About this event

  • Date and time Wed 1 Dec 2021 from 5:00pm to 6:55pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

Join this Part 1 of a 2-part module to look into the emergence of medicine.

In the first lecture, you'll understand how primary care has emerged and identify the issues that have influenced its present structure.

Learning objectives include:

  • Review the way in which general practice came into being
  • Analyse the factors acting upon the form and function of general practice
  • Discuss issues relating to its ongoing structure and response to the demands of general medicine

The second lecture will help you understand how nursing has emerged and identify the issues which continue to influence its present structure.

Learning objectives include:

  • Identify the continuous history of nursing as an integral part of healthcare
  • Discuss key individuals who were involved in shaping nursing as a profession
  • Evaluate the way in which nursing is adapting to the demands of the present time

To book your place for Part 2, 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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Standard pricing available until 01 December 2021.


RSM Member RSM Trainee RSM Student
£12.00 £9.00 £6.00

Non - Member

Non - Member Trainee AHP / Nurse / Midwife Student
£20.00 £15.00 £15.00 £10.00


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Anjna Harrar, General Practitioner, Past President of History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of Medicine and President of Osler Club of London, Examiner Society of Apothecaries

The emergence of primary care

Dr Martin Edwards, Retired General Practitioner and Medical Historian, Examiner, Society of Apothecaries

Comfort break
The mutable art: The shape of nursing, 1880-2020

Professor Christine Hallett, Professor of Nursing History, Department of History, English, Linguistics and Music, University of Huddersfield

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 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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