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.

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.

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Professor Tilli Tansey
Professor Sean Patrick Francis Hughes
President Elect
Mr Andrew Sadler
Honorary Secretary
Mr Ian Bruce Murray Stephen
Honorary Treasurer

Upcoming history of medicine events

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

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The 2020 Christmas meeting: Contagion, controversy and chivalry

This meeting will now only be taking place as a webinar. Click here to book the webinar. 20 x bursary places for trainees and 20 x student bursaries available - send your request to ophthalmology@rsm....
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom
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Webinar CPD

Historical perspectives on clinical neurology

This webinar will provide new insights into the recent creation of a clinical neurological specialty and the development of new treatment options for migraine. Learning objectives include: To know the...
  • Price £5 - £20
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History of urology, urological surgery and John Hunter Lecture

This meeting of the year is devoted to the history of urological surgery, organised in conjunction with the Hunterian Society. The second lecture, John Hunter Lecture honours the lasting contributions...
  • Price £25 - £44
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom
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Prizes & awards

History of Medicine Society: Norah Schuster Essay Prize


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

Submission deadline 

Wednesday 20 January 2021

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 

Click here for prize guidelines and checklist

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. The full essay is to be submitted as a pdf attachment.
Apply here

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