About this event

  • Date and time Wed 3 Nov 2021 from 5:00pm to 6:55pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

This second part of a 2-part module will focus on the emergence of surgery.

Identify the influence of significant developments in the first lecture, particularly antisepsis and the extent to which they facilitated major advances in surgical practice.

Learning objectives include:

  • Understand the importance of antisepsis in surgical developments
  • Evaluate the extent to which these innovations permitted further interventions
  • Discuss how and why modern surgery continues to develop in relation to varying contexts

In the second lecture, discuss the extent to which developments in surgery have led to a need for increased specialisation.

Learning objectives include:

  • Identify ways in which anatomical and surgical knowledge have necessitated the need for specialisms
  • Select specific examples to discuss how specialisms inform surgical knowledge and training
  • Review the issues specialisms create with particular reference to the management of patients

To book your place for Part 1, click here

The RSM History of Medicine Society presents a series of 2-part modules on The emergence of medicine and health care up to the present-day. This new venture on its first year is an innovative approach to present and promote the history of medicine, and appreciate and enhance the value of medical history to clinical practice from a range of different perspectives.

These lectures are aimed at a wide audience of medical practitioners, healthcare professionals, historians, and students. Our expert speakers will delve into the historical development of various specialties, including surgery, medicine, pathology or imaging, and the clinical disciplines of anaesthesia and intensive care. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop a real sense of medical history and explore how medicine has developed encouraging participants to study medical history in more detail.

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered delegates up to 60 days after the live webinar broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

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Welcome and introduction

Dr Hilary Morris, Director of Lecture Series, Subject Lead History, University of Brighton

Antisepsis and the birth of modern surgery

Mr Iain Macintyre, Retired Surgeon, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Comfort break
The emergence of surgical specialisation

Mr Jonathan Goddard, Consultant Urological Surgeon, Leicester General Hospital, Curator, Museum of Urology, British Association of Urological Surgeons

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. 

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