British Society for Surgery of the Hand BSSH
After the second world war, a number of surgeons perceived that the older specialty of orthopaedics and the younger plastic surgery, pushed into prominence by the requirements of burned airmen, had a great deal to offer when jointly applied to surgery of the hand.
In 1952, the Hand Club was formed by members of both specialties at a meeting in the Atheneum, at the instigation of Patrick Clarkson.
Members would meet for dinner on a Friday evening, followed by a clinical meeting on the Saturday morning.
In 1956, due to the exclusivity of the Hand Club which would not admit new younger members, the Second Hand Club was formed at a meeting in Derby as a result of - the enthusiasm of Mr Graham Stack (quoted from Council minutes, 14.12.68).