History of Medicine Group

Join the History of Medicine Group, a collaborative seminar series hosted by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh.


Seminar description

Medical tourism in Edinburgh, palliative medicine, anatomical models and medical illustrations are among the seminars in the 19th year of the Edinburgh History of Medicine Group.

Time and location

Unless otherwise stated, the seminars begin at 18.00 in the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh. Tickets are £3 on the door or at the Evenbrite link below unless otherwise stated.

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Tickets are £3 unless otherwise stated, available at this Eventbrite page.

Event schedule

Date Speaker Topic Notes
Wednesday 18 Sept

Abraham Verghese (Stanford University Medical School)

'The Physician as Revolutionary: From Frantz Fanon to “Che”'

Thursday 17 Oct McCarthy Award for History of Medicine Research

Join us at the cutting-edge of history of medicine research where new ideas and discoveries collide with traditional thought and theory. At this event you’ll have the opportunity to hear our McCarthy Award finalists present their exciting pieces of research. A panel of esteemed judges will preside.

Whilst the judges deliberate you will have the chance to view some of the fascinating items from the College’s historic collections and enjoy complimentary refreshments before the winner is announced. Come along and encourage a new generation of medical historians.

Tuesday 20 Nov

Chris Philo (University of Glasgow)

'“Cats robbed him of his wealth, his health and his reason”: The Wild and Tranquil Geographies of Animals and Madness'

Wednesday 22 Jan

John Crichton, (Chair of RCPsych in Scotland)

'Forensic Psychiatry: From Plato to the Modern ‘Insanity’ Defence'

Thursday 9 April

Gareth Williams, University of Bristol and Heidi Larson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

'The Truth About Vaccines'

Thursday 14 May

Jennifer Evans (University of Hertfordshire)

'Cause for Complaint: Men’s Sexual Health in Early Modern England'



Further information and registration

To contact the organisers or for further details on each of the papers and registration, visit the Edinburgh History of Medicine Group website.

Edinburgh History of Medicine Group

Find out what else is on

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology offers an exciting programme of seminars across many subjects areas. Visit the research seminars website to find out what else is happening.