About this event

  • Date and time Wed 11 Jan 2023 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

This is Part 2 of the two-part module Under the knife, the second module of the new webinar series by the History of Medicine Society running from October 2022 until May 2023.

Join us for the second part of the module to learn about the history of gynaecology and the key developments which continue to define its development as a modern specialism in response to the needs of patients.

During this webinar, you will:

  • Identify the development of gynaecology as a distinct specialism 
  • Acknowledge gynaecology’s importance in the timeline within medical history 
  • Outline gynaecology’s critical role in response to women’s health 
  • Outline how obstetrics has emerged in response to the needs of women 
  • Understand the reasoning behind the stages in which obstetrics gained popularity 
  • Discuss obstetrics current place within the wider field of women’s health 

The first part of this module will explore the contributions made by surgeons in times of conflict and their legacy relating to surgery in general. Book your place for Part 1 by clicking here.

Click on the links below to check the rest of the series:

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

The history of gynaecology

Dr Carolyn Paul, Consultant Obstetrician

Comfort break
The history of obstetrics

Dr James Drife, Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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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