Convict transportation and Tudor medicine


Wednesday 5 October 2016


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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History of Medicine Society


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about this event

For the first meeting of the academic year, come along to hear Professor Anne Charlton talk about the treatment of King Henry VIII's leg wound followed by Dr Catherine Kelly's presentation on the role of medical officers in the Australian colonies from the nineteenth century.

Professor Anne Charlton's presentation abstract:

Professor Charlton will talk on a series of prescriptions devised by King Henry's physicians and by the king himself. The prescriptions are bound together and are now in the British Library.

The medications were used to treat the severe injury to the left leg, sustained by King Henry VIII in a jousting accident. The injury became ulcerated and did not heal, but the prescriptions show what would have been used as medications in the Tudor period. 

Dr Catherine Kelly's presentation abstract:

This talk looks at the relationship between medical practitioners, corporal punishment and the British Empire in the first half of the nineteenth century by examining the role of medical officers in the Australian colonies from 1788-1850. It will describe how throughout the period of transportation to Australia, ship’s surgeons and medical officers were expected to oversee corporal punishments administered to convicts and soldiers.

After the meeting, there will be a two course dinner for pre-registered delegates only.



5.30 pm

Registration, tea and coffee

6.00 pm

Introduction by the President

Dr Julie Papworth, President, History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of Medicine

6.05 pm

The treatment of King Henry VIII's leg wound: An example of Tudor medicine

Professor Anne Charlton, Professor Emerita, School of Medicine, University of Manchester

6.50 pm

Medicine, law and the lash: Medical practitioners and corporal punishment in the Australian colonies

Dr Catherine Kelly, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Bristol

7.35 pm

Completion of evaluation forms

7.40 pm

Close of meeting

7.45 pm

Dinner - for those who have pre-booked

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  • RSM member rates start from £25
  • Non member rates start from £35
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