Society for the Social History of Medicine 2014 Conference: Disease, Health, and the State 10-12 July 2014 Oxford, UK The Centre for Health, Medicine and Society: Past and Present, Oxford Brookes University and the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford www.sshm2014.org
A reminder that the deadline for paper, panel, and poster proposals is 1 January 2014.
The Society for the Social History of Medicine hosts a major, biennial, international, and interdisciplinary conf… »
Digitised Diseases site makes 1,600 specimens available for doctors and members of the public to study for free
The bones of a young woman who died of syphilis more than 500 years ago, the reassembled jaw of a man whose corpse was sold to surgeons at the London hospital in the 19th century and the contorted bone of an 18th-century man who lived for many years after he was shot through the leg, are among the remains of hundreds of individuals which can now be studied in forensic detail on a new … »
Great Smog of 1952, London, England
Image part of the Getty Collection
The Great Smog, began on December 5, 1952, in London, England and lasted 4-5 days. It was one of London’s most severe, if not the worst, air-pollution events. The city was very familiar with smog and therefore it wasn’t seen as a concern in the first few days of the smog. The last major smog event, prior to this, was in December 1873 and saw the death rate increase by 40%.
Medical reports in the weeks following the event »
The roots of ichnology lies between Art and Science. During the Renaissance, the study of Ichnology starts as an aesthetic appreciation of the traces. This can be found in the work of Leonardo, Aldrovandi, Gesner and Bauhin. In 1837, Edward Hitchcock published “The Sandstone Bird", probably the first ichnological poem and in 1880, Irish geologist and…
Just a note of introduction to those who have not yet accessed the Wellcome Witnesses to Twentieth Century Medicine. Co-ordinated through Queen Mary’s The History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group, the Wellcome Witnesses aim “to develop and strengthen links between members of the biomedical research community and medical historians, and to promote and facilitate the study of the history of twentieth-century medicine and medical science by encouraging the creation and deposit of material sour… »
There is much to take in on Darwin – a constant barage of books, journal articles, magazine features, blog posts, podcasts, videos on YouTube, etc. It can be a daunting task to keep up with it all and stay current with what historians and writers are discussing about Darwin: his life, his scientific work, and his legacy which permeates many fields beyond those sciences in which he worked. Sometimes new work takes an unexplored avenue, other times rehashing worn territory. A new book by biologist »
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Electric worlds: creations, circulations, tensions, and transitions,
from the 19th to the 21st centuries
18-19 December 2014
Call for Papers
This conference builds on recent developments in transnational, global, and imperial histories to explore new approaches to the history of energy and electricity. It will examine the worlds of electricity along four axes:
1. Creations: the dynamics of innovation that shape electric systems and cultures in different contexts; comparisons and c… »
I recently watched an episode of Dr Oz in which he pontificated about the colour of some unfortunate woman’s urine in front of millions of viewers. She offered up a cup of what looked like diluted molasses to the good doctor for judgement. ‘Dehydration,’ Dr Oz decreed. ‘More water!’ (As if she didn’t have a…
For full details and to apply, see http://altpsychiatricnarratives.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/
This conference will take place on the afternoon of Friday 16 May, and all day on Saturday 17 May 2014, at Birkbeck College, London
Chair: Professor Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck
In recent years, historians of psychiatry have heeded Roy Porter’s call to produce psychiatric histories from the patient’s point of view. Studies have moved on from focusing on medical discourse to investigating the diversity … »
For some time I have been interested in Richard Waller (d. 1715), a fellow of the Royal Society who served as Secretary and also as Vice-President under Newton’s presidency. He was an accomplished draughtsman – his botanical drawings can be … Continue reading →
"Die, Selfish Gene, Die."
That’s the title of a controversial new article by David Dobbs. In it, he argues that the "selfish gene" (coined by Richard Dawkins in 1976) represents an outdated gene-centric approach to evolution. Instead, he says we need to focus on things like gene expression and genetic accommodation — things the "selfish gene" covers up and under-emphasizes.
Dobbs has been criticized for his biology (e.g. here and here and especially here), and he’s responded in an interesti… »
By Gabriel Finkelstein
My book (link)
Gabriel in the archives.
At the most general level my book concerns the intersection of neuroscience, politics, and identity. It does this by analyzing the career of Emil du Bois-Reymond (1818-1896), a physiologist best remembered for his profound and controversial essays and for his mechanistic view of life. Du Bois-Reymond wanted to eliminate all reference to vital forces in biology; to this end he virtually created the modern dis… »
The next statement in this post could well loose me several of my British readers I’m not a big fan of The Infinite Monkey Cage, BBC Radio 4’s comedy science programme. I don’t particularly like the puerile schoolboy humour favoured by the hosts. I was not partial to it when I was a puerile schoolboy and have grown less fond of it over the years. However on Monday I had some time to kill before going out for the evening and didn’t feel like reading, so I thought I would listen to the latest epi… »
We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Social History Curators Group Annual Conference will be held in Scotland on 26 and 27 June 2014 at the Riverside Museum, Glasgow and the National Mining Museum, Scotland in Newtongrange. This year’s theme is ‘Deep Impact: demonstrating the value of social history collections’. Please find the call for papers attached. Please email expressions of interest and proposals to Jude Holland and Ciara Canning by Friday 24 January 2014 to judithh@ssgreatbritai… »
An example of the historical continuity of scientific interest in unorthodox questions concerns ‘poltergeist’ phenomena, i.e. the very epitome of ‘things that go bump in the night’.
Probably coined by Martin Luther (a professed poltergeist victim) in sixteenth-century Germany, ‘Poltergeist’ means ‘rumbling spirit’. There is a vast number of historical records of dramatic poltergeist outbreaks afflicting people from all walks of life, not infrequently resulting in interventions by state authorit… »
The prevalence of eye diseases in the Islamic lands resulted in a particular interest in the skilful diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases.
The post Early Islam’s Contribution to Western Opthalmology appeared first on Medievalists.net.
The BSHS Annual Conference will take place from Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 July 2014 at the University of St Andrews.
The Programme Committee now invites proposals for individual papers and for sessions from historians of science, technology and medicine, and from their colleagues in the wider scholarly community, on any theme, topic or period. Proposals are welcomed from researchers of all nationalities at all stages of their careers. Participation is in no way limited to members of the Society, a… »
By Felicity Roberts At the British Museum, near the centre of the Enlightenment Gallery in wall press 156, there is a portrait in oils of a woman with what appear to be horn-like growths coming from the side of her head. The woman has an arresting, impassive facial expression. She wears no cap, so her […]
.ADvent Calendar Day 3 .The three female figures in Figuroids’ publicity were designed to illustrate the product’s promise: ‘If you are like the STOUT girl—you will become like the MEDIUM girl—and finally like the DAINTY girl—by taking Figuroids.’ . Launched in the UK in 1907 by Canadian doctor George Dixon, Figuroids used a veneer of … Continue reading »
The medieval period might be unique in that it is perhaps the only time when you can read the same author in one work condemning the use of birth control and in another giving directions on how to use it.
The post Birth Control and Abortion in the Middle Ages appeared first on Medievalists.net.
The profound impact of human activity has motivated a concept that has been slowly emerging in science: human activities are a significant geological force. In 1873, Antonio Stoppani, an Italian Catholic priest and geologist, coined the "Anthropozoic era" to identify the increasing power and impact of humanity on the Earth’s systems. Few years later, Joseph LeConte in…
Dec 10th Water, Waste, Disease and the Arts University of Exeter, Peter Chalk Centre Time: 6pm-8.30pm Dr Andy Brown and Dr Corinna Wagner, (Dept. of English), will be joined by acclaimed poet Paul Farley, (Edgelands; The ice Age), Professor Michael Depledge, (Chair of the Board of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health), and Tom Chivers, (poet in residence for Cape Farewell’s ADRIFT project), exploring the relationships between water, waste and disease. The evening will begin wi… »
The Health and Welfare of Seafarers: Past, Present and Prospects Maritime Historical Studies Centre, University of Hull, UK: 30 January-1 February 2014 The programme and registration details for this international three-day conference are now available at http://seafarers2014.wordpress.com/ Any queries should be addressed to Dr Richard Gorski (email@example.com). Final Call for Postgraduate Posters If you are a postgraduate student working in the fields of health or welfare of those who … »
NEW BOOK On Psychiatry and Colonialism in India *Colonialism and Transnational Psychiatry* *The Development of an Indian Mental Hospital in British India, c. 1925–1940* By: Waltraud Ernst *The first detailed and comprehensive historical assessment of South Asian psychiatry in the twentieth century, breaking new ground on questions of globalisation and medicine in colonial India.* http://www.anthempress.com/colonialism-and-transnational-psychiatry This is the first comprehensive case… »
If you ever find yourself in a pub with me, chances are that at some point, the conversation will turn to death. Not just death, but the terrifying and horrible ways people have succumbed to it in the past. I have often heard a story retold about a man who attended the execution of his…
The Department of History at Purdue University seeks nominations and applications for the Endowed Chair – History of Medicine. Scholars at the rank of full professor with a strong publication record and research agenda as well as exemplary teaching experience are encouraged to apply. The area of specialization and time period are open. The successful […]
Last week, the FDA sent a letter to Ann Wojcicki — the CEO of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing company 23andMe — ordering them to stop marketing their Personal Genome Service (PGS), which the FDA defines as a "medical device" subject to specific forms of regulation.
According to Forbes, Wojcicki and her company have flouted regulatory red-tape despite both efforts by the FDA to work with them and 23andMe’s own statement that their "relationship with the FDA remains critically import… »
A major oral history project to gather the life stories of British scientists has culminated today in the launch of a new online archive by the British Library. Voices of Science is drawn from a National Life Stories programme ‘An Oral History of British Science’, and features interviews with 100 leading UK scientists and engineers, telling the stories of some of the most remarkable scientific and engineering discoveries of the past century as well as the personal stories of each individual.
Mike Rugnetta over at the PBS Idea Channel has an interesting video about how popular history is made. Specifically, our popular understanding of the late inventor (and internet folk hero) Nikola Tesla. He argues that there are essentially two Teslas: The historical Tesla who did things like promote eugenics, and had very human imperfections, and the mythologized Tesla that so many well-intentioned people have idolized in recent years.
Yesterday I and seemingly everyone else interested in genomes posted about the FDA letter ordering the genome diagnostics company 23andMe to stop marketing their saliva test. FDA treats the test as a “medical device, because “it is intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or […]
The anonymously authored Aristotle’s Book of Problems (1710) presented its readers with a series of questions and answers about the body and the natural world.1Some of these questions are very familiar, ’why have some men curled hair, and some smooth?’, others are perhaps less familiar ’why have men more teeth than women?’ why are ’Eunuchs for the most part bandy-leg’d’ and why do the ’Privities…
Passions and Subjectivity in Early Modern Culture [Brian Cummings, Freya Sierhuis] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Bringing together scholars from literature and the history of ideas, Passions and Subjectivity in Early Modern Culture explores new ways of negotiating the boundaries between cognitive and bodily models of emotion
The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester offers two bursaries (small grants) of Ł5000 each towards tuition for its MSc (taught Master’s) programmes, including study in the medical humanities and science communication. The awards are aimed at highly motivated students seeking to proceed to PhD study at CHSTM. The scheme is open to all suitably qualified UK and international candidates, and offered for either full-time or part-time study star… »
Yesterday on my twitter stream people were retweeting the following quote:
“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.” —Bernard Baruch
For those who don’t know, Bernard Baruch was an American financier and presidential advisor. I can only assume that those who retweeted it did so because they believe that it is in some way significant. As a historian of science I find it is significant because it is fundamentally wrong in two different ways and because it perpetuates a false understand… »
Paris, 26 November 2013
This morning I decided to find Montmor’s house. Henri-Louis Habert de Montmor (1603-1679) was the Master of Requests for Louis XIII and XIV, and ran a much-fabled scientific salon from his home in the 1650s and 60s. His hôtel still stands at the edge of the Marais at 79 rue du Temple. In Montmor’s time, the street was known as rue Sainte-Avoye. In the astoundingly detailed 1739 Turgot map of Paris, it is still rue Sainte-Avoye, and the manicured gardens of the five h… »
The November 30th deadline is approaching so this is a gently reminder for you to submit your abstracts for the STGlobal Consortium’s 14th Science & Technology in Society Conference taking place in Washington, DC on April 4 – 5, 2014. Please circulate this call among the community of graduate students.
For further information and to apply, see www.stglobal.org /