Medicinal plant lecture: historical sidelights and Poynter lecture

When and where

11 June 2018
Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regents Park, London, NW1 4LE

Medicinal plant lecture: historical sidelights and Poynter lecture

In this first lecture of the medicinal plant lecture series of 2018 the topics covered will be plants used in anaesthesia and the College's Pharmacopeia Londinensis on its' 400th anniversary. The Poynter lecture of the British Society for the History of Medicine will follow on medical practitioners as collectors and curators.

1.30pm    Registration with refreshments
2pm         Lecture
3pm         Tea and coffee with garden tours of relevant plants by RCP garden fellows
4pm         Lecture
5pm         Drinks reception
6pm         Poynter lecture of the British Society for the History of Medicine
7pm         Event finishes

 

Plants in Anaesthesia by Dr David Wilkinson, former consultant anaesthetist, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and historian of anaesthesia

A history of plant products used in general & local anaesthesia, including curare, opium, cocaine – and lettuce!

Unicorn Horn and London Treacle by Tony Cartwright, retired pharmaceutical regulatory consultant

The story of the College’s Pharmacopeia Londinensis on its 400th anniversary

Poynter Lecture of the British Society for the History of Medicine, 6pm
The Doctor as Collector by Dr Simon Chaplin

This lecture will focus on medical practitioners as collectors and curators in London in the latter part of the eighteenth century, making some reference to the Hunters and other anatomists but also to physician-botanists such as Hans Sloane and John Fothergill.

Simon Chaplin is Director of Culture and Society at the Wellcome Trust, and previously Head of the Wellcome Library.

The price of £10 allows entry to all the lectures on this day.