The International Society for the History of Medicine

The British Society for the History of Medicine represents the United Kingdom in the International Society for the History of Medicine (ISHM). The ISHM has direct individual membership, and members have privileged access to the biannual e-journal Vesalius.

Membership subscriptions to the ISHM for 2021 for those under 30 and over 70 are £21 and for all others £42. Subscriptions are now paid by Bank Swift using the following Bank details:

ISHM Treasury Bank: Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Ag. 8
Bank Address: Via Calefati, 187 – 70122 Bari – Italy
Bank Account Number: 77110.37
IBAN: IT 26 P01030 04008000007711037

To join the International Society and for general correspondence please contact:
Prof. Dana BARAN, ISHM General Secretary
Department of Interdisciplinary Sciences
Faculty of Medicine, “Gr.T.Popa” University of Medicine and Pharmacy
Str. Universitatii, nr.16, 700115 IASI, ROMANIA

ISHM International Congresses and Meetings 

An international Congress is held every two years, and an international meeting in the years between congresses. Following the 2018 Congress in Lisbon, Portugal the Centenary Congress should have been in Riga, Latvia in 2020.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Congress has been postponed to 23-27 August 2021. The organisers of the Riga Congress have held two Zoom meetings online as a taster for the full event and more of these are planned for ISHM members.

The event in Riga will be an ideal way of making new contacts with medical historians from around the world and for many it will be the first opportunity for international travel for an overseas Congress. Riga has one of the largest Medical History Museums in the world and its Old Town has a fascinating collection of mediaeval buildings. In the new town the many restored Art Deco buildings are particularly attractive.

For details of the Riga Congress go to:

The latest edition of the ISHM Newsletter can now be accessed at Members of affiliated national organisations are encouraged to use the Newsletter to exchange news and information with colleagues around the world. The Editor, Luca Borghi, can be contacted at: