Five undergraduate students gave presentations at the annual History of Medicine Prize Evening on 10 December 2019. The event, held at Liverpool Medical Institution – the centre of the city’s medical community since 1837 – has been organised regularly over the last fifteen years and gives students a chance to showcase their research.
The finalists, selected from entrants across the Mersey region, were Sumeya Faysal (Medicine, University of Liverpool) who discussed the ‘dark side’ of modern gynaecology; Daisy Goddard (History, Edge Hill University) who examined the history of plastic surgery; Abigail Lloyd (History, University of Liverpool) who looked at trends in childbirth in Britain during the twentieth century; Vissagan Sankaranarayanan (Medicine, University of Liverpool) who provided a ‘brief history of nanomedicine’; and Mila Vaisey (History and Economics, University of Liverpool) who examined the work of the gay community during the AIDS crisis.
A judging panel made up of representatives from the LMI, the University of Liverpool and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine awarded first place to Mila Vasey. Abigail Lloyd and Daisy Goddard were second and third respectively. A prize fund of £200 donated by the Liverpool Medical History Society will be divided between the participants.
A further event, open to all undergraduates, will take place in 2020.