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The 69 Club Yearbook Editorial

The '69 Club Yearbook cover

The '69 Club Year Book

Another Year Book goes to press; the annual warning to the public that yet another transfusion is about to be poured into the tired old veins of the N.H.S. To the public, to the staff under whom we have laboured for these past six years, and we hope, to the patients about to gamble with their lives in assessing our capabilities, the '69 Club must seem no different from any of the previous outpourings from the Younger and Caird Halls; yet over the years the feeling has grown among members of the Club that we represent something unique - the last of the "Old Guard" in the face of the changing emphasis in Medical education. So often as we have passed through the Faculty on our way to Finals, the teaching structure has been altered immediately after our passage; as if we had strained the curriculum beyond its capacity. We were lucky to be one of six consecutive Years to matriculate simultaneously in both Dundee and St. Andrews, and to be able to choose which of the degrees we would accept. We were the last Anatomy class to buy skeletons before the emphasis changed to Histology, and the last to pass through Physiology before the new courses in Biochemistry were instituted.We must surely be one of the last classes to receive clinical tuition in Maryfield (Hospital), and of course we were one of the last to have completed eight terms of the course before meeting for the first time the other half of the class.

In our time have come the founding of new Chairs in Biochemistry, Clinical Chemistry and Orthopaedics; the opening of the Neurosurgery department; we have watched the snail's pace progress on the new hospital at Ninewells, and we have seen the preparations for the education of a new breed of Medics, to all of whom we wish the best of luck

In other ways too, the '69 Club has broken from tradition; by a secretarial error we were officially registered as the "Six Tea-Time Club", and our head office was declared to be in the men's lavatory at the foot of the Tower, in which select rendezvous we presume the A.G.M. to have been held. We have not been less social than previous years, yet the Club had held fewer organised "Events" than is customary. It is reassuring to note that the tradition for a high rate in marriages and engagements has been maintained; by Graduation exactly one third of the class will either be married or desperately close to it.

The exact function of the Year Book is uncertain, beyond the fact that it provides an alternative to listening to the speeches at the Final Dinner, but if it is the funtion of the book to recall to us, when we are in our Anecdotage, something of the lost flavour of life as a student, and if this book succeeds in capturing something of the unique experience offered to us by membership of the '69 Club, then it will have repaid the precious time and hard work which members of the Committee so generously spent on it.

Footnote

The content of this page originally appeared as page seven - The Editorial - to the Class of 69 Yearbook. It can be seen in context in the scanned images section of this supplement.

The Editorial Committee consisted of David K Hirst (Editor), George W. Brown, Brian J.T. Cathcart, Brian T.B. Docherty, Margaret Farquharson, John M. Morgan and Sheila Whyte

Added March 14th 2008

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