Wednesday, 29 October, 2014 - 16:30 to 17:30

Dr Ruth Richardson, King’s College London ; University of Cambridge

The modern discipline of ethics in medicine and surgery is generally regarded as having postdated the Nuremberg Trials, and has become largely the preserve of academic and professional philosophers. In the Georgian era, by contrast, doctors (some of them eminent) and others (potentially patients) were ready to comment in public upon questionable medical behaviours.

In this talk, Ruth Richardson will examine a range of British humanitarian commentary in the context of the medicine and surgery of the Georgian period.

This is an Edinburgh History of Medicine Group event, a collaboration between the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh.