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.
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
Haldane Tait Lecture and Dinner – Wednesday 24th May 2017
“Vaccination from Jenner to Wakefield: a war of disinformation”
was given by Gareth Williams MD ScD FRCP FRCPE
Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Senior Research Fellow in English, University of Bristol
at Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus
Spring meeting 2017
The Spring Meeting of the Society was held in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow 232-242 St Vincent St, Glasgow G2 5RJ on Saturday 25th March.
“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
The Spring Meeting of the Society was held in the
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow on
Saturday 14 TH APRIL 2018 at 2.00 pm.
The Summer Meeting of the Society was held at
The Maitland Room, Iris Murdoch Building,
University of Stirling,
The Autumn Meeting of the Society was held
at The Village Hotel, Edinburgh
on Saturday 1st December 2018 at 2.00 pm
Haldane Tait Lecture 2019
“A J Cronin and The Citadel”
was given on Wednesday 22nd May 2019
at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.
by Dr Ruth Richardson MA, DPhil, FRHistS
The Autumn Meeting of the Society was held at
The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
on Saturday 12th October 2019 at 2.00 pm
The speakers were:
Dr Hilary Morris
Convener of the Diploma in the History of Medicine of the Society of Apothecaries (DHMSA) Course; Senior Lecturer, Brighton
“Protecting the Health of Soldiers and Sailors during the 18th and early 19th Centuries: a reassessment of the role played by Scottish Medicine.”
Dr John Clark
Forensic Pathologist – Glasgow
“From Longwood to Hillhead: Napoleon, Egypt and Scotland”
Anthony W. Wildsmith
Professor Emeritus – University of Dundee
“Aylett, Alsop, their WW2 Casualty Management and What did kill most Americans at Pearl Harbour?”
Dr Maria Dlugolecka-Graham MBE
Polish School of Medicine Coordinator for The University of Edinburgh
“The Polish School of Medicine (at Edinburgh WW2)– the doors that wouldn’t close!?”