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Evolution and Ethics, Revisited – The New Atlantis

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.

histscimedtech 27 October 2014

@darwinsbulldog/HistSci Twitter’da

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.

histscimedtech 27 October 2014

Call for Papers: 2016 Theme Issue for History of Psychiatry | Asylum and Post-Asylum Spaces

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, […]

histscimedtech 27 October 2014

Free Access to Studies in History and Philosophy of Science C Special Section, “Psychical Research in the History of Science and Medicine” | Forbidden Histories

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…  »

histscimedtech 26 October 2014

Ebola: the race to find a vaccine | World news | The Observer

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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 Continue reading…

histscimedtech 26 October 2014

Dreaming of Health and Science in Africa: Aesthetics, Affects, Poetics and Politics | Anthropologies of African Biosciences

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…

histscimedtech 26 October 2014

Graphic: As Ebola’s Death Toll Rises, Remembering History’s Worst Epidemics

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:

histscimedtech 26 October 2014

Francis Bacon Reloaded | Forbidden Histories

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…

histscimedtech 26 October 2014

El Paso herald. (El Paso, Tex.) 1901-1931, May 12, 1916, HOME EDITION, Image 1 « Chronicling America « Library of Congress

El Paso herald. (El Paso, Tex.) 1901-1931, May 12, 1916, HOME EDITION, Image 1, brought to you by University of North Texas; Denton, TX, and the National Digital Newspaper Program.

histscimedtech 26 October 2014

Victor Jollos(1887-1941) | The Embryo Project Encyclopedia

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.

histscimedtech 25 October 2014

Wilhelm August Oscar Hertwig | The Embryo Project Encyclopedia

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.

histscimedtech 25 October 2014

The Voyage Of Charles Darwin: The Complete Series DVD: Amazon.co.uk: Malcolm Stoddard, Andrew Burt, David Ashton, George Cole, Iain Cuthbertson, Joseph Blatchley, Martyn Friend: DVD & Blu-ray

Amazon.co.uk – Buy The Voyage Of Charles Darwin: The Complete Series at a low price; free delivery on qualified orders. See reviews & details on a wide selection of Blu-ray & DVDs, both new & used.

histscimedtech 25 October 2014

Congrès annuel / 2015 Annual Conference — Canadian Society for the History of Medicine / Société Canadienne d’histoire de la médecine

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

histscimedtech 25 October 2014

Avoiding the trickcyclist and nutpicker: First World War home remedies and miracle cures | The Quack Doctor

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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.   … Continue reading

histscimedtech 25 October 2014

Medical training, student experience and the transmission of knowledge, c.1800-2014 | ClinicalCuriosities

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…  »

histscimedtech 25 October 2014

Commercial Visions: Science, Trade, and Visual Culture in the Dutch Golden Age: Dániel Margócsy: 9780226117744: Amazon.com: Books

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>

histscimedtech 25 October 2014

A Micromanipulator Menagerie – Thick Objects

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 …

histscimedtech 25 October 2014

New articles on the history of psychical research, temporarily for free download | Heterodoxology

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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 […]

histscimedtech 25 October 2014

The Bemidji daily pioneer. (Bemidji, Minn.) 1904-1971, November 27, 1920, Page 2, Image 2 « Chronicling America « Library of Congress

The Bemidji daily pioneer. (Bemidji, Minn.) 1904-1971, November 27, 1920, Page 2, Image 2, brought to you by Minnesota Historical Society; Saint Paul, MN, and the National Digital Newspaper Program.

histscimedtech 25 October 2014

Reading How-To Workshop | The Recipes Project

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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 →

histscimedtech 25 October 2014

“Seeing With a Better Eye” Through the MHL | Medical Heritage Library

medicalheritage.org - Daniel Goldberg
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…  »

histscimedtech 25 October 2014

Rheumatism, Joint Pain and Lady Bristol’s Swollen Feet | Early Modern Medicine

Dr Sara Read Before the seventeenth century, rheumatism tended to refer to a flow of rheum or humours. These were the sorts of humours thought to be emitted from a cold, for example, but also the o…

histscimedtech 25 October 2014

The British Journal of Medicine described the 1856…

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…  »

histscimedtech 25 October 2014

The Roslin Institute (1993- ) | The Embryo Project Encyclopedia

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.

histscimedtech 24 October 2014

Hiram Morgan | Facebook

Here is the launch video of University College Cork’s Vesalius conference and exhibition. It features me, Professor Vivian Nutton, the principal expert…

histscimedtech 24 October 2014

Notebook from Scott of the Antarctic’s ill-fated expedition discovered 100 years later frozen in ice – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A photographic notebook from Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition has been discovered after a century trapped in ice.

histscimedtech 24 October 2014

The Bloodless Boy: Amazon.co.uk: Robert J. Lloyd: Books

Buy The Bloodless Boy by Robert J. Lloyd (ISBN: 9781500550691) from Amazon’s Book Store. Free UK delivery on eligible orders.

histscimedtech 24 October 2014

Ebola Facts Are Scary Enough

nytimes.com - By MICHIKO KAKUTANI
David Quammen’s “Ebola: The Natural and Human History of a Deadly Virus” sets aside the hyperbole yet still unnerves.

histscimedtech 23 October 2014

24 Iconic Photos That Showcase the Medical Victories of World War II – TIME

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.

histscimedtech 23 October 2014

Ebola, Epidemics, and Nursing Care | Bates Center Blog

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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, […]

histscimedtech 23 October 2014

Two Title Pages from Valverde

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…  »

histscimedtech 23 October 2014

How To… Kill Animals Humanely | Circulating Now

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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…  »

histscimedtech 23 October 2014

To Russia, With Love—Vol. 2, No. 4—The Appendix

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The Soviet exhibit’s banner in Moscow read: “Ancient Humans: Production and Consumption Elevate Humans Above Other Animals.” Read more… Please consider subscribing to The Appendix. Your patronage supports our continued publication.

histscimedtech 22 October 2014

Culpeper Symposium: Visualizing the Body: the Convergence of Art, Cadaver, and Medical Knowledge | Health Sciences Libraries | University of Minnesota

The Health Sciences Libraries of the University of Minnesota are the primary health information resource for the students, staff, and faculty of the Academic Health Center.

histscimedtech 22 October 2014

Red Rover – The U. S. Navy’s First Hospital Ship : Dennis M. Davidson : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

A Research paper Submitted to The Head of the Department of English, History, and Government, United States Naval Academy by Dennis M. Davidson, Midshipman,…

histscimedtech 22 October 2014

Qatar Digital Library

Explore Qatar Digital Library’s free archive of Gulf history and Arabic Science: India Office Records, Oriental Manuscripts, maps, photographs, and Arab traditional music

histscimedtech 22 October 2014

Inoculating ‘The Speckled Monster’ | the generous georgian: dr richard mead

Textured watercolour illustration from a Japanese work on smallpox entitled Toshin seiyo [The essentials of smallpox], ca. 1720 © Wellcome Library, London The practice of inoculation had been common in China, India, and Turkey for hundreds of years but did not spread to Europe until the eighteenth century. In the case of smallpox, it involves infecting a patient with a tiny amount of fluid from a pustule by placing it in a small incision or puncture wound, usually on the upper arm. This then ho…  »

histscimedtech 22 October 2014

From Isaac Newton to the Genius Bar – Issue 18: Genius – Nautilus

Geniuses are a dying breed.And yet, they seem to be all around us. We live at a time when commentators speak without irony of “ordinary…

histscimedtech 22 October 2014

Raphael Scholl – Blog – There is no cow on the ice

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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  »

histscimedtech 22 October 2014

St. Mary’s Hospital in Kitchener celebrates 90 years – Kitchener-Waterloo – CBC News

With St. Mary’s General Hospital celebrating its 90th anniversary, CBC Kitchener-Waterloo partnered with St. Mary’s to put together this look at the hospital’s history.

histscimedtech 22 October 2014