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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Key speakers

Professor Christine E. Hallett

Professor of Nursing History, The University of Huddersfield

Speaker's biography

Christine E. Hallett is Professor of Nursing History at the University of Huddersfield, UK.  She trained as a nurse and health visitor in the 1980s and then completed PhDs in both Nursing and History at the University of Manchester.  The main focus of her work for the last ten years has been on the History of Nursing Practice during the First World War.  She has published ten books, including ‘Veiled Warriors’ (Oxford University Press, 2014) and ‘Edith Cavell and her Legend’ (Palgrave, 2018).  She has acted as a historical consultant to the National Trust, the BBC, and the National Railway Museum.

Dr Martin Edwards

Retired General Practitioner and Medical Historian, Examiner, Society of Apothecaries

Speaker's biography

Martin Edwards has worked as a GP in South London for over 30 years during which time he furthered his interest in History of Medicine, taking a sabbatical year to study for a Master’s degree in History of Science and Medicine at Imperial College followed by a doctorate (MD) in History of Medicine at UCL. He continued as a Research Associate at the Wellcome Institute and subsequently at the History of Medicine Unit at UCL until its demise. He is currently a lecturer and examiner for the Diploma in History of Medicine at the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and an active member of the British Society for History of Medicine.


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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 E. Hallett, Professor of Nursing History, The University of Huddersfield

Close of meeting



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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