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The British Society for the History of Medicine Biennial Congress

Wednesday 15th – Saturday 18th September 2021

The University of Sheffield

Key themes will be the History of Medicine in the Workplace, Pandemics, Nursing and Innovation in Medical Engineering.

Abstract submissions on these themes and General Topics will be welcome.

For the latest information (31st March 2021) please go to our Congress 2021 page

The 19th BSHM Poynter Lecture was given on 1st October 2020

“The great Republic of Medicine knows and has known no national boundaries” – William Osler, the great medical internationalist

The lecturer was Dr John W Ward

A recording of the Poynter Lecture can be viewed by clicking here

Recordings of the Osler Legacy Meeting lectures and panel discussion – click here

For the most recent BSHM Newsletter – click here

“History of Medicine in a Covid World” page – click here

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‘Blitz Spirit’ in the Time of Pandemic
Frances Williams looks at the historic concept of ‘Blitz Spirit’ and its evocation during this period of pandemic Themes of resilience and strength have been drawn from the Second World War and put to use ...
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