As part of College Day, the Royal College of Physicians is pleased to announce Professor Gareth Williams will be delivering this year's FitzPatrick lecture, 'Edward Jenner and John Hunter: the apprentice and his sorcerer'.
In 1770, the 21-year-old Edward Jenner (1749–1823) went to London to complete his medical training under John Hunter (1728–1793), the anatomist and resurrectionist who would later be recognised as the ‘father of experimental surgery’. Jenner promptly fell under the spell of the charismatic surgeon extraordinary to King George III, while Hunter was captivated by the potential of the young man who quickly became his star pupil.
Registration will take place at the RCP from 2.30pm. It is not necessary to book in advance.
The lecture will commence at 3pm in the Wolfson Theatre.
Gareth Williams qualified with honours in medicine and pharmacology from Cambridge University in 1977. After training posts in London and Geneva he moved to Liverpool in 1988, where he built up an internationally recognised research group in diabetes and obesity. In 2003 he was appointed dean of medicine and dentistry in Bristol and remains there as emeritus professor of medicine, researching the history of medicine and science.
Professor Williams has written 200 papers and reviews, mostly on diabetes, obesity and neuroendocrinology, with occasional sorties into the Christmas BMJ. He has also authored or edited over 20 medical textbooks, including the prize-winning Textbook of Diabetes, and contributed to the Oxford Textbook of Medicine.
A former chair of the trustees of the Edward Jenner Museum, Professor Williams is now leading a fundraising campaign to save the museum from being closed down.
The FitzPatrick lecture was founded by a gift from Mrs Agnes Letitia FitzPatrick in memory of her husband, Dr Thomas FitzPatrick MRCP (1832–1900). It endows a lectureship in the history of medicine, to be delivered by an RCP fellow.