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.

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Professor Sean Patrick Francis Hughes
President
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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Mind and body: Module 1 - part 1

The history of forensic psychiatry is the introduction to Mind and Body, a two-part module. The first lecture looks into the emergence of forensic psychiatry and discusses the ways in which it has inf...
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Work and art contrasted

Join us to discover the historical role of occupational medicine and the importance of art. In this event, we will discuss how occupational medicine has led to a greater understanding of health awaren...
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom
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Mind and body: Module 1 - part 2

Vaccination is the second part of this 2-part module. The first lecture will identify various perspectives on vaccinations, including smallpox's influence on today's preventive medicine. By the end of...
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The Sarah Hughes Trust 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...
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom
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Under the knife: Module 2 - part 1

Under the Knife delves into the history of conflict surgery. The first lecture looks at the contributions made by surgeons in times of conflict and their legacies relating to surgery. This two-part mo...
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Barts notables and a history of neurosurgery

This event will explore the role of biography in current medical practice. The aim of this session is to illustrate ways in which neurosurgery has led to a greater understanding of brain function and ...
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom
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Under the knife: Module 2 - part 2

Join us to explore the history of gynaecology and discuss the essential developments that continue to define gynaecology as a modern specialism. The first lecture will give participants a greater unde...
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The cutting edge: Module 3 - part 1

The Cutting Edge presents a look into the birth of endocrinology and some of the challenges it faces today. Observing the timeline of endocrinology as a study, the first lecture picks out some of the ...
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Student prizes & awards

History of Medicine Society

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Trainee prizes & awards

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Fellow

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

Fellow

Associate

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

Associate

Student

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

Student