Archive for August, 2011

Do you recognise these ladies?

August 23rd, 2011

Does anyone know who these ladies are and which department they are working in?

Which year was it taken?

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Mystery Photo

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Dr Henry James Paine

August 17th, 2011
Dr Henry James Paine

Dr Henry James Paine

Buried in Cathays, Section L is Dr Henry James Paine (1817-1894). Dr Paine is best known for his achievements in bringing sanitary conditions to Cardiff and the seamen’s hospital, The Hamadryad.
In 1847 the Rammell Inquiry stated that Cardiff had dangerously polluted water and no sanitation. Typhoid was rife and Cholera outbreaks common. After the inquiry Paine was
appointed the Medical Officer and installed a £200,000 deep drainage sanitation system. The population of Cardiff grew rapidly with Irish immigration to escape the Famine. Some
200 died immediately of various diseases with over 500 people from this area dying of Cholera by 1854. Through Paine’s work by the 1866 Cholera outbreak only 44 people died.
Flatholm Island (near Barry) was acquired for the reception of immigrants with Cholera so that the disease did not enter the town. Paine is also renowned for reducing the effects of
Smallpox in Cardiff. Through his pioneering ideas to keep Cardiff free from disease and improve sanitation, it is estimated that Dr Paine may have saved over 15,000 lives at the time
of his retirement in 1887.
Paine bought and fitted out the Hamadryad at a cost of £1414.00 to house 60-65 in-patients with a doctor, medical staff, matron, nurse and cook. The ship was grounded on “Rat Island”, an area that later came to be known as Tiger Bay. Voluntary contributions kept it going and a 2 shilling contribution was extracted for every 100 tons of registered shipping that entered Cardiff. By 1871 the ship became the only centre in the city for treating infectious diseases and the ship opened its doors to the ill of Cardiff. To celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, a permanent hospital building was proposed which was eventually taken under the umbrella of the National Health Service.

Taken from the Cathays Cemetery Heritage Trail

Dr Dafydd Huws (1936 – 2011)

August 3rd, 2011
Dr Dafydd Huws

Dr Dafydd Huws

It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Dr Dafydd Huws at the age of 75.
Dafydd was appointed Consultant Psychiatrist at Whitchurch Hospital in 1971 and retired in 1996. He had been a medical student in Cardiff and also undertaken his post graduate training in the Cardiff area.
His consultant responsibilities including looking after the day hospital at Tegfan, as well as providing general psychiatric care to an adult population. Prior to retirement he had been clinical director and subsequently medical director to the Cardiff Community NHS Trust.
It is almost impossible to condense into a few paragraphs his life and work as a psychiatrist, as well as conveying something of the person and character that he was. His energy and enthusiasm permeated everything that he did. Dafydd had a special interest in eating disorders and psychosomatic illness. He never failed to be intrigued by the different ways people and personalities presented their illness. He was genuinely interested in the human condition and how we cope with stress and adversity. His approach was not always conventional, but he was usually successful, I think its fair to say that he would not have felt comfortable working in today’s managed care system.
One of his strengths was as a communicator; He often used analogy to explain concepts. One of the more enduring in explaining psychosomatic illness  being the overfull suitcase, which if the contents were not allowed to bulge out of the front, would manifest as pressure in a different part of the container. He was in demand as a lecturer and speaker, but also by the media who sought his view when any story of a psychiatric relevance broke.
He was a great mentor for any young psychiatrist, and always ready with good advice, one of his favourites was the assertion that the secret of a long career in psychiatry was to do something completely different – and he did that with gusto.  He was an active member of Plaid Cymru, their first councilor in Cardiff, and one time party chairman. He ran several farms, and enjoyed relating the story and how he used to bring back orphaned lambs from his farm near Aberystwyth and keep them in the residency in medical quarters during the working week, and the great lengths he would go to in order to dodge the cleaner. His interest in renewable  energy he later turned into a business, owning and running one of the first wind farms in Wales.
Dafydd perhaps more than anything else was a proud Welshman, and was unflinching in his support of the language and culture, this naturally extended to his patronage of the Welsh Psychiatric Society and y Gyndeithas Feddygol. He had a keen intellect and wrote Welsh poetry and enjoyed nothing better during work breaks than discussing philosophy and theology with his colleagues.
During his final illness he did a radio programme. Interviewed in Welsh he talked about his life and career. He talked very openly about his cancer and how it had affected him, but commented that he would not have wished to have lived without it. He felt that the experience had in many ways changed him and enriched his being – a comment typical of the man who could see the positive and value in most things.
His funeral took place in Bow Street, Aberystwyth on the 9th of July. He leaves a widow Rhian, and five children, two of whom have followed him into the medical profession.

Thanks to Dr John Lewis for this post