Expert to talk on medieval medicine

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THE second public lecture of the spring term series is set to explore the state of medical knowledge at the time of Henry I.

Entitled ‘Jesters, Barbers and Grocers – Medicine in the City of London’ the lecture will be given by Professor Trevor Beedham, Honorary Professor of the University of Buckingham and former Deputy Medical Director of Barts and the London NHS Trust.

The Jester Rahere was a frequenter of Henry’s court, and in this lecture the audience will be provided with an insight into his mind and decision to found ‘the House of the Poore in West Smithfield’ in the City of London; St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Professor Beedham will also discuss some of the influences on medieval medicine in the City.

The origins of the Royal College of Physicians, the Barber Surgeons and the Grocer Apothecary Livery Companies will be explored and people will discover how their traditions helped regulate modern medicine. Professor Beedham qualified as a dentist in 1965 from The Royal Dental Hospital. He graduated from the London Hospital Medical College MB BS (Hons.) in 1972. In 1981 he was appointed consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Royal London Hospital. At the Bart’s and London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary College he became hon. Senior Lecturer in 2005 and hon. Professor in 2008. In the NHS he was clinical director, divisional director and most recently deputy medical director at Bart’s and the London. He retired from the NHS in 2009.

From 2009 he has been Chair of the Committee of Management of the Diploma in the Forensic and Clinical Aspects of Sexual Assault (DFCASA), which has been sponsored by the Department of Health. He was the Master of the Society of Apothecaries 2009-10 and in 2010 was awarded an Hon. DSc. by the University of Buckingham.

The lecture will be held in the IFLH, Chandos Road Building and will start at 6.30pm on Tuesday, April 26. It is free and open to all.