Skeptics in the Pub: Gareth Williams


God, Shaw and Wakefield – Two Centuries of Anti-Vaccinationists

by Gareth Williams
When: Thu, Feb 17, 2011 8.00 – 11.00 PM
Where: The Head of Steam, 7 Lime Street, Liverpool

Gareth Williams qualified with Honours in Medicine and Pharmacology from Cambridge University in 1977 and trained in London and Geneva. He was Professor of Medicine in Liverpool, where he built up an internationally recognised research group in diabetes and obesity, and then Dean of Medicine in Bristol, where he remains as Professor of Medicine and Lead for European Relations in the Faculty. He has written 200 scientific papers and has authored or edited over 20 books, including the prize-winning Textbook of Diabetes. Gareth is a former President of the Anglo-French Medical Society and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Angers. He is Chair of the Trustees of the Edward Jenner Museum. His hobbies include playing music (both reputable and disreputable) and writing fiction.

Inspired by Edward Jenner, who lived and practised nearby, Gareth wrote Angel of Death: the story of smallpox, during a year’s sabbatical leave. Angel was published by Palgrave Macmillan in May 2010, leading to appearances on national and international radio and television, and at the Hay Literary Festival and many other events. Angel of Death has been reviewed as “wonderfully researched, vividly written … medical history at its absolute best” and was shortlisted for the prestigious Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2010.

  1. #1 by Michael on February 12, 2011 - 18:57

    I’m definatley going to that! Should be really interesting.

  2. #2 by Michael on February 21, 2011 - 20:02

    And it was. I was able to have a chat with Gareth about his previous research and he gave me some good pointers into my question. His talk was excellent and just goes to show that anti-vaccers go back to Jenner’s time. So Jenny McCarthy and Andrew Knobrot are at the end of a long line of health deniers.

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