Event Details

Humane Societies and the International Exchange of Medical Knowledge

RCPE Lecture Edinburgh

Date: Wednesday, 14 February 2018


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
9 Queen Street


Speaker: Dr Ciarán McCabe (University College Dublin and Maynooth University)

Humane societies, charities whose focus was the recovery of nearly-drowned persons, sprang up throughout the transatlantic world in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. The saving of lives took many forms, but the exchange of ideas, pioneering of lifesaving equipment and exploring innovative techniques were indirect methods which had a great impact. This talk will examine the context in which British and Irish humane societies were founded and operated, locating these organisations firmly within a wider transatlantic milieu, as well as delving deeper into this fascinating and, historically, relatively neglected movement.

This event is part of the Edinburgh History of Medicine Group, a collaboration with the University of Edinburgh.

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This event begins at 4.30pm and ends at 5.30pm.

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This event is free.

You can register for this lecture here on Eventbrite.

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Further Info


As a listed building, the College has restricted disabled access. A wheelchair lift is provided at the rear of the College giving access to the Conference Centre and the main historic rooms, but not all of the smaller rooms used for educational events. For further information and assistance please contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

Accommodation and Directions to the College

The College has negotiated special rates with a number of local hotels.

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Bicycle racks are available for cyclists at the door to 8 Queen Street. For access to further bicycle racks, please ask at reception.

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