About this event

  • Date and time Wed 4 May 2022 from 5:00pm to 6:55pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

Part 2 of this final module will highlight the importance of public health history.

The first lecture will help identify the factors which led to the development of public health in response to the changes which have impacted in modern times on much of the west.

Learning objectives include:

  • Analyse specific examples of pandemics and the impact they had on initiating the need for public health intervention
  • Discuss the problems relating to poverty and how this continues to influence individual health
  • Review the increasing partnership of government and medicine in the control of current and future pandemics

The second lecture will help identify the types of issues that prevent global health from being fully achieved in the modern age.

Learning objectives include:

  • Discuss what is meant when we talk about global health specifically location, achievements, and failures
  • Analyse the extent to which the western model of medicine and healthcare is used as a standard of successful intervention
  • Identify a selection of causes that act against global health being more successful in its aims than is currently the case

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 30 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

The importance of public health history

Professor John Ashton, Formerly Northwest Regional Director, Public Health, Director, Public Health and County Medical Officer for Cumbria from 2006-2013 and Past President, The Faculty of Public Health, Royal Colleges of Physicians

Comfort break
Global health

Dr Caitjan Gainty, Historian of 20th-century Health and Healthcare, King's College London

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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