About this event

  • Date and time Wed 17 Jan 2024 from 5:30pm to 17 Jan 2024 at 10:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

Join us for an engaging meeting and delve into the fascinating world of medical and surgical developments. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of how these advancements are initiated, explore their diverse outcomes, and learn how they are interpreted.

Our esteemed speakers are internationally recognised authorities in their respective fields. Professor Gareth Williams, a renowned figure in the history of medicine, has an impressive portfolio of twenty books, including the acclaimed works "Angel of Death: The History of Smallpox" and "Paralysed with Fear - The Story of Polio."

Professor Mary Ethna Black is a distinguished international public health leader and an award-winning author. Her written accounts of experiences in Northern Ireland and Bosnia and her exploration of her family's history, focusing on three female doctors, have garnered well-deserved recognition. She is also an advocate for the integration of literature and art in the clinical setting.

By attending, you will:

  • Learn about the different ways in which medical history is recorded depending on the author and the audience 
  • Identify the different scenarios which are regarded at various points in time to be seen as medical history

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Standard pricing available until 16 January 2024.


RSM Member
Day 1
£55.00 Dinner
£25.00 Meeting

Non - Member

Non - Member
Day 1
£55.00 Dinner
£44.00 Meeting


View the programme 17 January 2024

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction
Paralysed with fear – the history of polio

Professor Gareth Williams, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Bristol 

Challenging the narratives 

To be confirmed 

Panel discussion
Close of meeting
Optional dinner

 Pre-registered delegates only


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Registration for this event will close at 1:00am on Tuesday 16 January 2023.  Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time

If the event is recorded, we are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. There is no guarantee that all sessions will be available after the event, this is at the presenter’s and RSM’s discretion.

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

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