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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October 30, 2015
- 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)