About this event

  • Date and time Wed 5 Oct 2022 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

Due to the success of last year’s webinar series, the History of Medicine Society within the Royal Society of Medicine will continue to explore the nature of medical history in a second series commencing in October 2022. 

This is Part 1 of the two-part Mind and body: Module 1. 

This webinar will focus on the emerging specialism of forensic psychiatry and how it informs the most recent history of the broader subject.

It will also ask the innovative question as to why we are interested in specific persons and ideas within the context of medical history, identify the ways in which persons and places are selected to promote interest, relevance, and further study, and discuss the value of the role of the individual in terms of the views and ideas they have held. Furthermore, identify factors behind their selection in terms of chronology, location, and professional relevance in order to acknowledge this discussion as part of medical history.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the development of forensic psychiatry 
  • Discuss the distinctiveness of psychiatry within the medical field 
  • Understand the role of psychiatry within medical history 

The second part of this module will look at the history of vaccinations from various perspectives referencing smallpox and how it led to a new era of preventative medicine. It will also look at two forgotten case studies aiming to encourage research in medical history and its value in developing medical history. Book your place for Part 2 by clicking here.

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Each session is led by a renowned expert who will discuss key developments within their respective specialism in ways which promote both an innovative appreciation of medical history as well as encourage future scholarship. There are two lectures of 40 minutes which will continue to be delivered online. However, participants are again encouraged to engage fully with each speaker through an interactive question and answer facility.

This season will aim at expanding the discussion relating to what we mean by medical history by moving away from its more traditional model in order to appreciate its continued relevance within both a formal and informal setting. Please note that whilst the programme is designed to be complementary to previous sessions, earlier attendance is not a prerequisite for participation. International audiences continue to be warmly welcomed.

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. The webinar recording will be available for registered event participants 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 

Medical history-persons and ideas

Dr Christopher Gardner-Thorpe, Consultant Neurologist, President of the History of Medicine Society, The Royal Society of Medicine 

Comfort break
The history of forensic psychiatry

Professor Adrian James, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

Close of meeting




Registration for this event will close 1 hour prior to start time. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time.

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.

We are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. This is at the presenter and the RSM’s discretion.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.


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