About this event

  • Date and time Wed 7 Feb 2024 from 5:30pm to 7 Feb 2024 at 10:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by History of Medicine Society

This annual meeting aims to promote the history of medicine to undergraduate students by encouraging new areas of research utilising a range of resources.

The first part of the session will be dedicated to the prestigious Norah Schuster Prize. Participants will be able to support their development as medical historians plus acknowledge their contributions, with the two prize winners having the opportunity to present their research. Find out more about how to apply for the prize here. 

The second part of the event will feature the Bynum lecture, led by Professor Anna Marie Roos Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Lincoln Editor-in-Chief, Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science. This year's theme will explore the interdisciplinarity of physicians in the early Royal Society.

'Interdisciplinarity' is a buzzword utilised by contemporary researchers, universities, and funding agencies. But its practice is nothing new, and some of the most interdisciplinary scholars were physicians working in the seventeenth-century Royal Society, demonstrating close ties between medicine and natural history. Martin Lister (1639-1712), Royal Physician and the first scientific arachnologist and conchologist, and Nehemiah Grew (1641-1712) practicing doctor, museum keeper for the Royal Society, and extraordinary microscopist and botanist, moved seamlessly between these pursuits. They observed their patients and the natural world with sensitivity, keen empiricism, and in Lister's case, artistic flair. Expertise in natural history in the seventeenth century was representative of it becoming foundational for a great deal of contemporary science, including medicine. But these physicians' integration of natural history and medicine went even further than virtuosic interdisciplinarity. As Hal Cook has remarked, natural history was the early modern equivalent of "big science", and these physicians were at its very centre.

By attending, you will:

  • Learn about the range of papers submitted for the Norah Schuster prize written by medical students
  • Be able to recognise how initial interest in medical history may be developed by reference to the standard of the Bynum award

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Standard pricing available until 06 February 2024.


RSM Member
Day 1
£55.00 Dinner
£25.00 Meeting

Non - Member

Non - Member
Day 1
£55.00 Dinner
£44.00 Meeting

Key speakers

Professor Anna Marie Roos

Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Lincoln, Editor-in-Chief, Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science

Speaker's biography

Professor Anna Marie Roos is an internationally renowned historian of science and medicine, studying the early modern period and the development of the Royal Society. She has published extensively on leading scientists of the time, including Martin Lister “The Correspondences of Dr Martin Lister (1639-1712) which was awarded the John Thackrey medal (Society of the Natural History Society) and Martin Folkes (1690-1754) in addition to “The salt of the earth: natural philosophy, medicine and chymistry  in England 1650-1750”.


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Hilary Morris, President, History of Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Norah Schuster presentations

Presentation 1
Presentation 2

Bynum Lecture

Physician, virtuoso: The interdisciplinarity of physicians in the early Royal Society

Professor Anna Marie Roos, Professor, History of Science and Medicine, University of Lincoln, Editor-in-Chief, Notes and Records, The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science 

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 6 February 2024.  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.