Professor Rodney Taylor who was the first WSHOMS lecturer in October 1999 has died. A full appreciation of his life on the link below:


The 17th Season of Meetings at the



We have completed another extremely successful series of meetings.  Thank you all for your regular attendance, we hope to see you all again for the 2017 Season in the Autumn.

Our final meeting was…..

1. “Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and Innoculation” Dr Simon Chaplin PhD FDSRCS

2. “Benjamin Jesty: A Bicentenary Review” Patrick Pead MSc FIBMS FHA

 The latest addition to the Library is “Benjamin Jesty, Grandfather of Vaccination” by WSHOMS Committee Member Patrick Pead.

This was the subject of the last talk of the WSHOMS 2016 season on Saturday 9th December. Both the talk and the book are inspirational and show what good research may achieve with hard work, persistance and the support of one’s family”

Details of the book in the Library drop down

Welcome to anyone interested in History of Medicine.

for further information please email John Richardson



The West Sussex History of Medicine Society (WSHOMS) was founded in 1999 and is a very active provincial medical society.  (See “History of Wshoms”)   It is run in conjunction with Chichester Medical Education Centre (CMEC) at St Richard’s Hospital Chichester.

In 2012 WSHOMS incorporated the dormant Chichester Clinical Society (CCS) which had not held meetings since 1998.  It was the last meeting on “Benjamin Franklin and the bones of 36 Craven Street” in 1998 that was the inspiration for the formation of WSHOMS. (See “Chichester Clinical Society”).

Its principle activity is a series of Saturday morning Autumn lectures which are regularly attended by audiences of 30-45 people.  These consist of active doctors, nurses and other health professionals, retired members of the medical and dental professions, medical students and occasionally by school leavers interested in learning about the history of medicine in preparation for applying to medical school.

There are no dues and fees for WSHOMS members just a mailing list notifying members of the lectures and activities.  There is a voluntary donation of £5  to attend each meeting and this is to cover the cost of room hire etc. There will be a box for donations towards the beverages and biscuits,  We pay for the hire of the facilities of CMEC, which is an educational charity.  Students and St Richard’s Hospital Staff can attend free

The lecturers consist of members of the medical profession and historians of medicine with national or international reputations as being experts in their fields of study.  However WSHOMS members with research or special interests are encouraged to volunteer to speak.  (See “Past Programmes” ).

This year’s lecture programme starts on Saturday 8th October 2016.

WSHOMS is run by a Committee, many of whom have the Diploma of the History of Medicine of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London, the DHMSA.  (See “Committee Members” page ).

The West Sussex History Of Medicine Society it is run in conjunction with CMEC at St Richards Hospital.