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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, or at the New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue (@ 103rd Street), New York, NY 10029.

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Upcoming Meetings

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 will comment on Joanna’s book, Joanna on Keith’s, and then we will open the floor for questions from the seminar participants.



Past Meetings


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)

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