About this event

  • Date and time Wed 2 Dec 2020 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

Please note this event has changed format to a webinar. The new time and date for the webinar is Wednesday 2 December at 5:30pm. Please book your place here. 

This meeting is devoted to the Bynum lectures of 2019-20, which was postponed due to COVID-19, and of 2020-21 sessions. This is an opportunity to take a look back to the 19th century and illustrate the lives of medical people and medical students at the time of a surgical revolution.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Become aware of the challenges of medical lives in times of surgical revolution
  • Understand the place in society of medical figures in the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Understand the historical determinants of pandemics and medical responses to them, drawn from numerous C20th and C21st examples
  • Recognise in the context of a pandemic such as COVID-19, the complex and shifting interactions of reductionist disease models, with tried-and-tested public health interventions and clinical realities

The History of Medicine Society was founded in 1912 by Sir William Osler, its first President. These talks continue to reveal the importance of learning from the lessons of the past to apply to the present and future. The Society reaches out, inter alia, to clinicians of every specialty (including students), medical scientists, health care professionals, and other interested professionals and members of the general public (e.g. journalists and teachers).

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Standard pricing available until 01 December 2020.


RSM Member
Day 1
£25.00 Meeting
£48.00 Optional dinner

Non - Member

Non - Member
Day 1
£44.00 Meeting
£48.00 Optional dinner
Day 1
£44.00 Meeting
£48.00 Optional dinner

Key speakers

Professor Marguerite Dupree

Honorary Professor, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow 

Dr Mark Honigsbaum

Senior Lecturer, Department of Arts and Social Sciences,City University 


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Registration, tea and coffee
Introduction by the President

Professor Tilli Tansey, President, History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of Medicine

Bynum lecture 2019-20 : Medical lives in the age of surgical revolution

Professor Marguerite Dupree, Honorary Professor, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow

Bynum lecture 2020-21: The pandemic imagination: Between science, history and public

Dr Mark Honigsbaum, Senior Lecturer, Department of Arts and Social Sciences, City University

Panel discussion
Close of meeting

For those who have pre-booked. Please note there are limited spaces



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