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IAEM Milestones 1960-1969


  • Platt Report in the United Kingdom recommends that departments previously known as Casualty Departments become Accident & Emergency (A&E) Departments. The UK, and by extension Ireland, thus develops a different title for the specialty than what is in increasingly common use (Emergency Medicine) elsewhere in the world.


  • Foundation of the Casualty Surgeons Association (CSA) in the United Kingdom. The fledgling organisation which met in BMA House in London is chaired by Mr Maurice Ellis, now regarded as the father of the specialty in the UK.
  • Appointment of Mr William Rutherford as ‘surgeon in charge of the Accident & Emergency Department’ of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast effectively becoming the first Consultant in Accident & Emergency Medicine in Ireland.


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