Talks and social events are held from October to June. The programme is varied and most meetings have an appeal for several specialities, and may be of sufficiently broad interest to attract non-medically qualified partners and friends.  The Institution is able to attract speakers of international renown. The programme includes endowed eponymous lectures and some joint meetings with specialist societies.



Programme 182nd Session 2021-2022

President - Mr James Johnson

Wednesday, 11th May 2022 at 5.00pm via Zoom


Frances Ivens Lecture

Joint Meeting with University of Liverpool


Professor Allan Brandt, Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine and Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University

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Stigmatized diseases and conditions constitute an enormous problem for individuals and groups who are subject to prejudice, discrimination, isolation, and the violation of basic human rights. Not only do the highly stereotyped assumptions, beliefs, and values attached to these diseases inflict multiple harms on those who find themselves in the shadow of stigma; it also has profound effects on access to services, health care and its delivery, as well as health systems and economies. Despite concerted efforts to reduce disease stigmas over the last century—and especially in recent decades—they continue to impact patients and remain a major obstacle to medical and public health efforts to improve health. This lecture will explore the history of the social, cultural, and political production of stigma as well as interventions and public policies for its reduction. 


Allan M. Brandt is the Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine and Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, where he holds a joint appointment between the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical School. Brandt served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences from 2008 to 2012. He earned his undergraduate degree at Brandeis University and a Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University. His work focuses on social and ethical aspects of health, disease, medical practices, and global health in the twentieth century. Brandt is the author of No Magic Bullet: A Social History of Venereal Disease in the United States since 1880 (1987); and co-editor of Morality and Health (1997). He has written on the social history of epidemic disease; the history of public health and health policy; and the history of human experimentation among other topics. His book on the social and cultural history of cigarette smoking in the U.S., The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product that Defined America, was published by Basic Books in 2007 (paperback, 2009). It received the Bancroft Prize from Columbia University in 2008 and the Welch Medal from the American Association for the History of Medicine in 2011. Brandt has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2015 he was awarded the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award by the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Brandt is currently serving as the interim chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is presently writing about the history and ethics of stigma and its impact on patients and health outcomes.