The Meath Hospital (Ospidéal na Mí) was the oldest voluntary hospital in continuous existence in Ireland; the oldest university teaching hospital; and a most significant hub of medical eponyms and notable names.
Historical timeline of Meath hospital
- 1753 – Founded to care for the sick and poor of the Liberties
- 1774 – Took on the mantle of the County Dublin Infirmary
- 1822 – Hospital moved to Heytesbury Street. Became focus of the Dublin School of Medicine. Graves and Stokes introduced bedside teaching to the English-speaking world
- 1998 – Hospital moved to Tallaght in 1998.
1844 – The first hypodermic injection was administered by Francis Rynd, surgeon in the hospital
- John Cheyne (1777-1836); physician to the Meath hospital 1811-1817
- Sir Philip Crampton (1777–1858); surgeon to the hospital in 1798
- Robert Graves (1796-1853); physician from 1821-1843
- William Stokes (1804-1878); physician from 1826-1875
- Francis Rynd (1801-1861); physician and inventor of the hypodermic syringe
- Rawdon Macnamara (1822–1893); appointed Meath surgeon in 1861
- Lambert Hepenstal Ormsby (1850-1923); surgeon to the hospital 1872-1923
- Richard Lane Joynt (1867-1928); surgeon to the hospital and one of the first radiologists in Ireland
The site of the hospital (the Dean’s Vineyard) was where Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) kept a garden and a paddock for his horse – the wall of the hospital along Long Lane incorporates parts of the wall built by Dean Swift.
The poet, author, and otolaryngologist, Oliver St John Gogarty (1878-1967) was on the staff of the hospital from 1911 to 1939. The fictional character of Malachi “Buck” Mulligan in James Joyce’s 1922 novel Ulysses is partly based on Gogarty, a close companion of Joyce.
Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. A yellow dressinggown, ungirdled, was sustained gently behind him by the mild morning air. He held the bowl aloft and intoned: “Introibo ad altare Dei“Opening line to Ulysses, 1922
Meath hospital publications
- Graves RJ, Stokes W. Clinical reports, of the medical cases in the Meath Hospital and County of Dublin Infirmary, during the session 1826. 1827
- Stokes W. An address delivered in the theatre of the Meath Hospital, 1845
- Rynd F. Neuralgia – introduction of fluid to the nerve. Dublin Med Press 1845; 13: 167–168
- Stokes W. An address delivered in the theatre of the Meath Hospital, 1847
- Stokes W. Medical education: a discourse delivered at the Meath Hospital, 1861
- Collis MH. An address delivered in the theatre of the Meath Hospital, 1867
- Stokes W. Medical ethics: a discourse delivered in the theatre of the Meath Hospital, 1869
- Stokes W. Lectures on fever: delivered in the theatre of the Meath Hospital and County of Dublin Infirmary, 1874
- Macnamara R. An address delivered in the theatre of the Meath Hospital and County of Dublin Infirmary. 1885
- Ormsby LH. The social, scientific and political influence of the medical profession: an inaugural address, delivered in the theatre of the Meath Hospital, 1886
- Ormsby LH. Medical history of the Meath Hospital and County Dublin Infirmary 1753-1888. Dublin: Fannin, 1888
- Coakley D. The Irish School of Medicine: Outstanding Practitioners of the 19th Century. Dublin: Town House. 1988
- Gatenby P. Dublin’s Meath Hospital, 1753-1996. Dublin: Town House. 1996.
- O’Neill D. The Meath Hospital, Dublin. Hektoen International Journal 2015
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