About this section

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

History of Medicine Society: Norah Schuster Essay Prize

Congratulations to the winners of the Norah Schuster Essay Prize. Please click here to view the bios and abstracts of the 2020-2021 winners and highly commended, and the 2019-2020 winners.

The emergence of medicine and health care up to the present-day webinar series

This new venture on its first year is a fantastic opportunity to appreciate the historical development of
various specialties. It will be of interest to all medical and healthcare professionals as well as students, and hopefully will encourage participants to go on to further study medical history in more detail. Browse below to find out more and book your place.

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.

Interested in joining the Section Council?

Section Councils play a pivotal role at the RSM and we are always looking for members who would like to get involved. If you would like to apply, please complete our application form and a Council representative will be in touch.

Apply here

Dr Hilary Susan Morris
Dr Andreas Kyriacou Demetriades
President Elect
Mr Andrew Sadler
Honorary Secretary
Mrs Catriona Head
Honorary Treasurer

Upcoming history of medicine events

View all events and webinars being run by the History of Medicine Society.

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History of Medicine Society - external trip to Beaune

Join us for an unforgettable journey to the heart of France as the History Society explores the historic city of Beaune to learn about medieval surgery and instruments. The area is renowned for its Bu...
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Live Stream

Scotland’s contribution to medicine and surgery

This event offers the unique platform to compare and contrast Scotland’s contributions to medicine and surgery, and explore its continued role in medical history and current medical education with two...
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom
Book Book
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Sarah Hughes Lecture

Join the Sarah Hughes Lecture as we explore, 'Press freedom and personal privacy – a clash of rights?'. Led by the ex-President of the Supreme Court UK the lecture will develop the argument that while...
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom
Book Book

Student prizes & awards

Trainee prizes & awards

Join the RSM today

Become a member today and get discounted rates on our education programme.


For working doctors and consultants (FY1 to ST8), retired doctors, and those holding senior management positions in medicine or healthcare.



For scientists and other professionals with a proven interest (or role) in the healthcare sector, but who do not hold a medical qualification.



For those studying medicine, dentistry or another healthcare-related subject, who are on their way to becoming a qualified medical or healthcare professional.