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


Haldane Tait Lecture 2019

Wednesday 22nd May 2019
The Great Hall, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

AJ Cronin & “The Citadel”

Dr Ruth Richardson MA, DPhil, FRHistS

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 was followed by a buffet supper.
Attendance at the lecture only (without wine reception and buffet supper) was free.

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Spring  meeting 2017

The Spring Meeting of the Society was held in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow 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.

More details here

The Summer Meeting of the Society was held at
The Maitland Room, Iris Murdoch Building,
University of Stirling,

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The Autumn Meeting of the Society was held
at The Village Hotel, Edinburgh
on Saturday 1st December 2018 at 2.00 pm

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