About this event

  • Date and time Thu 21 May 2020 from 10:45am to 3:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Retired Fellows Society

Please note this event has been cancelled. 

This lecture on Hindu mythology uses temple sculpture to describe the principal Gods and Goddesses of the Hindu pantheon, their origins from the Vedic religion, their common manifestations and some of the associated legends that these sculptures illustrate; mostly from India, but with some examples from South East Asia. This lecture aims to demystify a complex subject.

Dr Michael O'Brien has had a long interest in early Hindu sculpture and architecture, having made many visits to South and South East Asia, developing a particular interest in Khmer art and architecture. He has lectured to many societies on these topics, in the UK, France, the USA and two tours in Australia, including the South and Southeast Asian courses at the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the School of Oriental and African Studies and the Royal Archaeological Institute.

Key speakers

Dr Michael O'Brien

Physician Emeritus, Department of Neurology, Guy’s and St.Thomas’ Hospital, London Consultant Advisor in Neurology to the Civil Aviation Authority 

Speaker's biography


  • Consultant Neurologist at Guy’s and St.Thomas’ Hospital
  • Hon. Senior Lecturer in Neurology, Kings College London
  • Hon. Consultant Neurologist, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Hon. Consultant Neurologist, Kings College Hospital Undergraduate training at Guy’s Hospital Medical School
  • Training in neurology at Guy’s Hospital, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and in Newcastle upon Tyne
  • MRC research positions at Guy’s Hospital, in Newcastle and at the University of Minnesota, USA
  • Past President of The Harveian Society, the Clinical Neurosciences Section of The Royal Society of Medicine, The South of England Neurosciences Association and The Medical Society of London
  • Chairman of the Medical Artists Education Trust and their examining board
  • Director and Trustee of the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
  • Member of the International Aerospace Neurology Consortium
  • Deputy editor of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry
  • Editorial advisor to the British Medical Journal
  • Editorial board of the American Heart Association journal ‘Stroke’, Quarterly Journal of Medicine and Guarantor of ‘Brain'

Special interests:
Cerebrovascular haemodynamics, mononeuropathies, women with epilepsy and aviation neurology


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction
Hindu mythology

Dr Michael O’Brien, Retired Consultant Neurologist

Close of meeting followed by lunch

For those who have pre-booked


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