About this event

  • Date and time Wed 5 Feb 2020 from 5:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

In this evening event, we will cover medicine and wartime politics. We'll discuss the illnesses of Sir Winston Churchill, understanding his character and his determination to overcome an abundance of health issues. We'll discuss the series of strokes he suffered from, and how these affected his political performance.

Much of the information we will provide is of recent discovery and interpretation. It is based on a recent series published in the JRSM, giving the History of Medicine Society a special opportunity to hear stories from two world experts, Professor Allister Vale, City Hospital and University of Birmingham, and Dr. John Scadding, National Hospital for Neurology, on Churchill's medical history.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Introduction by the President

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

Medicine and Politics: lessons from Churchill’s illness in Carthage, December 1943

Professor Allister Vale, Consultant Clinical Pharmacologist and Toxicologist, City Hospital and University of Birmingham

Sir Winston Churchill's strokes and their impact

Dr John Scadding, Honorary Consultant Neurologist Emeritus, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

Panel discussion
Close of meeting

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