The Edinburgh History of Medicine Group offer a varied programme of medical history talks which are free to attend. Hosted at the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh, if you arrive around 4pm you’ll be treated to tea, coffee and biscuits.
I’ve been to several of these, including Professor Mark Harrison on Scottish doctors working in British India, Dr Helen MacDonald talking about procurement of cadavers for anatomy schools and Dr Sachiko Kusukawa presenting a detailed study about my Renaissance hero, Andreas Vesalius.
If you can’t make it in person, many of these talks are available via podcast, some including the original PowerPoint slides. You’ll need to supply your own tea and biscuits, though.
(Picture is from http://images.wellcome.ac.uk/ and shows Andreas Vesalius (1514 – 1564), Flemish anatomist c. 1600)