About this event

  • Date and time Wed 16 Oct 2019 from 5:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

For the 2019-2020 academic year, the History of Medicine Society is bridging gaps between the past, present, and future with an eye to the anniversaries of wartime events in British History.

In this first session, two eminent speakers from the national maritime museum illustrate the special nature of nautical wartime medicine. Professor Robert Mason will inform us on 'the Injuries and illnesses of Lord Nelson'. Dr. Pieter Van der Merve will talk on 'Fatal voyage: surgeons on the Bounty, 1787-90'

Book your place to:

  • Become aware of the challenges of nautical medicine and surgery
  • Understand the nature of the injuries of Nelson and their impact on performance
  • Be aware of the challenges of medical leadership under wartime conditions

Key speakers

Professor Robert Mason

Surgeon, Guys' Hospital

Dr Pieter Van der Merve

Naval Historian and her Majesty's Deputy Lieutenant for Royal Greenwich


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Introduction by the President

Professor Stephen Challacombe, President, History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of Medicine

Nelsons illnesses and injuries. A surgeon's perspective

Professor Robert Mason, Emeritus Professor of Gastrointestinal Surgery and Volunteer National Maritime Museum

Fatal voyage: Surgeons on the Bounty 1787-90

Dr Pieter van der Merwe, Naval Historian and Her Majesty's Deputy Lieutenant for Royal Greenwich, National Maritime Museum

Panel discussion
Close of meeting

Bookings for dinner are closed


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom