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Malcolm Brahams

Face to Face Again

On 14th October 2021 the Society held its first in-person meeting at the Medical Society of London since the lockdown came into force in March 2020.  The speaker was Dr Margret Stark. Before her address, Malcolm Brahams spoke about the 120th anniversary of the Society’s foundation.

At the final meeting in person before the lockdown in March 2020 we were addressed by Ms Bahar Ata, Director of Public Law & Immigration at Duncan Lewis, Solicitors. That was barely 2 weeks before the lockdown and those of us who attended felt very brave (or was it foolhardy?)

Using Zoom has served us well since then and we will continue to use it to relay live meetings and to enable members to access recordings for several months after each session. However, at the time of writing the future of in-person meetings has once more become uncertain because of the arrival and rapid spread of the Omicron strain of the Covi-19 virus.

At the Society’s first meeting of the new season on 8th October 2020  Sir Robert Francis QC (well known for conducting the Mid-Staffs Enquiry and latterly chairman of Healthwatch England) handed over the presidency to Professor Harry Zeitlin, Emeritus Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University College, London.    Professor Zeitlin addressed the meeting (held via Zoom and attended by more than 50 members) on the subject of “Expert Witnesses Past Present and Future.”  During the subsequent discussion, the meeting was delighted to hear from its former president Dr Neville Davis who, at the age of 95, is continuing to act as an expert witness.

Professor Zeitlin