From Felix to the Helix, and from the Cradle to the Grave – Semon’s Contribution to Thyroid Surgery

Mr John Watkinson delivered his Semon Lecture on the 1st of November 2019 at the Royal Society of Medicine. His lecture started by focussing on Sir Felix Semon and his contributions to the history of ENT. He then looked at his own experience of thyroid and head and neck surgery and how surgeons in those … Continue reading “From Felix to the Helix, and from the Cradle to the Grave – Semon’s Contribution to Thyroid Surgery”

Attempts at Addressing the Head and Neck Conundrum in the Developing World

Professor Anil D’Cruz delivered his Semon Lecture on the 2nd of November 2018 at the Royal Society of Medicine. His talk focused around the increasing incidence of head and neck cancers in India due to the widespread use of tobacco. He first looked at the current management of advanced head and neck cancer, before moving … Continue reading “Attempts at Addressing the Head and Neck Conundrum in the Developing World”

The Devil is in the Detail

Professor Susan Margaret Standring presented her Semon Lecture on the 7th of November 2014 at the Royal Society of Medicine. Although the lecture available here is not the exact one given, the content is very similar without as much specialist ENT history as was in the lecture. Her lecture looks at the history of anatomy … Continue reading “The Devil is in the Detail”

Are We Guilty of Over-Treating the Nose?

Professor Valerie Joan Lund presented her Semon Lecture in 2012. Her lecture started by exploring some of the history of Felix Semon and his own practice, before detailing various rhinological conditions, namely allergic rhinitis, chronic rhinosinusitis, acute bacterial rhinosinusitis, sinusitis, and septal and turbinal deformities. With each of these conditions, the effectiveness of their treatments … Continue reading “Are We Guilty of Over-Treating the Nose?”

A Giant Step in Facial Plastic Surgery – the Transplant.

Professor Laurent Lantieri gave his Semon Lecture in 2011. In his lecture, he spoke about the many problems one faces when attempting to carry out facial reconstruction and transplantation, including the potent immunosuppressive therapy that patients were then subjected to afterwards. Lantieri then went on to discuss some of the cases of facial transplants that … Continue reading “A Giant Step in Facial Plastic Surgery – the Transplant.”