About this event

  • Date and time Thu 20 Oct 2022 from 5:45pm to 8:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Odontology

Join us at this CE Wallis Lecture, in association with the History of Medicine Section, as we draw on 22 oral history interviews of pioneers and witnesses to this process made between 2012 and 2020 as part of the British Dental Association John McLean oral history archive.

Before the start of the NHS, part time honorary dental surgeons worked part time in hospitals carrying out tooth extraction, some minor mouth surgery and fixing broken jaws with wires and dental appliances. This lecture will provide an understanding of how the role expanded into comprehensive management of mouth, jaw and face conditions to form the new specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery, sometimes in the face of sustained opposition.

Benefits of attending:
  • Learn how established cultural norms both hindered and facilitated improvement in surgical care.
  • Find out how young dentists, some without great academic achievement, became high achievers and surgical pioneers. 
  • Discover how some professionals became pioneers and innovators in areas they had received scant training. 
  • Explore how charisma and enthusiasm can inspire innovation and achievement. 

This meeting is held in association with The History of Medicine Section. 

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Key speakers

Mr Andrew Sadler

Retired Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Deborah Bomfim, Immediate Past President, Odontology Section, Royal Society of Medicine 

C E Wallis lecture

Mr Andrew Sadler, Retired Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon

Questions and answers

Dr Deborah Bomfim and Dr Christopher Gardner-Thorpe, History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of Medicine

Closing remarks
Drinks reception


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


Registration for this event will close on Wednesday 19 October 2022 at 01:00am. Late registrations will not be accepted.
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