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.

Complete the application form

Professor Tilli Tansey
President
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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Webinar

History, art and medicine: Module 1 - part 1

This is the first part of a 2-part module aiming to explore history, art and medicine. The first lecture will focus on demonstrating the continued relevance of medical history in assessing the develop...
  • Price £6 - £20
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The art of anatomy

Join us to acknowledge the innovation made by Leonardo da Vinci in understanding human anatomy. In this webinar, we will assess the uniqueness of this acquisition of knowledge and evaluate the extent ...
  • Price £25 - £44
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom
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Live Stream

Live stream: The art of anatomy

Join us to acknowledge the innovation made by Leonardo da Vinci in understanding human anatomy. In this live stream, we will assess the uniqueness of this acquisition of knowledge and evaluate the ext...
  • Price £5 - £20
Book Book
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The emergence of surgery: Module 1 - part 2

This second part of a 2-part module will focus on the emergence of surgery. Identify the influence of significant developments in the first lecture, particularly antisepsis and the extent to which the...
  • Price £6 - £20
Book Book
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The emergence of medicine: Module 2 - part 1

Join this Part 1 of a 2-part module to look into the emergence of medicine. In the first lecture, you'll understand how primary care has emerged and identify the issues that have influenced its presen...
  • Price £6 - £20
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Sarah Hughes Memorial Lecture

Sarah Hughes, a journalist, died from breast cancer on Easter Monday 2021 at the age of 48. Her family and friends have raised funds for an annual lecture to be held under the auspices of the RSM Hist...
  • Price £20 - £30
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom
Book Book
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Live Stream

Live stream: Sarah Hughes Memorial Lecture

Sarah Hughes, a journalist, died from breast cancer on Easter Monday 2021 at the age of 48. Her family and friends have raised funds for an annual lecture to be held under the auspices of the RSM Hist...
  • Price £5 - £10
Book Book
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The history of the Middlesex Orthopaedic Department - 85 years

Join us to identify a range of factors that led to the development of the orthopaedic specialty. In this meeting, we will discuss key individuals and events that were able to be innovative and assess ...
  • 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

Prize

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

Submission deadline 

Monday 11 January 2022

Meeting date

16 March 2022

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

Join the RSM today

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

Fellow

For professionals with a medical, dental or veterinary qualification recognised by GMC, GDC or RCVS.

Fellow

Associate

For professionals working in the healthcare sector or with an interest in healthcare issues and do not qualify for a Fellow membership. 

Associate

Student

For students studying medicine, dentistry or an undergraduate qualification in a healthcare-related subject, in the UK or overseas. 

Student