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the History of Medicine


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Latest blog posts

Herd Immunity – what’s in a name?
“Herd immunity” recently made a controversial appearance in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. What does the phrase mean, where did it come from, and how helpful is it today? As of March 2020, ...
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Can history help us in the COVID-19 epidemic?
1918 flu epidemic: the Oakland Municipal Auditorium in use as a temporary hospital. Photo by Edward A. “Doc” Rogers. From the Joseph R. Knowland collection at the Oakland History Room, Oakland Public Library. Digital copy ...
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Dates for your Diary

Rembrandt, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp“Rembrandt, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp” by profzucker is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

The Teaching of Anatomy from Classical to Modern Times
The Scottish Society of the History of Medicine in conjunction with the BSHM.
Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

Sadly this event (originally planned for June 2020) has had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However we are pleased to announce that it has been rescheduled for 12/13th March 2021.

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Sir William Osler Legacy meeting and Poynter Lecture.
1st October 2020. Royal College of Physicians, London. Details TBA.


The biennial BSHM conference will take place in Sheffield from 15 – 18 September 2021. More information to follow.


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