About this event

  • Date and time Wed 2 Feb 2022 from 5:00pm to 6:55pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

Join us to discover the natural sciences in medical practice in this first part of a 2-part module.

This first lecture aims to evaluate the extent to which science-based methods have allowed clinicians to improve their understanding of disease and how this has impacted the development of medical care.

Learning objectives include:

  • Understand the extent to which modern medicine is influenced by pathology
  • Assess the role of technology in facilitating the emergence of this type of pathology
  • Analyse the issues relating to pathological knowledge and the question it raises

The second lecture will evaluate the extent to which science and technology have allowed the imaging of the human body helping to improve both the understanding of diseases and surgical intervention.

Learning objectives include:

  • Identify the way in which technological advances have led to increasingly sophisticated imaging techniques
  • Evaluate the individual contributions made by those in this specialism
  • Discuss the potential issues relating to ethical concerns and safety issues

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

Professor Tilli Tansey, Emeritus Professor of Medical History and Pharmacology, Queen Mary University London and Immediate Past President, History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of Medicine

Cells, tissues, organs, bodies and the mysterious butterflies of the soul

Dr Waney Squier, Retired Consultant Neuropathologist

Comfort break
Imaging the body: Emergence from the shadows

Dr Mike Collins, Retired Consultant Radiologist and Immediate Past President, British Society for History of Medicine

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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