HC Deb 06 July 1876 vol 230 cc1043-4

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, Whether, under Sir Gilbert Blane's bequest, any funds are available for publishing the successful Essays for the "Blane Medal;" if so, whether he will consider the expediency of publishing such Essays, and if not, of sanctioning their publication in the medical journals?


Sir Gilbert Blane in 1830 left £300 to be invested in Three per Cents in the name of the College of Surgeons, to bestow two gold medals every other year upon Naval surgeons whose essays should be adjudged to be the best. The cost of the medals exhausts the yearly interest of the £300, and leaves no funds for publishing the essays. These essays, moreover, take the form of journals, and could, not be printed in their entirety or sent to the medical journals. The more valuable portions, however, are extracted and published in the Return of the health of the Navy annually presented to Parliament, and extracts of interest to the Profession are sent to the medical journals.