University of Otago Otago Medical School Alumnus Association
Dunedin School of Medicine University of Otago, Christchurch University of Otago, Wellington

History of Medicine Lectures

The Association is proud to present a series of lectures on the History of Medicine each year.

These usually take place on the last Thursday of the month during the academic year.

Check the University of Otago Events Calendar for details of upcoming lectures.


Recordings of past lectures

History of Medicine lectures are recorded and are available in .mp4 video and (sometimes) .mp3 audio format. Details of lectures available for viewing/listening or download are given below.

To download a video or audio file right-click on the link and choose "Save link as... "


Final Wishes: The Rise of Willed Body Programs in America by Dr Susan E. Lederer, 27 September 2018

Gundecks Presented by Richard Hart, 30 August 2018

The convergence of history on our Otago collections Presented by Dr Louisa Baillie, 26 July 2018


Hormones Presented by Gil Barbezat, 30 November 2017

The New Zealand eugenics movement Presented by Hamish Spencer, 26 October 2017

Smallpox Presented by Sue Heydon, 31 August 2017

The right to refuse: Compulsory vaccination in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force during World War 1, 1914–1918 Presented by Lea Doughty, 27 July 2017

The vulgar errors of Sir Thomas Browne (1605–1682) Presented by Dr Ross Grimmett, 29 June 2017

Brain, mind, heart, soul in Aristotle Presented by Grant Gillett, 25 May 2017

Islamic science and medicine Presented by Terry Doyle, 27 April 2017

Medics in apartheid South Africa Presented by Gil Barbezat, 30 March 2017


Microbiologists and clinicians killed in action Presented by Dr Antje van de Linden, 27 October 2016

The doctor in spite of himself Presented by Dr John Holmes, 29 September 2016

Natural history of quackery Presented by Terry Doyle, 25 August 2016

History of neurosurgery Presented by Dirk de Ridder, 28 July 2016

Welfare state, medicine Presented by Stan Rodger, 31 March 2016