Previous meetings

The Society met for the first time in 1948 and in the following year met 3 times, a format which continues to the present. The Haldane Tait lectures were established in 1992 to honour the name of a former president of the Society. These lectures are followed by the Society’s dinner and are held in the summer.

This archive provides a list of all meetings to date, giving the meeting venue, the speakers and their topics. More will be added as they become available.








Haldane Tait Lecture and Dinner 2015


Autumn meeting 2016

was held at Edinburgh Academy, Henderson Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5BL on  Saturday 19th November 2016 at 2pm

The speakers were;

Mr Roy Miller
The invention of the stethoscope

Professor Tony Butler
Who invented MRI?


Haldane Tait Lecture and Dinner 2016

A history of Sunshine; from good to bad and back again?

by Dr Richard Weller, University of Edinburgh

This was held in  Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh, on Wednesday 18th May 2016.

Full address: Craiglockhart Campus, Glenlockhart Rd, Edinburgh EH14 1DJ

Directions can be found here

An account of the Haldane Tait Lecture and Dinner 2015 with photographs of the event can be found here


Summer meeting 2016

This was held at the Montrose Museum & Art Gallery

on Saturday 18th June 2016

Full address: Montrose Museum & Art Gallery, Panmure Place, Montrose DD10 8HF  t: 01674 662660

Directions can be found here

Programme can be found here



Haldane Tait Lecture and Dinner – Wednesday 24th May 2017

Vaccination from Jenner to Wakefield: a war of disinformation

Gareth Williams MD ScD FRCP FRCPE
Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Senior Research Fellow in English, University of Bristol

Edinburgh Napier University
Craiglockhart Campus
Colinton Road
Edinburgh EH14 1DJ

Time: 7.00 pm

Wine Reception at 6.30 pm.

The lecture will be followed by a buffet supper for which the charge will be £35 per person.
Attendance at the lecture only (without wine reception and buffet supper) is free.

Five receivers to the Society’s new audio system will be available for the hard-of-hearing.
Please indicate on the booking form if you would like to reserve one for the lecture.

Download the booking form


Spring  meeting 2017

The Spring Meeting of the Society will be held in will be held in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow on Saturday 25th March.

Lunch will be served from 12.15 and the lectures will start at 2.15

A map showing the venue can be found here


“Scotland’s Place in the History of Acoustic Neuroma Surgery”

Speaker : Professor Richard Ramsden

Professor Emeritus of Skull Base Surgery/Neurotology, University of Manchester

“A brief look at the history of the Deaconess Hospital, Edinburgh 1894-1990”

Speaker: Esther McNeill, Medical student, University of Edinburgh

“The Sexual Education of Medical Students during the mid-nineteenth century: Euphemism, Nether Regions and Banter”

Speaker: Jennie Brosnan, PhD candidate and Guthrie Trust awardee, University of Leicester