About this event

  • Date and time Tue 6 Oct 2020 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Clinical Neurosciences

This webinar will discuss how clinical history and the history of concepts of illness – illustrated by epilepsy – can add to a richer understanding of daily clinical encounters. The exchange between the patient and the doctor is central. In hospital practice we may have little opportunity to reflect on times when communication is difficult for clinical reasons. 

Webinar topics include:

  • How labelling affects thinking about and engaging with clinical problems
  • Identifying the power relation of epistemology and its impact in medical practice
  • Learn to reflect on the impact of clinical judgements

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This webinar is a part of the RSM Clinical Neurosciences Section webinar series; Current and historical perspectives. The series will explore a variety of  neurological and neurosurgical themes. For a list of all upcoming Clinical Neurosciences events please visit the Clinical Neurosciences Section homepage.

Key speakers

Bridget MacDonald

Dr Bridget MacDonald

President, Clinical Neurosciences Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Consultant Neurologist, Croydon University and St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Speaker's biography

Dr Bridget MacDonald is a consultant neurologist and supervises postgraduate medical education working between Croydon University and St George's Hospitals in South West London. Her specialist interests are epilepsy, mental health in neurology patients, neuro-oncology, the care of intellectually and multiply disabled adults. She also has an interest in medical humanities and ethics and is treasurer of the Association of Medical Humanities.

Dr Hadi Manji

Dr Hadi Manji

Immediate Past President of the Clinical Neurosciences Section, RSM, and Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital and Ipswich Hospital

Speaker's biography

Dr Manji trained in medicine at Trinity Hall Cambridge and the Middlesex Hospital qualifying in 1982. After house jobs, he spent three years on the Edinburgh GP training scheme before returning to general medicine and neurology. His neurological training was at the Middlesex Hospital, the National Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital. His MD thesis was on 'The Neurological Complications of HIV’.


After a sabbatical at L'Hopital Kremlin-Bicetre in Paris with Professor Gerard Said, he was appointed Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital and Ipswich Hospital.


His interests are in neurological infections including tropical neurology and peripheral nerve disorders. He is the Chief author and editor of the Oxford Handbook of Neurology - 20,000 copies have been sold worldwide and the 3rd edition is now in preparation.

Simon Shorvon

Professor Simon Shorvon

Honorary Consultant Neurologist, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square

Speaker's biography

Professor Simon Shorvon qualified in medicine from Cambridge University and St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in 1973. His current affiliation is as honorary consultant neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and emeritus professor of clinical neurology at UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology. Professor Shorvon's past appointments include: chair of the UCL University Department of Clinical Neurology; vice-president of the International League Against Epilepsy; editor-in-chief of Epilepsia; president of the Joint Neurosciences Council of Great Britain; harveian librarian at the Royal College of Physicians; past president of the Clinial Neurosciences section of the RSM.


He has been author of many journal articles, monographs and textbooks. He is currently writing a book on the history of epilepsy in the twentieth century (to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2021).


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Section annual general meeting

Section members only

Welcome and introduction

Dr Hadi Manji, Immediate Past President, Clinical Neurosciences Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Presidential address: The difficult historian

Dr Bridget MacDonald, President, Clinical Neurosciences Section, Royal Society of Medicine and Consultant Neurologist, Croydon University and St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The evolution of the concept of epilepsy in the 20th and 21st century

Professor Simon Shorvon, Honorary Consultant Neurologist, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square

(This presentation will not be included in the recording of the webinar)

Panel discussion
Closing remarks
Close of meeting



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

All webinars will be available for registered delegates for 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. Please note that Professor Simon Shorvon's talk will not be recorded during this webinar and therefore not available for delegates watching via the on-demand link. 

This webinar will be recorded (except for Professor Simon Shorvon's talk) and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

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