The First Medical Research in Australia

Date: October 26, 2014
Time: 2 - 3 pm


Meeting Room; QVMAG
2 Invermay Road; INVERESK


Presented by Professor John Pearn from the School of Medicine, University of Queensland.

Australia has a rich heritage of medical research.  For those interested in “firsts”,  the first formal medical research in Australia was undertaken on the French naval Baudin expedition  of 1801 – 1803, in Tasmanian waters.   The French naval surgeon, Francois Peron, had constructed a strength-testing machine, a dynamometer, and used this to measure the effects of climate and nutrition on human strength.  These experiments were conducted against the background of scurvy, a disease which Cook’s  earlier nutritional experiments had brought under control in the Royal Navy.  Maria Island holds a special place in the history of medicine and healthcare in Australia.

Professor John Pearn is a Senior Paediatrician based at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.  A Founder and Past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine.  He is also a long-serving Committee Member of the International Society of the History of Medicine.  As Major General John Pearn, he is a former Surgeon General of the ADF.

Admission: $5 General Public, $3 Friends of the Museum, $2 Students
Free for members of The Royal Society of Tasmania

RSVP-  E:, T: 6323 3798 by 23 October

Event audience: Everyone