About this event

  • Date and time Wed 25 May 2022 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

This meeting focuses on informing healthcare practitioners and clinicians about the importance of musculoskeletal tumour management and orthopaedic surgery. Join us to explore the factors in which these developments emerge as well as to evaluate how technology increasingly has an impact on surgical developments.

In the first session, delve into a historical review of the contribution by clinicians to the treatment of musculoskeletal tumours, exploring what factors influenced these developments.

The second session will examine the involvement of both technicians and technology in the drive to produce a pain-relieving operation for patients with arthritis. We will also evaluate the historical influence of individuals in this period.

During this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss how contemporary cancer surgery has developed in relation to varying contexts
  • Identify ways in which technological advances have led to increasingly complex surgical treatment
  • Discuss potential issues relating to ethical considerations
  • Evaluate the extent to which innovations permitted further intervention
  • Appreciate how these specialisms have informed surgical knowledge
  • Assess the factors which have promoted this level of innovation

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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Standard pricing available until 24 May 2022.


RSM Member
Day 1
£25.00 Meeting
£55.00 Dinner

Non - Member

Day 1
£44.00 Meeting
£55.00 Dinner
Non - Member
Day 1
£44.00 Meeting
£55.00 Dinner

Key speakers

Dr Patrick Boland

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York

Speaker's biography

Dr Patrick Boland is a full-time, senior member of the Orthopaedic Service, Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York and is Professor (clinical) of orthopaedic surgery at Weil Cornell Medical School NY. He specializes in the management of malignant and benign tumours of bones, including those of the spine and pelvis, and in soft tissue sarcomas of the extremities. Professor Boland’s lecture, The evolution of Musculoskeletal Oncology will be based on a historical analysis of how these tumours were treated.

Professor Sean Hughes

President, History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of Medicine and Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Imperial College London


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Registration, tea and coffee
History of Medicine annual general meeting

Section members only

Welcome and introduction

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

The evolution of musculoskeletal oncology

Dr Patrick Boland, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York

Presidential address 2021-2022

Professor Sean Hughes, President, History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of Medicine and Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Imperial 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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