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the History of Medicine

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Latest blog posts

Poems and Pandemics in the Plague Village
Simon Armitage’s newly released poem, ‘Lockdown‘, recalls the Eyam plague of 1665/6, effectively evoking feelings that reverberate in our current situation, and remind us that we are not the first to find ourselves in such ...
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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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Dates for your Diary

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

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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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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+44 (0) 114 225 9058/9135

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