You have to love a conference that includes a lecture on sex and silkworms, as well as scholarly presentations on shark tagging, lunar geology, Soviet reflexology, cotton-wool hearing aides, wave pools for surfers, 19th-century studies of monsters, the anatomy of the goat moth caterpillar, and how beer-making influenced German nationalism.
Four intensive days of such lectures, keynote addresses, and workshops marked the annual meeting, which ended Sunday, of the History of Science Society in Bo… »
The victim of the first big mistake I ever made was a gentleman to whom I had never been properly introduced (and whose name I still do not know) but who was possessed of three singular qualities: he was
The internet has been abuzz with the FDA’s decision to order the personalized genomics firm 23andMe to stop selling their DNA Analysis Service. You can get a good overview of the dispute between the company and the regulatory agency here. What I’d like to do here is to explore a fascinating epistemic question that lies at the heart of this kerfuffle. One thing that has made 23andMe such a high-profile company is its innovative business model. It can, and I believe should, be seen as a manif… »
John Michael Smith is one of those fleeting figures who cross history’s pages when they get into trouble and then disappear, leaving only a hint of a life where destitution is more prominent than criminality. At the age of 11 he lived in Lodge Lane, Derby, with his mother and siblings. His dad died in … Continue reading »
Material culture is crucial to understanding the history of science and technology, right?
It’s a lesson I’ve taught in many places over the years. One class project that I’ve enjoyed running with students from Manchester, Oxford, Harvard and here at UCL has been to ask them to come up with designs for an exhibition on modern science and technology.
I give them the dimensions of space and an unlimited budget (it is a fantasy, I know). They propose 10 objects, a design and rationale for both. Th… »
The Lost History of the New Madrid Earthquakes [Conevery Bolton Valencius] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. <DIV>From December 1811 to February 1812, massive earthquakes shook the middle Mississippi Valley, collapsing homes
By Elizabeth Reis We shouldn’t get too enthusiastic about Germany’s new birth certificate designation: “indeterminate.” Because the category will be an obligatory designation for babies born with ambiguous genitals (commonly known as intersex), the law might do more harm than good. Most infants are born with seemingly uncomplicated gender designations; we look at their genitals and decide their sex and their gender in an instant. Of course, not everyone grows up to agree with the gender they we… »
During the early 20th century the Medical Officers of Health (MOH) for the Metropolitan Borough of Finsbury made a concerted effort to reduce the risk of illness from contaminated ice cream. Dr George Newman was the MOH for the area and the author of the 1902 report which described the problem. Digitised versions of the London MOH reports are now available online and you can read the 1902 report for Finsbury online.
The MOH’s report is most concerned with the area inside the red triangle. This »
Robert J. Richards, Was Hitler a Darwinian?: Disputed Questions in the History of Evolutionary Theory (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013), 280 pp.
In tracing the history of Darwin’s accomplishment and the trajectory of evolutionary theory during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, most scholars agree that Darwin introduced blind mechanism into biology, thus banishing moral values from the understanding of nature. According to the standard interpretation, the principle of… »
Recently, I came across an eighteenth-century ‘cure’ for rabies in a Dutch medical handbook, consisting of onion boiled with salt and honey. As I had recently been vaccinated against rabies for a trip to Asia and had been lectured by the … Continue reading →
In a previous post, I wrote about Professor Robert Wallace, (1853 – 1939), who taught Scientific Agriculture and Rural Economy at the University of Edinburgh and how many of the glass slides in the Roslin Collection seem to belong to him. While many of these images focused on his teaching interests, there were quite a few on World War I concerns. Professor Wallace was passionately concerned about the treatment of war prisoners and hostages in Germany and Belgium during the war and wrote to the … »
the following post was written by Pamela Peacock, Museum Curator
The Museum of Health Care is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition, Vaccines and Immunization: Epidemics, Prevention, and Canadian Innovation. Developed with Guest Curator Dr. Christopher Rutty, and funded in part by the Kingston and United Way Community Fund, the Coalition of Canadian Healthcare Museums and Archives, and Sanofi Pasteur, the exhibit uses case studies of diseases that saw significant decreases in the »
The History of Medicine Collections<http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/history-of-medicine/index.html> in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library<http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/index.html> at Duke University are pleased to announce our new travel grant program.
The History of Medicine Collections offers research grants of up to $1,000 to researchers whose work would benefit from access to the historical medical collections at the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Our… »
The economics of science is a discipline with a long history, and yet one where there if often too little dialogue between its constituent parts. The articles in this issue’s focused discussion begin to address that problem by examining recent developments in science’s economic circumstances from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
Bristol Museums Galleries and Archives are planning some raining seminars about scientific instruments for non-specialists and we need your help to make sure that we hold them in the right place, for the right people and at the right time. Please help us by going to Surveymonkey and filling out a very short questionnaire – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q2HDH6Y.
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"The Pleasures and Dangers of Social Media" was a round table disucssion organized by Nathaniel Comfort (@nccomfort) that took place at the History of Science Society Meeting (@hssonline) in Boston on Saturday November 23rd, 2013.
People who aren’t deeply cognisant with the history of seventeenth century mathematics might be forgiven for thinking that Isaac Newton was the only significant English mathematician in this century of scientific change. This is far from the truth, a fairly large group of English mathematician, now largely under the radar, made significant contributions to the discipline throughout the century. Newton, personally, listed William Oughtred, Christopher Wren and John Wallis who was born on 23 Nove… »
As of this week, there are two wonderful exhibitions on anatomy on in the Netherlands. The first is The anatomy lesson at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, the second is Amazing Models in Museum Boerhaave in Leiden. Leiden and The Hague are only 11 minutes apart by train, so if you’d want to you could visit both within half a day. For those who do not have a chance to visit the exhibitions, or need persuasion, here is a quick review.
The anatomy lesson
In this exhibition, all known seventeenth-c… »
What is pain? This article argues that it is useful to think of pain as a or a way of being-in-the-world. Pain-events are unstable; they are historically constituted and reconstituted in relation to language systems, social and environmental interactions and bodily comportment. The historical question becomes: how has pain been done and what ideological work do acts of being-in-pain seek to achieve? By what mechanisms do these types of events change? Who decides the content of any particular, …
I’ve uploaded a version of my new talk “Towards a methodology for integrated history and philosophy of science” (with Tim Räz). If it seems rather programmatic, then that’s because it is intended that way.
The talk begins with a version of my “fundamental argument” for an integrated history and philosophy of science. It then proceeds to a discussion of how the methodological problems of the HPS project can be approached in practice.
Everywhere we turn it seems that biomedical science and biotechnology are making Promethean claims to explain, manipulate and transform our lives. Evolutionary theory offers to explain human origins. Genomics aims to define the similarities and differences between us. Genetic and stem-cell therapies promise to cure or prevent disease, and enhance bodies and brains. And the [...]
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The Mütter museum in Philadelphia wants you to adopt a skull. Among their strange and fascinating collection of medical artifacts and anatomical specimens is a collection of 139 skulls collected in the 1800s by Viennese anatomist Joseph Hyrtl, who was …
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Dear all, the second in this series of workshops devoted to global histories of science is due to take place on 30th November 2013. Registration will close on Monday 25th November so please do sign up if you would like to attend.
Exploring Traditions: Sources for a Global History of Science
30th November 2013, CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT.
Convenors: Sujit Sivasundaram (University of Cambridge) and Simon Schaffer (University of Cambridge)
Keynote speakers: … »
Established at the University of Cambridge in 2001, the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) works actively with the Schools and Faculties across the University undertaking collaborations that cross faculties and disciplines in order to stimulate fresh thinking and dialogue in and beyond the humanities and social sciences and to reach out to new collaborators and new publics.
By Kenneth M. Koyle and Jeffrey S. Reznick
President Kennedy, on June 19, 1963, speaking to members of the International Congress on Medical Librarianship on the south lawn of the White House. National Library of Medicine #b027381
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, an occasion to reflect on that tumultuous moment in history and on the legacy of America’s 35th president.
One chapter in Kennedy’s legacy involves the National Library of Medicine. During… »
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS POSTGRADUATE OPEN DAY Interested in postgraduate study in the School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science at the University of Leeds? Then why not come to the University Postgraduate Open Day that will be taking place on Friday 29 November 2013? * Find out about our MA courses and the PhD programme; * Meet current postgraduates, potential supervisors, and the postgraduate team; * Learn about the many funding opportunities in the school and the application proce… »
82nd & Fifth is the Met’s address in New York City. It is also the intersection of art and ideas. We’ve invited curators from across the Museum to talk about works of art that changed the way they see the world: one work, one curator, two minutes at a time.
The first comprehensive history of lung cancer from around 1800 to the present day; a story of doctors and patients, hopes and fears, expectations and frustrations. Where most histories of medicine focus on progress, Timmermann asks what happens when medical progress does not seem to make much difference.
Amongst a collection of medical oddities housed at the Surgeons’ Hall Museum in Edinburgh lies a tattered pocketbook [left], no longer than the length of a man’s hand. It is dark brown—nearly black—with a pebbled texture and gold lettering that has begun to fade with age. To the untrained eye, it is altogether unremarkable in…
The Wellcome Unit’s Writer-in-Residence, Conrad Keating, will be delivering a lecture to accompany the new Bodleian Libraries Exhibition, Great Medical Discoveries – 800 Years of Oxford Innovation. The Exhibition runs from 22nd November 2013 to 18th May 2014.
Conrad will be delivering his lecture, entitled Oxford Medical Firsts – Celebrating 800 Years of Oxford Medicine on two separate dates. You can hear it in the Bodleian Convocation House on Wednesday 27th November, at 1pm, then again at the »
A medical manuscript of the 14th c (Urbinas gr. 67)
For the general public, the idea of medieval manuscripts may raise the image of beautifully calligraphed, usually ornate, old parchment books with heavy (even jewel-incrusted at times) bindings. The many Twitter accounts run by medievalists posting daily several wonderful pictures of illuminations and marginal drawings and paintings can only support such a common view. At a recent (and remarkable) exhibition in Durham devoted to the Lindisfarne »