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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

A digital future for studying History of Medicine?
Dr Mike Davidson reflects on his experience of completing a Masters of Letters (M.Litt.) degree via distance learning… Saint Jerome in his study. Oil painting.. Credit: Wellcome Collection. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) I ...
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‘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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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 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. Abstract submission schedule to be announced in January.


To apply for BSHM Individual Membership – click here
To register as a member of a BSHM affiliated organisation – click here


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