About this event

  • Date and time Wed 16 Mar 2022 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

This meeting aims to promote the history of medicine amongst the undergraduate student body and to encourage new areas of research utilising a range of resources. This will be a great platform to share and discuss the value of the history of medicine across a varied audience.

The first part of this session will be the Norah Schuster prize for medical students aiming to:

  • Promote their participation in the study of medical history
  • Support their development as medical historians
  • Acknowledge the contributions and the winners of the prize

The second part will be the annual Bynum lecture, this year covering aspects of the biosciences that have influenced medical history. During this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the extent to which medicine has been influenced by bioscience
  • Assess the role of biosciences relating to medical care
  • Evaluate biosciences influence in global health care

There is a limited number of places available for this in-person event. You can now live stream this meeting from anywhere. Click here to book the live stream. 

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Key speakers

Dr Caitjan Gainty

Senior Lecturer in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, King’s College London

Speaker's biography

Dr Caitjan Gainty is a historian of 20th-century health and healthcare at King’s College London. Her research interests lie in the history of film, medicine, science, and American culture, and in the structure and constitution of medical systems both historical and current. Her work falls partially into the category of health policy, though taken from a historical perspective.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Professor Sean Hughes, President, History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of Medicine

Norah Schuster prize presenter one: Hysteria, head injuries, and heredity: 'Shell-shocked' soldiers of the Royal Edinburgh Asylum (1914-1924)

Miss Joanna Park, Sixth Year Medical Student, University of Edinburgh

Norah Schuster prize presenter two: Health system impact of the post-soviet economic crisis: Russia

Miss Jomana Abdelhalim, Fifth Year Medical Student, Queen Mary University of London

Delivered virtually 

Bynum Lecture: ‘The technology of medicine has outgrown its sociology': The rhetoric of crisis in 1930s American medicine

Dr Caitjan Gainty, Senior Lecturer in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, King’s College London

Panel discussion
Close of meeting

Pre-registered delegates only


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

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

Due to current government guidelines there is limited audience capacity. If UK government guidelines and restrictions change, the format of this event will be updated to comply, and all delegates will be notified via email. 

Special rates for difficult times  

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain 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. 

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