CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3179/11/4
TitleNewspaper cuttings relating to population growth and family planning
Date1960s - 1970s
Extent1 file
DescriptionReport on an International Soil Science Conference held in Aberdeen, highlighting the implications of population growth on world wide food production: 12 September 1968.

Report on the recent publication of the United Nation's Demographic Year Book, which predicts that the World's population will double in 36 years if current trends are maintained: The Scotsman, 23 October 1970.

Report on Aberdeen's abortion rates, highlighting the unusually large proportion of legal abortions conducted there, and the liberal attitude which prevails in the City: c 1971 - 1972. Refers to the work of Sir Dugald Baird and his recent successor, Professor Ian MacGillivray.

Report entitled 'The back-street beginnings of birth-control': The Press and Journal', 14 December 1972. Refers to the pioneering work of Fenella Paton, who opened Aberdeen's first family planning clinic in Gerrard Street in the 1920s. The clinic, which is believed to be the first of its kind in Scotland, was transferred to Aberdeen Town Council in 1948, and later moved to new premises in Castle Street. Fenella Paton was a friend of Marie Stopes, who visited Aberdeen in 1933 for a meeting of the British Association and addresed a Aberdeen doctors on the subject of birth control. She was also a close friend of Dugald and May Baird. Notes that when Mary Esslemont returned to Aberdeen to practice medicine in 1938, that she 'was the local person to whom the Family Planning Association directed cases.'

Report entitled 'An exercise in education. Day 2: How Aberdeen strode ahead': The Scotsman, 28 July 1973. Looks at Aberdeen's historically strong record on health ('the healthiest of the Scottish cities'), in particular, maternal and infant mortality rates, and the pioneering work of Sir Dugald Baird, his colleagues and successors in the fields of obstetrtics and gynaecology.

Report on Aberdeen's pioneering woman doctors, Dr Agnes Thomson (nee Baxter) and Dr Laura Sandeman (d 1929). Agnes Thomson was instrumental in founding Aberdeen Mother and Baby Home and volunteered her services to the Mother and Child Welfare Association, which was established by 'a group of social welfare-minded women led by Mrs Clementina Esslemont, mother of Dr Mary Esslemont, who started the first clinic in Charlotte Street.'
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