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Annual Mackenzie Lecture Series
The Annual Mackenzie Lecture Series commences in September 2019. Please register your interest at PGMed@uclan.ac.uk
The Society for Academic Primary Care’s Regional/North Conference
28 – 29 November 2019, UCLan Preston
The regional SAPC conference for the North will take place on UCLan’s main campus in Preston on 28th and 29th of November 2019. The SAPC conferences are the main venues for discussing improvements in Primary Care provision in the UK. The Society provides a clear voice for Academic Primary Care in the complex and ever-changing Primary Care environment and offers a point of reference and contact for those seeking academic solutions to the problems in Primary Care and working for the advancement of Academic Primary Care.
Dr James Mackenzie
Dr Mackenzie began working in Burnley as general practitioner in 1879, developing an international reputation for his work in clinical research. A significant part of his GP practice included domiciliary obstetrics (home births) and when an apparently well woman, under his care, died suddenly of heart failure in the first stage of labour he was both shocked and sought to understand why. As a result of this tragic situation, he asked himself: ‘Would this death have occurred if I had a better knowledge of heart afflictions?’. He made it his life’s work to study and research the function of the heart and treatment of heart problems.
Following his observations and investigations, he discovered that the most appropriate form of early diagnosis was provided by observation of the jugular venous pulse (JVP) and he created a machine known as ‘Dr Mackenzie’s Ink Polygraph’ to measure the pulse. This innovation was the precursor to cardiac monitoring, and ultimately the electrocardiogram (ECG).
At the height of his fame, having become established as a cardiologist in London, he returned to his native Scotland and established an Institute of Clinical Research attached to St Andrews University which continued his work up until the 1940s.
Dr Mackenzie established the foundations of cardiology. Most importantly these stemmed from his observations in general practice, and in the community. Mackenzie’s believed that medicine should be studied in the communities that doctors work, as he felt that doctors were well equipped to provide the basis of medical research.
It is the vision of Sir James Mackenzie that General Practitioners are in the best position to carry out medical research in the community. So, we have encapsulated his ideas in our newly established Institute at the heart of the community in Burnley run by locally-based GPs and academics. The opportunities to address the everyday problems faced in modern general practice are enormous and we are excited and privileged to be able to do this.