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Doug Jolly: pioneer of modern battlefield surgery in the Spanish Civil War
Special lecture by Dr David Lowe organised jointly by the Marx Memorial Library and the International Brigade Memorial Trust examining the fascinating life of Doug Jolly, medical volunteer in the Spanish Civil War (1936-9).
Dr David Lowe is an intensive care specialist at St Vincents Hospital in Sydney, Australia qualified in anaesthesia and intensive care .He is involved in the day to day management of trauma and cardiothoracic transplant patients amongst other critically ill patients. He grew up in Cambridge , qualified in medicine in Auckland, New Zealand and completed post-graduate qualifications in Australia.
An interest in the life and work of the New Zealand surgeon Dr Douglas Jolly was sparked by reading a biographical paper published by the American surgeon David Adams in 1990 ( “ Douglas Waddell Jolly as a pioneer in the surgical treatment of trauma” ).
Based on a family archive found in Canberra and various sources of original documents in the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Spain a paper on the life and work of Dr Jolly was published in the Journal of Medical Biography in 2019 in collaboration with the Wellington based writer Mark Derby.
A full biography is now in its early stages of preparation.