Norah Schuster prize presentations and Charles Dickens and medicine


Wednesday 4 April 2018


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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The annual Norah Schuster prize meeting welcomes the entrants from this year's essay prize to present their essay topics, followed by a lecture from Dr Nicholas Cambridge on Charles Dickens and medicine.

This year's entrants

Mr Alexander Baldwin
Essay title:  'A study of the role and artwork of Archibald McIndoe's medical artist, Mollie Lentaigne, with comparison to other renowned medical illustrators'

Alex is a fourth-year medical student currently studying at the University of Birmingham. He undertook an intercalated BMedSc degree in the history of medicine last year for which he completed a project exploring the role and artwork of Archibald McIndoe’s medical artist, Mollie Lentaigne. 

Miss Chloe Gamlin
Essay title: 'Oh, my sin is the cause of it': Age, gender, and religion in early modern childhood illness'

Chloe is a fourth year medical student at Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, with a first class BA in History and Philosophy of Science. Her medical interests are broad, but above all she is passionate about delivering whole person care and engaging with the medical humanities. 

Ms Flora Malein
Essay title: 'The role of the Lady Almoner in the tuberculosis patient journey at Frimley Sanatorium'

Flora Malein is a final year medical student at Barts and The London, Queen Mary University. Before starting medical school she completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Balliol College, Oxford and a Masters degree in Science Communication at Imperial College London.

Dr Nicholas Cambridge on charles dickens

Nicholas developed his interest in the History of Medicine whilst a medical student at The Middlesex Hospital and this has continued following his retirement from general practice. He was President of this section in 2000/2001 and one of the first winner's of the Norah Schuster essay prize.

He is a past President of The Medical Society of London and past President of the Hunterian Society. He is Chairman of the Erasmus Darwin Foundation, Chairman of the William Shipley Group for Royal Society of Arts History and Chairman of Charles Bell Group (to preserve the legacy of The Middlesex Hospital).

Abstract of 'From Mr Pickwick to Tiny Tim - Charles Dickens and medicine'
This illustrated lecture will demonstrate Dickens’s interest in medicine and will include several medical conditions which Dickens described in his novels. Dickens also had numerous health issues throughout his life, which have been carefully researched by the speaker from Dickens’s correspondence of over 14,000 letters.

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3.00 pm


3.30 pm

Introduction by the President

Dr Catherine Sarraf, President, History of Medicine Society

Norah Schuster student prize essay presentations

3.35 pm

A study of the role and artwork of Archibald McIndoe's medical artist, Mollie Lentaigne, with comparison to other renowned medical illustrators

Mr Alexander Baldwin, 4th Year Medical Student, University of Birmingham

3.55 pm

'Oh, my sin is the cause of it': Age, gender, and religion in early modern childhood illness

Miss Chloe Gamlin, 4th Year Medical Student, University of Cambridge

4.15 pm

The role of the Lady Almoner in the tuberculosis patient journey at Frimley Sanatorium

Ms Flora Malein, MBBS Undergraduate Medicine Year 4, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

4.35 pm

Tea and coffee break

5.05 pm

From Mr Pickwick to Tiny Tim: Charles Dickens and medicine

Dr Nicholas Cambridge, Honorary Research Fellow in Humanities and Medical History, The University of Buckingham

5.50 pm

Close of meeting

6.30 pm


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