Category: Past Events

February 24 & 26: Reconstructing Medieval Medical Libraries: Between the Codex and the Computer

By , February 4, 2015

The Harvard University Committee on Medieval Studies and the Houghton Library, together with the Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library, an alliance between the Boston Medical Library and the Harvard Medical Library, proudly present the 2015 Houghton-Medieval Studies Lecture on Early Book History:

 

Reconstructing Medieval Medical Libraries:
Between the Codex and the Computer

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A lecture and workshops to be held at Houghton Library and Countway Library, Harvard University, 24-26 February 2015

 

Monica H. GreenProfessor of History at Arizona State University

Of all the material objects that contributed to the world of medicine and medical care in the Middle Ages, those surviving in largest quantities today are the books that embodied medical knowledge. But even these are orphans, bereft of the contexts in which they circulated alongside other books.

In these presentations, we will reconstruct the intellectual worlds of three European physicians between the 12th and 15th centuries. By placing physical books in Harvard’s collections alongside their digital avatars held at other libraries around the world, we can begin to see how the intellectual cultures of medicine in medieval Europe expanded and interconnected, moving across boundaries of time, language, and religious culture.

 

Lecture

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
5:30 PM

Edison and Newman Room
Houghton Library

Harvard Yard, Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138

This event is free and open to the public.

 

Workshops

Thursday, February 26, 2015
10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:00

Lahey Room, fifth floor
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck Street, Boston MA 02115

Space is limited. To register, email Monique Duhaime at Houghton Library.

 

For more information on the lecture or workshops, please contact Sean Gilsdorf (gilsdorf@fas.harvard.edu; 617-496-5857), or visit the Medieval Studies website: http://medieval.fas.harvard.edu

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Video Now Online: “Anatomy and its Legacies: Artistic, Ethical, Scientific”

By , December 3, 2014

On October 15, 2014, The Center for the History of Medicine together with the Ackerman Program on Medicine and Culture presented “Anatomy and its Legacies: Artistic, Ethical, Scientific.” A recording of that talk is now available online!

Anatomists throughout history have worked to discover new angles of approach to the human body in order to reach the fullest understanding of its complexities. In this symposium, our four speakers endeavor to do the same, coming from different perspectives to examine the complex history of anatomical study. Join us as we examine anatomy through the lenses of ethics, art, and science.

(0:00:00) “Teachings of the Dead: The Archaeology of Anatomized Remains from Holden Chapel, Harvard University”

Christina J. Hodge
Academic Curator and Collections Manager of the Stanford University Archaeology Collections, and Museum Associate at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University
Michele E. Morgan
Museum Curator of Osteology and Paleoanthropology & Senior Osteologist at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University

(0:38:18) “A Collaborative Endeavor: Oscar Wallis & Henry Jacob Bigelow’s Anatomical Teaching Illustrations”
Naomi Slipp
2014-15 Barra Foundation Fellow in American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and PhD candidate in the Department of the History of Art & Architecture at Boston University

(1:07:33) “Ethical transgressions in anatomy during the Third Reich: The Pernkopf story”
Sabine Hildebrandt
Assistant Professor in the Department of General Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School

 

 

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[CHANGE IN PROGRAM] December 18: Infant Science: Global Intervention and Production of Knowledge around Infant Mortality

By , October 28, 2014

CHANGE IN PROGRAM

Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education, McLean Hospital and the Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, present:

Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine

“Infant Science: Global Intervention and Production of Knowledge around Infant Mortality, 1942-1965”

Emily A. Harrison, S.M.: Ph.D. candidate, History of Science Department, Harvard University

The last in a series of four lectures given as the 2014 Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine. The Colloquium offers an opportunity to clinicians, researchers, and historians interested in a historical perspective on their fields to discuss informally historical studies in progress.

December 18, 2014
4:00-5:30 PM

Ballard Auditorium, fifth floor
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck Street, Boston MA 02115

Free and open to the public.

For further information contact David G. Satin, M.D., Colloquium Director, phone/fax 617-332-0032, e-mail david_satin@hms.harvard.edu

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December 4: James E. Strick and Kevin Hinchey on Wilhelm Reich’s Books

By , October 28, 2014

The Center for the History of Medicine presents:

The True Story of a Government-Ordered Book-Burning in America: Wilhelm Reich’s Books and Journals, and What Was in Them?

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James E. Strick, Ph.D.: Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Earth & Environment, and of Technology & Science, Franklin and Marshall College, and

Kevin Hinchey: Filmmaker, Associate Director of The Wilhelm Reich Museum, and Board Member of The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust

 

In 1956 and 1960, the US government carried out the burning of scientific books and journals by Austrian-born physician and research scientist Wilhelm Reich. Ironically, in 1939 Reich had emigrated to the US, fleeing the Nazis’ burning of his books.  What was in those books that was deemed so offensive as to be worthy not merely of being banned, but of outright destruction?

Franklin and Marshall College Historian of Science James Strick has delved in depth into the laboratory notebooks and other records in Reich’s archives, in an attempt to assess the common narrative that Reich’s experimental work was mere pseudoscience.  Strick focuses on some of Reich’s first experimental work, from 1934-1939, in which the famous psychoanalyst believed he had stumbled onto the origin of life from nonliving matter. In his new book from Harvard University Press, Wilhelm Reich, Biologist, Strick argues that these “bion experiments” are careful experimental work, up to the technical standards of the time, and even breaking new ground in areas such as time-lapse microcinematography.  So whatever conclusions one comes to about interpreting Reich’s observations, it’s no longer possible to dismiss them as pseudoscience.

Filmmaker Kevin Hinchey, at work on a documentary film about Reich’s work, will join Strick in this presentation to give some background on how the later confrontation developed between Reich and the US government, with the result that his work on the bion experiments was burned along with many other volumes.

 

December 4, 2014
5:00 PM

Minot Room, fifth floor
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck Street, Boston MA 02115

 

This event is free and open to the public.
Registration is required.
To register, click here.

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November 18: Death and Diversity in Civil War Medicine

By , October 18, 2014

The Center for the History of Medicine and the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership present:

Death and Diversity in Civil War Medicine

Margaret Humphreys, Ph.D.: Professor of Medicine and History, Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine, Duke University, and current President of the American Association for the History of Medicine

This talk explores the reasons for the widely divergent death rates from disease among white Union troops, white Confederate troops, and black Union troops in the American Civil War.

November 18, 2014
5:30PM
Light refreshments at 5:00 PM

Lahey Room, fifth floor
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck Street, Boston MA 02115

Registration is required. To register, click here.
This event is free and open to the public.

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November 20: Making the Suicidal Object: Sympathy and Surveillance in the American Asylum

By , October 6, 2014

Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education, McLean Hospital and the Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, present:

Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine

“Making the Suicidal Object: Sympathy and Surveillance in the American Asylum”

Kathleen Brian, M.A., Ph.D.: Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies, George Washington University

The third in a series of four lectures given as the 2014 Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine. The Colloquium offers an opportunity to clinicians, researchers, and historians interested in a historical perspective on their fields to discuss informally historical studies in progress.

November 20, 2014
4:00-5:30 PM

Ballard Auditorium, fifth floor
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck Street, Boston MA 02115

Free and open to the public.

For further information contact David G. Satin, M.D., Colloquium Director, phone/fax 617-332-0032, e-mail david_satin@hms.harvard.edu

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October – December 2014 Event Calendar

By , September 30, 2014

The Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to invite you to this fall’s program of ten sponsored and co-sponsored lectures in the history of medicine and public health.

 

[DATE CORRECTION] October 14, 2014, 4:00 pm: “Jewish Medical Resistance in the Holocaust”
Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine

Michael A. Grodin, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, and Professor of Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights, Boston University School of Public Health

Minot Room, Fifth Floor
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck Street, Boston MA 

(Free and open to the public. No registration required.)

 

October 15, 2014, 6:00 pm: “Anatomy and its Legacies: Artistic, Ethical, Scientific”

Naomi H. Slipp, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History of Art & Architecture, Boston University and 2014-15 Barra Foundation Predoctoral Fellow in American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Christina J. Hodge, Academic Curator & Collections Manager, Stanford University Archaeology Collections, and Museum Associate, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

Sabine Hildebrandt, Instructor in Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Minot Room, Fifth Floor
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck Street, Boston MA

(Registration required. To register, click here.
This event is free and open to the public.)

 

October 21, 2014, 5:00 pm: “The Birth of the Pill”

Jonathan Eig, writer and journalist

Ballard Auditorium, Fifth Floor
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck Street, Boston MA

(Registration required. To register, click here.
This event is free and open to the public.)

 

October 30, 2014, 5:30 pm: “21st Century War: the Continuum of Pain and Other Sequelae”
39th Annual Joseph Garland Lecture

Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III, MD, Program Director, Defense and Veteran Center for Integrative Pain Management, US Army

Rollin M. Gallagher, MD, MPH, National Program Director, Pain Management Veterans Health Administration

Carl Walter Amphitheater
Tosteson Medical Education Center
Harvard Medical School 
260 Longwood Avenue, Boston MA 02115

(Registration recommended by October 10, 2014. This event is free and open to the public.
To register for the lecture only (free), email BostonMedLibr@gmail.com with your full name, email address, and phone number.
To register for dinner and the reception (pre-paid), please return this form and a check to the Boston Medical Library.)

 

November 18, 2014, 5:30 pm: “Death and Diversity in Civil War Medicine”
Reception at 5:00pm

Margaret Humphreys, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine and History,Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine, Duke University, and current President of the American Association for the History of Medicine

Lahey Room, Fifth Floor
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck Street, Boston MA

(Registration required. To register, click here.
This event is free and open to the public.)

 

November 20, 2014, 4:00 pm: “Making the Suicidal Object: Sympathy and Surveillance in the American Asylum”
Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine

Kathleen Brian, M.A., Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of American Studies, George Washington University

Ballard Auditorium, Fifth Floor
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck Street, Boston MA

(Free and open to the public. No registration required.)

 

December 4, 2014, 5:00 pm: “The True Story of a Government-Ordered Book-Burning in America: Wilhelm Reich’s Books and Journals, and What Was in Them?”

James E. Strick, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Earth & Environment, and of Technology & Science, Franklin and Marshall College

Kevin Hinchey: Filmmaker, Associate Director of The Wilhelm Reich Museum, and Board Member of The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust

Minot Room, Fifth Floor
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck Street, Boston MA

(Registration required. To register, click here.
This event is free and open to the public.)

 

December 18, 2014, 4:00 pm: “Boundary Disputes Between British Psychiatry and Neurology”
Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine

Stephen T. Casper, Ph.D., Associate Professor, History of Science, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Clarkson University

Ballard Auditorium, Fifth Floor
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck Street, Boston MA

(Free and open to the public. No registration required.)

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October 30: 39th Annual Joseph Garland Lecture

By , September 30, 2014

The Boston Medical Library presents:

The 39th Annual Joseph Garland Lecture

“21st Century War: the Continuum of Pain and Other Sequelae”

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Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III, M.D.: Program Director, Defense and Veteran Center for Integrative Pain Management, US Army, and
Rollin M. Gallagher, M.D. M.P.H.: National Program Director, Pain Management Veterans Health Administration

See the official flyer here.

 

Registration recommended by October 10, 2014.
To register for the lecture only (free), email BostonMedLibr@gmail.com with your full name, email address, and phone number.
To register for dinner and the reception (pre-paid), please return this form and a check to the Boston Medical Library.

 

October 30, 2014
5:30 PM

Carl Walter Amphitheatre
Tosteson Medical Education Center
Harvard Medical School
260 Longwood Avenue, Boston MA 02115

For further information, contact the Boston Medical Library at BostonMedLibr@gmail.com.

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October 21: The Birth of the Pill

By , September 29, 2014

The Center for the History of Medicine and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics present:

The Birth of the Pill

Jonathan Eig, writer and journalist

Join us as New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Eig discusses his new book, The Birth of the Pill. Eig tells the stories of four people who played a key role in the creation of the birth-control pill: Margaret Sanger, Katharine McCormick, Gregory Pincus, and John Rock.

October 21, 2014
5:00-6:00 PM
Book signing to follow.

Ballard Auditorium, fifth floor
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck Street, Boston MA 02115

Registration is required. To register, click here.
This event is free and open to the public.

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