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A resource for everyone interested in
the History of Medicine

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

This online symposium will take place over 2 sessions on Friday 12th March and Friday 26th March 2021

For more information click here

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 now be viewed by clicking here 

The recording of the Osler Legacy lectures and panel discussion will be posted on the Osler Club of London website

For the most recent newsletter – click here

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

Latest blog posts

‘Unfallstationen!’ – a short history of the emergency department
Royal Free Hospital, Gray’s Inn Road. Accident ward.. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) The emergency department is seen as the ‘coal-face’ of any hospital, providing 24-hour-access medical assessment to members of ...
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Mystery object – Frimley Sanatorium
Mystery object 1: an illustration by a patient in a letter sent to the Lady Almoner at Frimley Sanatorium in 1952. Image source: Royal London Hospital Archives & Museum: RLHBH/AL/3/27/9 Mystery object 2: an image ...
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Dates for your Diary

The British Society for the History of Medicine Biennial Congress
Wednesday 15th – Saturday 18th September 2021
The University of Sheffield

Key themes will include the history of Healthcare in Industry, Pandemics, Medical Engineering and Nursing.  Abstracts on these and general topics will be welcome. Submission schedule to be announced.

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