pierre Dionis and the Franco-British dialogue in surgery

Donald Simpson
DOI: 10.1046/j.1445-2197.2003.t01-1-02626.x (Volume 73 Issue 5 (May 2003) p 336-340)

Anthony Eden's bile duct: portrait of an ailing leader

Gabriel Kune
DOI: 10.1046/j.1445-2197.2003.t01-1-02625.x (Volume 73 Issue 5 (May 2003) p 341-345)

A triple tie: the relationship between science, religion and society

Philip Sharp
DOI: 10.1046/j.1445-2197.2003.t01-1-02624.x (Volume 73 Issue 5 (May 2003) p 346-351)

Sir Thomas Browne: physician 1605-1682 and the Religio Medici

Sam Mellick
DOI: 10.1046/j.1445-2197.2003.t01-1-02646.x (Volume 73 Issue 6 (June 2003) p 431-437)

Writings of Daniel Turner and his views on the practice of surgery

Reginald Magee
DOI: 10.1046/j.1445-2197.2003.t01-1-02643.x (Volume 73 Issue 6 (June 2003) p 438-442)

Sir Colin Mackenzie: a remarkable legacy!

John A. L. Hart
DOI: 10.1046/j.1445-2197.2003.t01-1-02635.x (Volume 73 Issue 6 (June 2003) p 443-448)

Bartholomeo Eustachio - the third man: Eustachius published by Albinus

Marius Fahrer
DOI: 10.1046/j.1445-1433.2003.02627.x (Volume 73 Issue 7 (July 2003) p 523-528)

Dupuytren's disease or Cooper's contracture?: Kenneth Fitzpatrick Russell Memorial Lecture

Alan Thurston
DOI: 10.1046/j.1445-1433.2003.02645.x (Volume 73 Issue 7 (July 2003) p 529-535)

Snippets from Scultetus

A.W. Beasley
DOI: 10.1046/j.1445-1433.2003.02644.x (Volume 73 Issue 7 (July 2003) p 536-539)


Fifth Cowlishaw Symposium (2004)

Introduction to the Proceedings of the 2004 Cowlishaw Symposium

A. W. Beasley
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2005.03416.x (Volume 75 Issue 5 (May 2005) p 326-326)

Deep Depression: Mapping, Weather Forecasting and the Beagle

A. W. Beasley
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2005.03379.x (Volume 75 Issue 5 (May 2005) p 327-332)

The Kenneth Fitzpatrick Russell Memorial Lecture: 'Of Books and Libraries: A reflection inspired by surgeon William Bland's copy of Manec's Treatize on the Ligature of Arteries'

Sam Mellick
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2005.03380.x (Volume 75 Issue 5 (May 2005) p 333-339)

Medical Remedies: From the Old to the New

Philip Sharp
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2005.03413.x (Volume 75 Issue 5 (May 2005) p 340-346)

'AO' or Eponyms: The Classification of Wrist Fractures

Alan J. Thurston
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2005.03414.x (Volume 75 Issue 5 (May 2005) p 347-355)

Phrenology and the Neurosciences: Contributions of F. J. Gall and J. G. Spurzheim

Donald Simpson
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2005.03426.x (Volume 75 Issue 6 (June 2005) p 475-482)

College Portraits, Surgeons and the Archibald Prize

John Peterson Royle
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2005.03423.x (Volume 75 Issue 6 (June 2005) p 483-488)

Physick: In the Style of John Wesley

Reginald Magee
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2005.03425.x (Volume 75 Issue 6 (June 2005) p 489-492)

Chemistry of Antoine Baumé (1774)

Marius Fahrer
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2005.03424.x (Volume 75 Issue 6 (June 2005) p 493-495)


Sixth Cowlishaw Symposium (2006)

The Cowlishaw Symposium: A Perspective

Alan J. Thurston
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2007.04318.x (Volume 77 Issue 12 (December 2007) p 1034-1035)

Nicolaes Tulp and the Golden Age of the Dutch Republic

Donald Simpson
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2007.04327.x (Volume 77 Issue 12 (December 2007) p 1095-1101)

Dr Nicolaes Tulp of Amsterdam, 1593–1674: Anatomist and Doctor of Medicine

Sam A. Mellick
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2007.04328.x (Volume 77 Issue 12 (December 2007) p 1102-1109)

World Leaders Surviving Serious Illness: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Pope John Paul II

Gabriel Kune
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2007.04329.x (Volume 77 Issue 12 (December 2007) p 1110-1113)

Paré and Prosthetics: The Early History of Artificial Limbs

Alan J. Thurston
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2007.04330.x (Volume 77 Issue 12 (December 2007) p 1114-1119)

Varicose Veins: Hippocrates to Jerry Moore

John Royle, George M. Somjen
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2007.04331.x (Volume 77 Issue 12 (December 2007) p 1120-1127)

Morgagni's Hernia: Believing is Seeing

Craig A. McBride, Spencer W. Beasley
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2008.04641.x (Volume 78 Issue 9 September 2008 p 739-744)


Seventh Cowlishaw Symposium (2008)

William Marsden, a pioneer in social medicine

Reginald Magee
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2009.05144.x (Volume 79 Issue 12 (December 2009) p 918-921)

John Brown's book

Wyn Beasley
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2009.05145.x (Volume 79 Issue 12 (December 2009) p 922-925)

Sir William Mackenzie: sympathetic ophthalmia and glaucoma before ophthalmoscopy

Geoffrey Serpell
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2009.05146.x (Volume 79 Issue 12 (December 2009) p 926-929)

From Lanfranc to Sunderland: the surgery of peripheral nerve injuries

Donald Simpson
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2009.05147.x (Volume 79 Issue 12 (December 2009) p 930-935)

Signal naval achievements of James Lind (1747), James Cook (1770) and Owen Stanley (1847)

Sam A. Mellick
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2009.05148.x (Volume 79 Issue 12 (December 2009) p 936-940)

Art of preserving health: studies on the medical supervision of physical exercise

Alan J. Thurston
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2009.05149.x (Volume 79 Issue 12 (December 2009) p 941-945)


Eighth Cowlishaw Symposium (2010)

Vital endowments: Sir Charles Bell and the history of some congenital abnormalities of the upper limb

Alan Thurston
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2011.05756.x (Volume 81 Issue 12 (December 2011) p 900-904)

The papal anatomist: Eustachius in renaissance Rome

Donald Simpson
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2011.05793.x (Volume 81 Issue 12 (December 2011) p 905-910)

Sir Kenelm Digby (1603–1665): diplomat, entrepreneur, privateer, duellist, scientist and philosopher

Sam A. Mellick
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2011.05708.x (Volume 81 Issue 12 (December 2011) p 911-914)

Weasels, keys and Thersites

A. W. Beasley
DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2011.05711.x (Volume 81 Issue 12 (December 2011) p 915-919)

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