Tuesday, 30 May 2017, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Museum of London

From Mr Pickwick to Tiny Tim - Charles Dickens and Medicine

Dr Nicholas Cambridge

Charles Dickens's expert eye for detail enabled him to describe many medical conditions in his writings. He supported hospitals, children's welfare, public health and the rehabilitation of prostitutes. Through his Journals and lectures he was able to reach out to the population at large and campaign on all of these issues. Dickens also suffered with a number of medical conditions which will be discussed in detail during the lecture.


No reservations are required for this lecture. It will be run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Doors will open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.
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Nicholas Cambridge is an Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Buckingham in Humanities and Medical History.

After completing his training as an electrical engineer he decided to become a doctor qualifying from The Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1977. In 2002 he graduated with an MD in medical history from the University of London whilst still running a busy family GP practice in Surrey, where he worked for 25yrs.

In 2009, following his retirement, he decided to launch the Samuel Johnson tercentenary celebrations by re-creating the famous walk in 1737 by Dr Samuel Johnson and David Garrick. Wearing 18C costume, Nicholas dressed as Garrick and Professor Peter Martin dressed as Johnson, walked 167 miles from Lichfield to London. They were met at the Guildhall by the Lord Mayor of London and a reception for 400 guests was laid on by the City of London. Nicholas was also Chairman of the Samuel Johnson Tercentenary committee which co-ordinated the various events during 2009.

Nicholas is Honorary Chairman of the William Shipley Group for RSA History, Vice President and past Chairman of the Johnson Society of London, Chairman of the Erasmus Darwin Foundation, Chairman of the Charles Bell Group (which aims to preserve the legacy of The Middlesex Hospital) and a Liveryman of The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries.

Nicholas is a past President of the History of Medicine Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, past President of the Medical Society of London, where he was awarded the Lettsomian Medal, and a past President  of the Hunterian Society.

His interests include the medical histories of Charles Dickens, Benjamin Franklin and Dr Samuel Johnson, public health and the history of electricity.

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