Medicine and Health
The History of Medicine and Health Working Group meets monthly to discuss a colleague’s work in progress or to discuss readings that are of particular interest to participants. Meetings are usually held from 3:30 to 5:00 on third Fridays.
Scholars can participate online, or at the Consortium offices in Philadelphia, 431 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, or at the New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue (@ 103rd Street), New York, NY 10029.
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Paul Theerman is Associate Director of the Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health at the New York Academy of Medicine. He manages the Center’s collections and participates in programming and outreach efforts. Read more about his work here.
Nancy Tomes is Distinguished Professor of History at Stony Brook University. Her research interests include U.S. social and cultural history and the history of medicine, women, and gender. Read more about her work here.
Keith Andrew Wailoo is Townsend Martin Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University. His research and teaching interests include the history and cultural politics of disease; drugs and drug policy; race, science, and health; and health policy and medical affairs in the U.S. Read more about his research here.
January 27, 2017
- November 18, 2016
- Merlin Chowkwanyun, Donald H. Gamson Chair in the History and Ethics of Public Health in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health presented a paper, “Is Small Always Beautiful? Is Community Always Great? Re-thinking the Big, Bad Academic Medical Center (1960-1980)”
- Kimberly Phillips-Fein, Gallatin School, New York University provided a comment.
- April 15, 2016
- Dora Vargha (Birkbeck College, University of London, and 2015–2016 Consortium for HSTM Research Fellow) presented “After the End of Polio: Local and Global Consequences of Disease Elimination.” Daniel Wilson (Mulhenberg College) provided commentary to start the discussion.
- March 18, 2016
- Alex Mold (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Nancy Tomes (Stony Brook University) discussed their recently published books on patient consumerism in the UK (Making the Patient-Consumer, Manchester, 2015) and the US (Remaking the American Patient, UNC Press, 2016), and Roberta Bivins (University of Warwick) provided comments to start the discussion.
- February 19, 2016
- Wendy Kline (Purdue University) shared a chapter from her book-in-progress, Coming Home: Medicine, Midwives, and the Transformation of Birth in Late-Twentieth-Century America. Judith Walzer Leavitt (U. Madison at Wisconsin) and Barbara Katz Rothman (Baruch College/CUNY Graduate Center) provided commentary and the group discussed.
- December 18, 2015
- Heidi Knoblauch of Bard College joined the group to discuss her paper, “Collecting Patients: Clinical Photographs, Record Keeping, and Privacy in the United States, 1862-1939.”
- October 30, 2015
- Joseph Gabriel (University of Wisconsin) and Jeremy Greene (Johns Hopkins University) discussed each other’s books. The group read excerpts from Joe’s Medical Monopoly:Intellectual Property Rights and the Origins of the Modern Pharmaceutical Industry and Jeremy’s Generic: the Unbranding of Modern Medicine. Lawrence Glickman (Cornell University) gave comments, and then the group discussed.
- April 17, 2015
- A discussion between two authors who have recently written books about pain: Keith Wailoo, the author of Pain: A Political History, and Joanna Bourke, the author of The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers. Keith commented on Joanna’s book, Joanna on Keith’s, followed by questions and discussion from all seminar participants.
- March 20, 2015
- The group discussed a draft paper by Christopher Willoughby of Tulane University, entitled “Running Away from Drapetomania: Samuel Cartwright, Medicine, and Race in the Antebellum South.” Sharla Fett of Occidental College and Michael Sappol of the National Library of Medicine provided commentary to start the discussion.
- January 16, 2015
- James Colgrove of Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, Shobana Shankar of Stony Brook and David Barnes of UPenn discussed the Ebola epidemic in historical context.
- May 6, 2014
- Deanna Day of UPenn introduced her paper “‘As Modern As Tomorrow’: Toward a History of the Medicine Cabinet as Architectural Innovation and Ontological Category.”
- April 1, 2014
- Julia Mansfield of Stanford University and PACHS introduced her paper, “Restoring Civility to Commerce: Samuel Mitchill’s Response to Quarantine in the Napoleonic Age.”
- March 4, 2014
- Margaret Marsh of Rutgers University introduced her paper “The Road to IVF: From ‘Fatherless’ Sea Urchins to Human ‘Conception in a Watch Glass’”
- February 4, 2014
- Bridget Gurtler of Princeton University introduced her “Desiring Reproduction: Donor Insemination and the Eugenic Politics of Pleasure in Interwar America”
- December 3, 2013
- Johanna Schoen of Rutgers University introduced her paper “Constructing the Truth About Abortion: The Debate Surrounding intact D&E”
- November 5, 2013
- Meggie Crnic of the University of Pennsylvania introduced her “Nature’s Cure,”: The Seashore as Therapeutic Site, 1870-1930.
- October 1, 2013
- David Barnes of the University of Pennsylvania introduced his draft paper Cargo, “Infection,” and the Logic of Quarantine in the Nineteenth Century
- March 14, 2013
- Cheryl Logan introduced “Productive" Eugenics and the Double Gonad which is a chapter from her forthcoming book Hormones, Heredity and Race: Spectacular Failure in Interwar Vienna (Rutgers University Press).
- February, 14 2013
- Johanna Schoen introduced her draft chapter, Medicine at the Edges of Life: Abortion and Fetal Research
- December 13, 2012
- Emily Abel and Janet Golden introduced their paper “Modern Medical Science and the Divine Providence of God”: Rethinking The Place of Religion in Postwar United States Medical History.
- November 8, 2012
- Greg Eghigian of Penn State introduced a draft chapter, Civilizing Sexuality Under Socialism, from his book tentatively titled The Corrigible and the Incorrigible: Science, Medicine, and the Convict in Twentieth-Century Germany.
- October 11, 2012
- The Museum Factory: Charles H. Ward’s Anatomical Supply House by Erin Mcleary
- April 11, 2012
- Safe for Citizenship in the Motor City: Experiments in Seizure Containment at the White Special School, 1935-1956 by Rachel Elder, UPenn
- October 12, 2011
- Just a paradigm: evidence-based medicine in epistemological context by Miriam Solomon, Temple
- April 13, 2011
- Children at the Sea: The Seashore as Remedy for Urban Environments by Meggie Crnic, UPenn
- March 9, 2011
- A Startling New Chemotherapeutic Agent: Pediatrics, Infectious Disease and Baltimore’s Sydenham Hospital 1936-1949 by Cynthia Connolly (UPenn) and Janet Golden (Rutgers)