Roy Porter Student Essay Prize in the social history of Medicine

The Society for the Social History of Medicine invites submissions to its 2015 Roy Porter Student Essay Prize Competition.

One prize will be awarded for the best original, unpublished essay in the social history of medicine in this competition. The winner will be awarded £500.00. The winning entry may also be published in the journal, Social History of Medicine, subject to the usual editorial procedures, including double blind refereeing

Entrants must be students: undergraduate or postgraduate, part-time or full-time.

For More details: RoyPorterPrizeReg2015

RAMI Lecture: Medicine and Pharmacy in the 19th Century

Medicine and Pharmacy In 19th Century Ireland


Brian Cleary,

PhD Chief Pharmacist, Rotunda Hospital, Hon. Associate Professor, RCSI

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Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI), History of Medicine Lecture

Wednesday 18th November 2015 at 6.15pm

Setanta House, (First Floor) Setanta Place, Dublin 2

 This lecture will trace the progress of medicine from ‘doctoring in the dark’ towards rational therapies based in scientific principles.

Call for Papers: Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century

Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century St Anne’s College, Oxford

10th – 11th September 2016


In our current ‘Information Age’ we suffer as never before, it is claimed, from the stresses of an overload of information, and the speed of global networks. The Victorians diagnosed similar problems in the nineteenth century. The medic James Crichton Browne spoke in 1860 of the ‘velocity of thought and action’ now required, and of the stresses imposed on the brain forced to process in a month more information ‘than was required of our grandfathers in the course of a lifetime’. Through this two day interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the ERC funded Diseases of Modern Life project based at Oxford, we will explore the phenomena of stress and overload, and other disorders associated with the problems of modernity in the long nineteenth century, as expressed in the literature, science, and medicine of the period. We seek to return to the holistic, integrative vision of the Victorians as it was expressed in the science and literature of the period, exploring the connections drawn between physiological, psychological and social health, or disease, and offering new ways of contextualising the problems of modernity facing us in the twenty-first century. We are particularly interested in comparative perspectives on these issues from international viewpoints. Topics might include, but are not limited to: · Representations of ‘modern’ disorders and neuroses in literature and the medical press · Defining modernity and its problems in the nineteenth century · Medical and psychiatric constructions of modern life · Social and mental health and welfare · Diseases from pollution and changing nineteenth-century environments · Diseases from worry, overwork, and mental or physical strain · Diseases from excess, self-abuse, stimulants, and narcotics · The role of machinery and technology in causing or curing disease · Changing relationships between doctors and patients · Emerging medical specialisms · Global modernities We welcome proposals from researchers across a range of disciplines and stages of career. We plan to publish a selection of papers from the event in the form of an edited volume.

Please send proposals of no more than 300 words accompanied by a short bio, to by Friday, 4th December 2015.

75 Years of DIAS lecture series

Celebrating 75 Years of the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies (DIAS) 


9 November   “Einstein’s Universe: Relativity and the Big Bang” by Dr Cormac O’Raifeartaigh (Waterford Institute of Technology), DIAS, 10 Burlington Road at 7.00 p.m. Please note that this event is now fully booked. To join the waiting list, please registerhere

25 November   “100 Years of Einstein’s Gravity but where are the Waves?” by Professor Mike Cruise (University of Birmingham), Heaney Lecture Theatre, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra at 7.30 p.m. The recently rediscovered Grubb coelostat used by Eddington to confirm Einstein’s theory will be on display. Admission is free but advance booking is required here.


3 December  “Celts in the Cosmos”, by Professor Werner Nahm (DIAS), Lecture Theatre, National Gallery of Ireland at 7.00 p.m. Admission is free but advance booking is required here.

11 December “Mathematics vs astronomy in early medieval Ireland” by Dr Immo Warntjes (Queen’s University Belfast), DIAS, 10 Burlington Road at 5:00 p.m. Admission is free but advance booking is required here.

More on the foundation of DIAS can be found in this Irish Times article ‘Walter Heitler: the forgotten hero of Éamon de Valera’s science push‘ by HSTM Network Ireland member Neasa McGarrigle.

Gaelic Medical Learning and its Cultural Afterlife Lunchtime Series

Royal Irish Academy 1pm Lunchtime Lecture Series

Gaelic Medical Learning and its Cultural Afterlife

4 November 2015 Medical writing in Irish, 1350–1650: treatises on pathology DR AOIBHEANN NIC DHONNCHADHA, DIAS

11 November 2015 Lucht leighis: healers and healing in Irish popular tradition by DR BAIRBRE NÍ FHLOINN, UCD

18 November 2015 The changing world of a Gaelic medic: Dermot O’Meara and early Stuart Ireland by DR DAVID EDWARDS, UCC

25 November 2015 Sylvester O’Halloran (1728–1807): romantic, antiquary and surgeon by DR CLARE O’HALLORAN, UCC

2 December 2015 Dr John Fergus: eighteenth-century doctor and book collector by DIARMAID Ó CATHÁIN

EXHIBITION — The series is accompanied by an exhibition, ‘Gaelic medical manuscripts from the Academy collections’, featuring some of the most important medical texts in the Irish language. 30 October–11 December, 2015 • Monday–Friday, 10.00–17.00 hours (except conference days – please check for details). Contact: 01-609 0620 or to arrange group visits.