Course Director: Dr Anna Simmons
Dr Anna Simmons has been associated with the Society of Apothecaries for more than twenty years, having completed her PhD on its chemical and pharmaceutical trading activities in 2004. Her research and publications include the early history of pharmaceutical manufacturing in London, the social and economic history of British chemistry and pharmacy and the development of chemical careers and professional organisations, within which the Society of Apothecaries and its pharmaceutical trade have always been a particular focus. She has been employed on various database and online archival projects and has extensive experience of the charitable sector and scholarly societies.
The course provides lectures on the History of Western Medicine from ancient times to the present. Each historical 'epoch' is covered by a specialist historian and sessions are also included on Egyptian Medicine, on Chinese Medicine and on Ayurvedic medicine, and on historical method. These are themes days on medical ethics and women in medicine and sessions on archives and research resources. The history and development of the major specialties is covered by experts in each field. Guidance is provided for the written papers, the dissertation for the Diploma Examination and the Test Lecture but the Examination is not compulsory. Background reading lists are offered.
The course runs annually from October to June on Saturdays. The lectures are usually given either at the The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, The Wellcome Collection, London Metropolitan archives or Guy's Hospital.
Please note: The course will run on Saturdays via Zoom from October 2020-June 2021 on zoom unless we are able to be in the venues. Contact the Faculty Manager for any questions.
£80 Drop-in sessions
Course programme for 2020-2021 is available be clicking here (please note this is subject to change)
Application form & T&Cs
Drop-in classes throughout the year Application Form 2020-21
Terms and conditions of the course: Courses - Terms and conditions
(Please read, sign and return application form and terms and conditions when submitting your application)
Payment for drop-in sessions via bank transfer only.
(Please note, if attending the full course instalments can be arranged)
Eligibility, application and fees for the diploma examination are run separately by the Examinations Office. Details can be obtained here.
Contact: Maria Ferran, Faculty Manager & WebmasterTelephone: 020 7236 1189
Black Friars Lane
London EC4V 6EJ
020 7236 1189
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