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Booth Lecture: 'Aids Relief and Global Medicine Today'

9 November 2006

Dr Vin-Kim Nguyen (University of Montreal) will deliver the inaugural Booth Lecture at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL on 29 November 2006.

Physician and anthropologist Dr Nguyen will discuss 'AIDS Relief and Global Biomedicine Today: The Re-emergence of a Military-Therapeutic Complex in Africa?'

The bi-annual Booth Lecture has been inaugurated to acknowledge the important contributions to the history of medicine made by medical practitioners and will alternate with the centre's Kass Lecture, which covers Anglo-American cooperation in the history of medicine.

The lecture is named in honour of Sir Christopher Booth, an Honorary Professor of UCL and valued member of the centre, who has been a champion for the highest standards of research publication in the subject no matter what the formal qualifications of the author.

Among his many services to medicine were his roles as Director of the Clinical Research Centre of the Medical Research Council (1978-1988), President of the British Medical Association (1986-1987) and President of the Royal Society of Medicine (1988).

He was also Harveian Librarian of the Royal College of Physicians (1989-1997), founding member of the History of 20th Century Medicine Group in 1990, and did many years of service on the Wellcome Trust's History of Medicine Funding Committee.  

In addition to his wide-ranging essays on medicine in the 20th century, he has published on Quakers in Britain, especially on their medical brethren of the 18th century, such as John Fothergill and John Haygarth.

The lecture will commence at 5.30pm at 210 Euston Road, and be followed by a reception. Attendance is free, but by ticket only. To avoid disappointment, it is advised to register no later than 20 November 2006.

To request tickets, or to find out more, use the link at the bottom of this article.


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