The Canadian Bulletin of Medical History / Bulletin canadien d’histoire de la médecine is the official organ of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine/ Société canadienne d’histoire de la médecine and is the primary outlet in Canada for refereed
Birmingham Stories is a series of blog posts exploring the experiences of Birmingham men and women during the First World War through the Museum’s collection. Harold Hall
Harold Hall in his RAMC Uniform, December 1914
Harold Hall was born in Woodgate on the outskirts of Birmingham in 1893. At the age of 14 he began working at Cadbury’s in the Biscuit Department. When war broke out in 1914, Harold volunteered for the Army but he was classed as unfit for military service. Harold had lost a fi… »
I emerged after a long day in the soundproofed cabins at the back of the reading room in the onetime Institute of Marxism-Leninism, which pieces of black sticky tape now proclaimed as the ‘Institute of the Labour Movement’. It was spring 1990 and I was in East Berlin, as one of the first western researchers into the German Democratic Republic.
The History Manifesto is an attempt by its authors to emphasize, perhaps, even, reimagine, the important function that historians might perform in the 21st century. It is at once a diagnosis of the field’s missteps, as the authors characterize them, and a prognosis that implores historians to reclaim their rightful place in international governance and…
Women’s History in the Digital World 2015, the second conference of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education, will be held on the campus of Bryn Mawr College on May 21-22.
We aim to bring together experts, novices, and all those in between to share insights, lessons, and resources for the many projects emerging at the crossroads of history, the digital humanities, and women’s and gender studies. Continuing a conversation begun at our inaugural meeting in 201… »
‘Forensics: the anatomy of crime’ explores the history, science and art of forensic medicine. It travels from crime scene to courtroom, across centuries and continents, exploring the specialisms of those involved in the delicate processes of collecting, analysing and presenting medical evidence. It draws out the stories of victims, suspects and investigators of violent crimes, and our enduring cultural fascination with death and detection.
Planning on attending the History of Science Society Annual Meeting and interested in learning more about the alt-ac community? We have planned a number of opportunities for grad students, independent scholars, and historians of science of all kinds who are on non-academic or non-traditional academic career trajectories to mingle, talk about work, and seek a supportive community. Here’s where you can find us next week in Chicago:
Friday, November 7, 7:30-8:30pm
Stop by the Great Lakes Ballr… »
The 20th century is the period in which advances in medicine and public health led to a much improved life span for the populations of developed nations. The 19th century, on the other hand, is seen as time when only the wealthy could benefit from medicine. This is perhaps an unfair assertion. To be able to verify or refute it, one would need a significant number of publications from the 19th century to hand. The UK Medical Heritage Library will provide the most comprehensive set of such public… »
What does it mean to do British studies today? Modern British Studies at Birmingham was launched in February 2014 to explore new and interdisciplinary ways of thinking about British society, culture, politics, and the economy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will host our first international conference on 2-3 July 2015, and now invite scholars working…
Richard C. Keller
With Ebola now on at least three continents, thoughts run to its origins. Discussion circulates around fruit bats, chimpanzees, and other primates, but no one really knows for sure where the disease’s reservoir might be, or what might serve as its vector. Perhaps what is most disturbing is that scapegoating has filled knowledge gaps left by uncertainty. Blame for the epidemic’s spread has fallen on its victims and those who have sought to provide relief in the struggle against »
By Benjamin Wilkie in Cultural History and Economic History. By examining the commercial and migratory connections forged between Australia and Scotland between the wars, this article extends discussions of the relationship between the Empire and the
Honolulu star-bulletin. (Honolulu [Oahu, Hawaii) 1912-current, August 07, 1915, 3:30 Edition, Page SIX, Image 6, brought to you by University of Hawaii at Manoa; Honolulu, HI, and the National Digital Newspaper Program.
From C.J. Cullingworth’s Clinical illustrations of the diseases of the fallopian tubes and of tubal gestation : a series of drawings with descriptive text and histories of the cases (1895).
As always, for more from the Medical Heritage Library, please visit our full collection!
The recent book The Sick Rose: Disease and the Art of Medical Illustration is not to be leafed through lightly. The volume reproduces 19th-century images from the Wellcome Library’s collection of textbooks and medical atlases, alongside commentary by historian Richard Barnett. Some of its images of suffering patients have the power to rearrange the unsuspecting viewer physiologically, provoking nausea or painful waves of empathy.
The experience of looking at The Sick Rose, which is a well-cura… »
Joe Spillane recently pointed us to Caroline Rance’s blog, “The Quack Doctor,” and suggested that her posts – filled with advertisements for things such as “Carter’s Little Liver Pills” and “Effervescent Brain Salt” – form a “reasonable platform” for historians to “ask the larger questions about consumer behavior, medical authority, business interests, and the role…
By Rachel A. Snell Between 1835 and 1870, Sarah L. Weld of Cambridge, Massachusetts collected twenty-three recipes for gingerbread. This repetition of recipes, particularly recipes for baked goods, was not uncommon in nineteenth-century recipe collections. In fact, it was the … Continue reading →
This essay explores H.G. Wells’s attempts to reform the teaching of history between the two World Wars. Holding history teachers largely responsible for creating the mood of bellicose nationalism that made the First World War possible, Wells concluded that only a fundamentally reformed history education would ensure the survival of the human species. He pressed for a global history, to be taught in all the world’s schools, that began with the origins of the universe and ended with the … »
As a part of the History of Working- Class Marriage project, my PhD research is investigating the effects of marriage and family life on children in Scotland between 1920 and 1970. At this point in time there is no comprehensive history of childhood experiences in Scotland, and very little existing information on the experiences of children growing up in different family forms and circumstances. ‘Family breakdown’ is something that we are hearing more and more about, and there is increasing pol… »
When I describe my research project to other scholars–often in a conference setting–I am reminded that it is difficult for the study of a single province to speak for all of South Vietnam. Some simply consider a province study as hardly representative of anything outside the province. Making the connection between one province out of forty-four and the rest of the country is a challenge, yet far from impossible. Think about the other studies of the Vietnam War and the sources used. In Working-C… »
When Dr. William Levingston came to town, he arrived wearing a silk hat and peddling a cure for one of his age’s most terrifying ailments: uncontrollable growth. At $25, the cost was steep for the farmers and tradesmen of the rural countryside where Levingston did most of his huckstering.
During the nineteenth century, physicians used photographs as consultation tools and treated patient photographs as prized collectable objects. Southern physician Edward Archelaus Flewellen sent this daguerreotype of A.P Jackson—one of the earliest surviving consultation photographs—to the famed surgeon Valentine Mott in 1856. Flewellen had been Mott’s student in New York,…
by Jennifer Evans Women in early modern England were partly defined by their work, for example spinsters and midwives. Their position in the community was also established by bearing children and becoming a mother. The gathering of women around the birthing room was an opportunity to share reproductive knowledge and to become fully integrated into the circle of married women in their neighbourhood. But not all women achieved motherhood [...]
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The editorial-team here at Whewell’s Gazette the weekly #HistSTM links digest tend towards the curmudgeonly end of the social spectrum so our attitude to Halloween is perfectly summed up by the following, in our opinion, wonderful photograph.
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Fantastically Wrong: History’s Most Hilarious Misconceptions About the Elephant
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Antiquity’s saddest elephant laments the cursive that someone wrote all over it. Wikimedia
In the “Heffalumps and Woozles” ditty from Winnie the Pooh, elephants—those would be the heffalumps—wear tuxedos and use their trunks as accordions and suddenly turn blue. Fantastical, to be sure, but it’s… »
By Jordan Taitel As a doula, I have the privilege of attending other women’s labors and deliveries. Recently I attended a delivery assisted by a midwife at a large-scale hospital. The midwife and the nursing staff supported the fearless mama as she labored away in a large room with a wall of windows looking out on a beautiful river. The room was decorated with pretty pictures of flowers and soothing paint tones. Most of the medical equipment remained hidden in easy-access drawers. Everything in… »
At times, the History Manifesto feels like the call-to-arms it claims to be: a passionate and enthusiastic case for the relevance of the past. It is refreshing to read a work which takes on big, important, political questions and makes the case that the interventions of historians matter. The notion that anyone thinking seriously about…
The following is a guest post from Keisha N. Blain, an historian of the 20th c. United States with broad interdisciplinary interests and specializations in African American History, the modern African Diaspora, and Women’s and Gender Studies. She completed a B.A. (Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa) in History and Africana Studies from Binghamton University (SUNY) and a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Africana Research Center (ARC)… »
This post comes out of my experiences this fall teaching a senior seminar on “Writing Recent History” (which my students are finding especially challenging), and thinking about what that might mean in the Mormon context. And it’s also prompted by something that Laurel Thatcher Ulrich said about Claudia Bushman at the Exponent II 40th celebration last month that caught my ear and which I’ve been thinking about ever since. Laurel said that one of the motivations for starting the journal was Claud… »
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Connected Histories of Decolonisation
A two-day workshop organised by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in conjunction with the Centre for European and International Studies Research at the University of Portsmouth and King’s College London
The Senate Room, Senate House (First Floor)
Register for this event online at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies website.
Thursday 13th November 2014
11-11.30: Coffee and welcome
11.30-13.00: Panel 1 – Creating spaces, connections and net… »
Remember, remember! The fifth of November Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason Why the gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot! Versions of this rhyme have been chanted in the UK for centuries…
By Stephen Vider
Can the home be queered, or has the home been queer all along? This was the question I posed earlier this month as the organizer of The Queerness of Home: Intimacy, Normativity, Domesticity. The symposium, hosted by the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities, brought together three scholars for a public panel and discussion: Deborah Cohen, Peter B. Ritzma Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at Northwestern University; Marlon M. Bailey, Associa… »
Directed by Preston Sturges. With Joel McCrea, Betty Field, Harry Carey, William Demarest. The biography of Dr. W. T. Morgan, a 19th century Boston dentist, during his quest to have anesthesia, in the form of ether, accepted by the public and the medical and dental establishment.
JF Ptak Science Books Post update
My friend Jeff Donlan sent along a suggestion for reading Michael Graziano’s Consciousness and the Social Brain–I don’t know anything about the book, but the title has done its job in provoking the imagination. What the title asks me (apart from whatever the book might be about) is this: how long have people thought about some aspect of a "social brain" and what has that looked like over the decades (or centuries)? "Social" and "brain", like society, or… »
While The History Manifesto is a welcome reminder of the duty of historians to speak beyond the academy – a duty that has in the past been too easily neglected – there is a risk that the approaches outlined by Guldi and Armitage risks underselling the contribution that historians can make. Others have written about…
Wellcome Collections exhibition on the history of forensics includes slides from Crippen case and a stabbed liver
Photographs showing the gradual decomposition of human bodies, a scene-of-the-crime sketch of one of Jack the Rippers murders and an hour-long sound recording of an autopsy will be among the more startling displays at an exhibition on the history of forensics, which the Wellcome Collection will show next spring.
The curator, Lucy Shanahan, expects visitors to respond much like th… »
The Geek Pound project first began when we started seeing museum curators, event organisers and marketers taking geek or science fiction fan audiences seriously.
The British Library led the way with their 2011 exhibition, OUT OF THIS WORLD: SCIENCE FICTION BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT and, of course, the more recent COMICS UNMASKED, which we covered on the Geek Pound here.
Tate Britain embraced its inner geek as part of its audience outreach for the JOHN MARTIN: APOCALYPSE exhibition, especially … »
It’s Panacea’s first blogiversary!
About almost 15 months ago, as I sat with my husband and our friends, I declared that I was going to start a history of medicine blog that was going to be awesome. I had no idea what I was going to write about, if I could write for a non-academic audience, or even what a blog platform was.
What I did have was a Word doc with a long list of potential blog names and Twitter handles. Honestly, they were all really bad.
Then one day, as if by magic,… »