The History of Medicine (DHMSA)

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 2021-June 2022 on zoom unless we are able to be in the venues. Contact the Faculty Manager for any questions.

Annual Course fee 2021-2022
£975.00 Full fee
£630.00 Student rate (proof of full-time status required)
£80 Drop-in classes (please mention which course days you would like to attend when emailing application form)

Course Information
DHMSA Programme 2021-2022_draft2 (subject to changes)
Select Bibliography 2021-22

Application form & T&Cs
Please fill out the application form, read the terms and conditions, sign and email to the Faculty Manager - click here

Please click here to pay for the course.

Eligibility, application and fees for the diploma examination are run separately by the Examinations Office. Details can be obtained here.

Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy

Contact: Maria Ferran, Faculty Manager & Webmaster
Telephone: 020 7236 1189