London Medical Group

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The London Medical Group (LMG) was a forum for the discussion of medical ethics issues set up by the Rev Edward Shotter in 1963.[1] If was a forerunner of the Society for the Study of Medical Ethics (SSME), itself a forerunner of the Institute of Medical Ethics (IME). Dr (later Dame) Cicely Saunders gave one of the first lectures in the 1963/64 session on the subject of pain.[2] The LMG published a series of papers under the title Documentation in Medical Ethics, considered to be the forerunner of the Journal of Medical Ethics.


  1. ^ Whong-Barr, Michael. “Clinical Ethics Teaching in Britain: a History of the London Medical Group.” New Review of Bioethics 1, no. 1 (November 2003): 73–84.
  2. ^ Reynolds, L.A., and E.M. Tansey, eds. Medical Ethics Education in Britain, 1963-1993. London: UK: Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL, 2007. Available from: