The temptation to draw moral lessons from biology is strong today — but it is hardly new. As the historian Gertrude Himmelfarb explains, the nineteenth-century scientist known as “Darwin’s bulldog” argued against those who wanted to apply evolutionary science to mankind.
Arkadaşlarınla ve diğer etkileyici kişiler ile iletişim kur. İlgini çeken konulardaki güncellemelerden anında haberdar ol. Ve öne çıkan olayları gelişmeleriyle birlikte, gerçek zamanlı olarak ve her yönüyle izle.
New and emerging research on the history and geography of Scottish ‘madness’, asylums and psychiatry Guest Editors: Jonathan Andrews (School of History, Classics and Archaeology, Newcastle University) and Chris Philo (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow) Rationale Notwithstanding notable contributions from scholars such as Jonathan Andrews, Mike Barfoot, Alan Beveridge, Gayle Davies, Rab Houston, […]
I’m delighted to announce that the special section on psychical research, which I had the pleasure of guest-editing for Studies in History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences, is now available in its final version for download on the journal website. I’m particularly pleased there is free access to each article till 7th December 2014. To read and download the papers free of charge, please use the individual links provided below; otherwise articles will be behind the usual p… »
Researchers in Canada, Britain, the US and Mali are testing drugs they hope will stop the humanitarian disaster unfolding in west Africa and prevent Ebola becoming as prolific as HIV
Ebola vaccine: diary of a guinea pig
Graphic Ebola: the search for a vaccine
A conference to be held at Hinxton Hall, Wellcome Trust Conference Center, UK June 13th to 15th 2015 Abstracts due 30th Nov 2014 Poster (pdf) Call for papers (pdf) This conference seeks to open a conversation on forms of possibility and violence that are enabled and take effect through dreams of health and science in…
Pandemics have stalked humanity throughout history, killing millions. Ebola’s deadly spread has garnered headlines, spurred by memories of widespread epidemics that have caused devastation in the past:
Three days ago we celebrated the birthday of Francis Bacon (1561-1626), who is commonly considered as a pioneer of modern inductive science. Here are a few quotes from his writings which may have a strange ring to modern ears – particularly to those accustomed to the popular myth of Bacon as a precursor of secularism…
Victor Jollos studied fruit flies and microorganisms in Europe and the US, and he introduced the concept of Dauermodifikationen in the early 1900s. The concept of Dauermodifikationen refers to environmentally-induced traits that are heritable for only a limited number of generations. Some scientists interpreted the results of Jollos’s work on Paramecium and Drosophila as evidence for cytoplasmic inheritance.
Wilhelm August Oscar Hertwig contributed to embryology through his studies of cells in development and his discovery that only one spermatozoon is necessary to fertilize an egg. He was born 21 April 1849 to Elise Trapp and Carl Hertwig in Hessen, Germany. After his brother Richard was born the family moved to Muhlhausen in Thuringen where the boys were educated.
Appel à communications – Call for papers La Société canadienne d’histoire de la médecine et l’Association canadienne pour l’histoire du nursing lancent un appel à communications à l’occasion de leur congrès annuel, qui se tiendra dans le cadre du Congrès
I’m delighted to welcome author Suzie Grogan to The Quack Doctor. Suzie’s latest book, Shell Shocked Britain: The First World War’s Legacy for Britain’s Mental Health was published in October 2014. In this guest post, she explores some of the commercial remedies that claimed to tackle the psychological effects of war. …
Last weekend I attended the conference, ‘Medical training, student experience and the transmission of knowledge, c.1800-2014′ (or #MTSE14 if you want to look over our live tweets), at University College Dublin.* Needless to say its focus, and the discussion generated from its wide-ranging collection of papers, was excellent and very much overdue.
Despite an ever-growing interest in the history of medicine, the subject of medical education and student experience continues to be overlooked (the l… »
Commercial Visions: Science, Trade, and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age [Dániel Margócsy] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. <div>Entrepreneurial science is not new; business interests have strongly influenced science since the Scientific Revolution. In <I>Commercial Visions</I>
The challenge of manipulating microscopic objects has given rise to various clever and intricate mechanisms each with its own advantages and peculiarities. It is possible to get a reasonably complete picture of the technology of micromanipulation because it has been used in a fairly narrow range of scientific settings. Such an overview lets us observe the evolution of …
Historian of science Andreas Sommer, who blogs at Forbidden Histories, just announced the publication of a special section on the history of psychical research and parapsychology, published in the Elsevier journal Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Usually, articles in this journal would be unavailable to most people, but this time […]
Simone Zweifel, Tillmann Taape “Reading How-To. The Uses and Users of Artisanal Recipes” took place at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin on 19 and 20 September 2014. Organised by, Sven Dupré, Elaine Leong and … Continue reading →
The MHL was kind enough to extend an invitation to guest-post regarding my usage of the MHL in the preparation of The Second Book. In this post, then, I will try to describe The Second Book as best I can, so as to frame the significance of the MHL’s holdings and resources for my work, as well as to describe specifically how I use the MHL in my daily research. Okay, sometimes the research is more like “weekly” or even “biweekly” than daily. . .
The Second Book has a working title of “Truth, Obje… »
The British Journal of Medicine described the 1856 edition (ours is from 1859) of this work as follows: “This is a pretty little book, containing all that it is needful for the amateur doctor to know concerning the external use of arnica, calendula, cantharides, ledum, ruta and rhus toxicodendhron. It is illustrated with very pretty coloured representations of the plants above named, which however, as Mr. Primrose’s critic would have said, ‘might have been better if the artist had taken more p… »
The Roslin Institute was established in 1993 in the village of Roslin, Scotland, as an independent research center by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), and as of 2014 is part of the University of Edinburgh in Edinburgh, Scotland. Researchers at the Roslin Institute cloned the Dolly the sheep in 1996.
In January 1945, LIFE magazine published a groundbreaking story, featuring dozens of photographs by Ralph Morse, chronicling the journey of a badly wounded American medic named George Lott from a battlefield in northeastern France to a veterans’ hospital in the States.
By Connie Ulrich, PhD, RN and Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN The World Health Organization has now estimated that 5,000 to 10,000 new cases of Ebola a week are projected within two months if more is not done to combat this emerging crisis. Two health care workers have now been diagnosed in the United States, […]
One of the nice things about having multiple editions of a work is that you can see how they differ from one another. Take a look at the title page for a 1560 edition of Juan Valverde de Amusco’s Anatomia del corpo humano printed in Rome.
This has a lot of features that we’d expect to see on an anatomical title page from this time period. You can see a public anatomy lesson at the very bottom, and the pig and monkey on the top refer to the fact that these animals were often used in anatomic… »
By Michael Sappol
Is empathy innate? Are we all born with the ability to identify with the emotions of others, to feel someone else’s pain? Today’s media is chock full of stories about experiments in neuroscience and child psychology that seem to show that the emergence and growth of the ability to empathize is a natural part of human psychological development, present even in toddlers.
Yet human beings periodically commit terrible acts of cruelty and violence, and are often indifferent to suff… »
The Soviet exhibit’s banner in Moscow read: “Ancient Humans: Production and Consumption Elevate Humans Above Other Animals.”
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Here at the Center for Philosophy of Science we are gently encouraged to express what we are thinking about on glassboards outside our offices. I think this is 1) a terrific idea and 2) not entirely unlike an accidentally acquired Tumblr that you have to keep feeding. My glassboard has been a bit stale for the past month, and so others have risen to the challenge of updating it:
I still don’t get the hammer joke (I’m sorry, it just doesn’t hit the nail on the head). But ingen ko på isen — this »