British Society for the History of Medicine Congress

September 13-16, 2017, Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh

This is the final call for papers for The BSHM Congress to be held from 13th-16th September 2017 at Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh, in association with the Society for the Social History of Medicine.


All those with an interest in history of medicine are welcome to attend and to submit abstracts for 15 minute oral presentations and for posters. Members of BSHM and affiliated societies enjoy a reduced delegate fee.

The Congress has 4 themes: Women in Medicine; Scotland’s contribution and influence; Apothecaries and their successors; Art and photography in Medicine.
These themes are not exclusive. Papers and posters on any aspect of the history of medicine are welcome.

Abstracts for posters and for 15 minute oral presentations should be submitted on the Congress website
Abstracts should be no more than 200 words in length and the title no more than 15 words. A single reference may be added (not included in word count). Abstract submission closes on 31st May. Abstracts will be peer reviewed and authors notified by 7th July.

Keynote speakers include Professor Malcolm Nicolson, Professor David Watters and Philippa Langley.

SSHM collaboration
Postgraduate students, and early career postdoctoral researchers, who are members of the Society of the Social History of Medicine (SSHM) and who do not have  access to institutional funds, may apply for conference bursaries from the SSHM.   Details about applications can be found here –

Delegate rates
The early bird delegate rate for the 3 day conference package for members is £180 and for non-members £190. This rate is available until 14th July.
Undergraduate students enjoy reduced delegate rates of £25 for the 3 days or £10 per day.

Surgeons’ Hall is the home of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, first established in 1505. The campus is centred round the Playfair Building, opened in 1832. This historic venue houses a modern conference centre where the Congress will be held. It is situated close to the centre of Edinburgh within the UNESCO World heritage site.
The delegate fee includes a visit to Surgeons Hall Museum winner in 2016 of “Best permanent exhibition in the UK” from Museums and  Heritage Awards.

Optional extras include welcome Barbeque (Wednesday), Drinks reception (Thursday) and Congress dinner (Friday).

Further details are on  our website where you can find information on how to register an interest, register as a delegate and submit abstracts. This will be done using our dedicated conference site at

Hotels of all price ranges are situated within easy reach of the venue. Further details are  at

Edinburgh has good air and rail links from all parts of the UK. Further details are at

Please share this invitation with colleagues, students and friends who may be interested.

The Congress is supported by funding from the Wellcome Trust, University of Edinburgh, Scottish Society of the History of Medicine, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Jon Baines.

Iain Macintyre
President BSHM

Call for papers

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Posted: April 28, 2017