About this event

  • Date and time Wed 2 Dec 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:35pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

This webinar 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.

Viewers 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

A CPD certificate with 2 CPD credits will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

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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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 


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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
End of webinar



Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

Special rates for difficult times 

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted. 


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