About the society

The History of Medicine Society’s purpose is to form a meeting ground for the scholars, the students and for all those who feel that the study of the history of medicine has a value in education

Upcoming events

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Medicine and wartime politics

In this evening event, we will cover medicine and wartime politics, discussing the illnesses of Sir Winston Churchill, understanding his character and his determination to overcome an abundance of health issues.

  • Location Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom
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History of Medicine Society: Norah Schuster Essay Prize


£100 Amazon voucher and a year's membership of the RSM

Submission deadline 

Tuesday 26 November

Open to 

Pre-clinical, clinical medical and dental students. Please note that you must be a medical or dental undergraduate to be eligible to submit for this prize

Application guidelines 

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This prize will be awarded for the best essay or essays submitted on any subject related to the history of medicine, including medical science.

Essays should be between 3,000 - 5,000 words and the standard should be comparable to a third year dissertation. Personal details such as name and institution should NOT be included in the abstract or PDF essay.

A 500-word summary should also be submitted along with the full essay. This should not merely be an abstract; it should outline not only the topic under discussion, the aims and principal conclusions of your research, but also the sources you have consulted. Preliminary short-listing of the essays will be performed on the basis of these summaries.
Apply here

Section Council members

Section meetings and conferences are usually organised by members of the Section Council, led by the Section President and often in collaboration with specialist societies.


Professor Stephen James Challacombe