Register Now! Emerging Infections Then & Now

By , September 8, 2018

In partnership with the Harvard Global Health Initiative and Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine the Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, is pleased to announce the upcoming event

Emerging Infections Then & Now:
From the Influenza Pandemic to the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Lahey Room, Countway Library of Medicine, 10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115

Registration is required.
Visit https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6KXIVkKTGWlsLZ3 to register.

PROGRAM

6:30pm – 6:45pm – Welcoming Remarks
Scott Podolsky, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine; Director, Center for the History of Medicine at Countway Library of Medicine

Daniel LuceySenior Scholar, O’Neill Institute; Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Law, Georgetown University; Anthropology Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History


6:45pm – 8:15pm – Public Discussion – Emerging Infections Then & Now
Michele Barry, Professor of Medicine; Senior Associate Dean of Global Health; Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health, Stanford University

Ramanan Laxminarayan, Founder & Director, Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP); Senior Research Scholar & Lecturer, Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University; Affiliate Professor, University of Washington; Visiting Professor, University of Kwazulu Natal

Eugene RichardsonAssistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Associate Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Moderator: Scott Podolsky, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine; Director, Center for the History of Medicine at Countway Library of Medicine


8:15pm – 8:20pm – Closing Remarks
Scott Podolsky, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine; Director, Center for the History of Medicine at Countway Library of Medicine


8:20pm – 9:00pm – Exhibition Viewing

Selected items from Center for the History of Medicine historical collections related to the 1918 Influenza Pandemic will be on display

 

 

Registration open for History, Uses, and Future of the Nobel Prize symposium

By , September 7, 2018

The Center for the History of Medicine is excited to announce the forthcoming symposium, The History, Uses, and Future of the Nobel Prize, to be held at Harvard Medical School (HMS) on October 4, 2018 in the Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall, Harvard Medical School.

Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Sweden, Heinrich-Heine University, the HMS Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, the HMS Ackerman Program on Medicine & Culture, and the Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, the program will bring together historians and Nobel laureates to consider the history of the Nobel Prize and its enduring social, political, and scientific roles. The event will feature three panels: “Scientific Credit and the History of the Nobel Prize,” “The Nobel – and Ig Nobel – Prize in Practice, and The Uses and Future of the Nobel Prize.” A complete list of speakers is available on the symposium’s Countway’s events calendar page.

The symposium was organized by Nils Hansson (Heinrich Heine-University), David S. Jones (Harvard Medical School and Harvard University), and Scott H. Podolsky (Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for the History of Medicine).

Registration is required. Please visit https://libcal.library.harvard.edu/event/4583053 to register.

Center Acquires Records on the History of Computing at Harvard Chan

By , September 13, 2018

Pictured in Cambridge in 2004: Taso Markatos, then the Assistant Dean for Information Technology at Harvard School of Public Health. Staff Photo Justin Ide/Harvard University News Office

The Center for the History of Medicine recently acquired an archival collection from the Department of Information Technology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Specifically, the collection is comprised of executive administrative records from the office of Taso Markatos, former Chief for Information Technology at Harvard Chan, who retired in June 2018. Markatos led the department for 27 years, giving him the distinction of being the longest-running head of any school’s IT department at the University.

The executive administrative files of the Harvard Chan IT department reflect the span of Markatos’ tenure at the school, and date back to the earliest days of computing on the Longwood campus. They provide a unique history of computing and technology trends, service consolidation, system replacements, and rational. This collection also details Markatos’ involvement with various university-level committees, including the CIO Council, the Longwood Medical Area network executive committee, Harvard Green IT working group, Harvard Administrative Innovation Group, & etc.

Although currently closed to research, once opened these records will allow for an excellent case study on the evolution of information technology and management at Harvard. For more information about the collection, contact Public Services at chm@hms.harvard.edu.

Announcing the 2018-2019 Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation Fellow

By , September 8, 2018

The Archives for Women in Medicine and Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation are pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Fellow: Carla Bittel, Ph.D.

Carla Bittel, Ph.D. 2018-2019 Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation Fellow

Carla Bittel is Associate Professor of History at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She is a historian of nineteenth-century America, specializing in the history of medicine, science, and technology. Her research focuses on gender issues and she has written on the history of women’s health, women physicians, and the role of science in medicine. Bittel is the author of Mary Putnam Jacobi and the Politics of Medicine in Nineteenth-Century America, published with the University of North Carolina Press in 2009. She has published in the journals Centaurus and Bulletin of the History of Medicine, and contributed to the edited volume, Women Physicians and the Cultures of Medicine. Her research has been supported by several grants, including a Scholar’s Award from the National Science Foundation. She is also a co-organizer of the Working Group, “Working with Paper: Gendered Practices in the History of Knowledge,” at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Her current work examines the politics of gender and phrenology


The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation Fellowship is offered in partnership with the Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation (formerly the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine). Information regarding the Fellowship program is available at http://www.wimlf.org/fellowships and https://www.countway.harvard.edu/chom/archives-women-medicine-fellowships.

The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation was founded with the strong belief that understanding our history plays a powerful role in shaping our future. The resolute stand women took to establish their place in these fields propels our vision forward. We serve as stewards to the stories from the past, and take pride in sharing them with the women of today. Our mission is to preserve and promote the history of women in medicine and the medical sciences, and we look forward to connecting you to our collective legacy that will empower our future.

A program of the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, the Archives for Women in Medicine actively acquires, preserves, promotes, and provides access to the professional and personal records of outstanding women leaders in medicine and the medical sciences.

Harvard School of Public Health Yearbooks Digitized

By , August 28, 2018

The Center for the History of Medicine, in collaboration with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Alumni Association, recently digitized the school’s yearbook collection, spanning most years between 1952-1971. This digital collection represents all of the copies currently held by the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard University.

The digital copies are hosted on Internet Archive, and are discoverable in HOLLIS as well as the Alumni Association’s website.

Other digitized publiations, including a relatively complete collection of course catalogs dating back to the School’s founding in 1913, are listed on a History of Public Health at Harvard LibGuide, created and maintained by the Center.

Manfred S. Guttmacher Papers Open to Research

The Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to announce that the Manfred S. Guttmacher papers, 1928-1964 (inclusive), are open to research.

Manfred Guttmacher was born May 19, 1898, along with his twin brother Alan Guttmacher (1898-1974) in Baltimore, Maryland, to Adolph and Laura (Oppenheimer) Guttmacher. Manfred graduated from Student Park School in Baltimore in 1915. Both Alan and Manfred received their advanced degrees from Johns Hopkins University; Manfred received his B.A. in 1919 and his M.D. in 1923. Manfred held internships at the Johns Hopkins Hospital (1924-1925) and Boston Psychopathic Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (1927-1928).

Guttmacher specialized in criminal psychiatry, including patient care, and engaged in extensive writing and lecturing on crime and mental illness. His career included work on the definitions of insanity and the psychological requirements for responsibility for crime. He was also interested in the development of a revised penal code to replace state codes which were often inconsistent. He was involved in the development of the American Law Institute’s Model Penal Code during the 1950s. This project, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, sought to establish a comprehensive penal code that could be applied across the United States. Guttmacher was an advocate of the court-appointed expert and the establishment of psychiatric clinics associated with the courts.

Guttmacher was a prolific author, publishing numerous articles and books on criminal psychiatry and psychiatry and the law. Titles include The Mind of the murderer (1960), Sex offenses (1952) and Psychiatry and the law (1952), the last two co-written with Henry Weihofen (1904-1993) who also worked on the Model Penal Code project. Guttmacher was also the author of numerous articles in medical and lay journals. The papers reflect Guttmacher’s personal and professional activities and include correspondence, writings and publications, lectures and speeches, and professional activities records.

 

Center Staff Honored by Harvard Medical School

By , July 10, 2018

It is with great pride that two Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library staff have been recognized by the Harvard Medical School community for their hard work during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Joan Ilacqua (left) and Libby Bouvier, one of the co-founders of The History Project

Joan Ilacqua, Project Archivist, Archives for Women and Medicine, has received the Harvard Medical School 2018 Dean’s Community Service Staff Award for her work with “The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston.” The award recognizes individuals whose dedication and commitment to community service have made an outstanding positive impact on the local and/or global community.

Dominic Hall accepting the Dean’s Leadership Award at the HMS Town Hall meeting on June 11

Dominic Hall, Curator, Warren Anatomical Museum, has received the 2018 Joseph B. Martin Dean’s Leadership Award for the Advancement of Women Staff.  Initiated in 1988, the yearly award recognizes a Harvard staff member who is committed to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. The award process is organized and coordinated by the Joint Committee on the Status of Women (JCSW) at HMS and HSDM.

The Center is grateful for their efforts, which support Medical Schoool’s commitment to convening and nurturing a diverse community of individuals dedicated to promoting excellence and leadership in medicine and science through education, research, clinical care and service.

Center Receives S.T. Lee Innovation Grant

By , July 10, 2018

The Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to announce that it has received S.T. Lee Innovation Grant funding for its 2018 proposal, “Beyond the Beyond Box.” The application was one of nineteen proposals to bring together Harvard faculty members and library staff; of the nineteen, only six projects were funded. Dominic Hall, Curator, Warren Anatomical Museum, will be spearheading the initiative in partnership with Professor Anne Harrington, Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science.

Plaster head cast made of Phineas Gage by Henry Jacob Bigelow at Harvard Medical School in 1850 to substantiate the specifics of Gage’s neurotrauma

“Beyond the Bone Box” was inspired by Harvard Medical School’s retired bone box program, which enabled medical students to borrow sets of human bones for home study, and developed in partnership with Harvard faculty, curators, archivists, and librarians, this project will develop three circulating resources that contain 3D-printed copies of Warren Anatomical Museum specimens highly contextualized by surrogates of special collections materials. Through this project, the Center seeks to democratize access to unique and sensitive collections through quality fungible surrogates and engender new forms of engagement with Harvard’s special collections across its library system.

The first circulating resource will be a teaching kit built around the case of Phineas Gage, the 19th century railroad foreman whose prefrontal cortex injury has been used to academically and popularly illustrate post-traumatic social disinhibition for the last 150 years.

Project work will begin in September. For the complete list of Lee Innovation Grant award recipients, click here.

Boston Medical Library Bookplates

The Boston Medical Library, founded in 1805, includes over 400,000 volumes, many with bookplates or ex libris: small graphic elements used by owners — individuals and societies — to claim volumes.

BML librarians also collected bookplates independent from books, creating a small collection which was recently processed by Center staff. The bookplates are from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries and include plates from organizations as well as from individuals. This gallery is only a small selection of plates that reflects the range of styles present in the collection.

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