Article on Swine Flu and Student Health

Dear Colleagues,

Just wanted to let you all know about an article on swine flu and student health that I just had published at History News Network.

Published in: on August 24, 2009 at 11:48 am  Leave a Comment  

CFP: History of Medicine in Southeast Asia


3rd International Conference on

The History of Medicine in Southeast Asia

(HOMSEA 2010)

To be held in Singapore

22-25 June 2010

to coincide with IAHA 2010 (International Association of Historians of Asia)

Organised by:

Department of History, STS Research Cluster & Asia Research Institute (ARI)

National University of Singapore

With support from:

The National University of Singapore

The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine

University College London (UCL)

The Canada Research Chair in Health Care Pluralism

Université de Montréal (Canada)

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS, The Netherlands)

Program Committee:

Professor Harold Cook, Wellcome Trust for the History of Medicine at UCL

Professor Rethy Chhem, Medical University of Vienna/ Institute for History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine, Ulm University

Dr. Laurence Monnais, University of Montreal, CRC in Health Care Pluralism

Dr. John DiMoia, National University of Singapore

Dr. Liew Kai Khiun, National University of Singapore

and other members of the LOC (Local Organizing Committee)

All proposals on the subject of the history of medicine and health in Southeast Asia will be considered, but preference will be given to those on the theme of:

New Medicines, Markets, and the Development of Medical Pluralism

The theme “New Medicines, Markets, and the Development of Medical Pluralism” intends to explore how both local and metropolitan actors in Southeast Asia have contributed historically to the growth and development of medical markets throughout the region, here implying both traditional pharmacopeia as well as the arrival of newer pharmaceuticals in colonial and post-colonial settings. With a time frame preceding formal colonial intervention in the region and ranging up to the present, with the creation of a local infrastructure for biomedical and biotech work, participants are encouraged to submit individual papers and panels with possible themes including:

Women and Health in Southeast Asia

Medical pluralism in Southeast Asia: A Historical Perspective

Medical markets in SEA

Southeast Asian Biopoleis (including the growth of biomedical infrastructure, Science Parks, and Local Production Facilities—identification of pharmacopoeia, drug development)

New Sources, New Methodologies, New Historiographies

As the HOMSEA meeting will coincide with the IAHA 2010 meeting in Singapore, those interested in expanding the discussion either geographically—to include North East Asia and South Asia—chronologically, or methodologically are encouraged to apply to HOMSEA as well as the IAHA meeting to broaden the scope of discussion.

Please see the IAHA website at:

Please submit a one-page proposed abstract for a 20-minute talk, and a one-page CV by 30th December 2009 to: Laurence Monnais (

Please note that it may be possible to subsidize some of the costs of participation for scholars from less wealthy countries.

For further information about funding and the general organization of the meeting, please contact: John DiMoia (

Dr. Laurence MONNAIS

Associate professor/ Professeur agrégé

Département d’histoire – Centre d’Etudes de l’Asie de l’Est

Chaire de Recherche du Canada sur le pluralisme en santé/ Canada Research Chair in Health Care Pluralism

Equipe MEOS (Le MEdicament comme Objet Social)

Université de Montréal

C.P. 6128 Succ. Centre-ville


Tel: (514) 343-6544

Published in: on August 16, 2009 at 7:10 am  Leave a Comment  

Query: Hospital Regulations

Dear Colleagues,

Does anyone know if southern hospitals in the twentieth century
generally had less regulations than hospitals in the North? Thanks in
advance for any information you may have.



Simone M. Caron
Chair and Associate Professor of History
Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
336 758-5556
336 758-6130 (fax)

Published in: on August 16, 2009 at 7:09 am  Leave a Comment  

Query: Exhibit of Influenza Epidemic

Greetings, Historians of Medicine,

My college assigns a book for all incoming students to read over the summer, and the library likes to create a display case exhibit on the theme of the book each year. This year’s book is Thomas Mullen’s _The Last Town on Earth_, which deals with flu, quarantine, etc — if you’re curious, here’s the PR blurb:

If you were scanning through the motley museum collection at the college, and requesting help from local historical sources, what sort of medical techniques would you hope to represent in some material
form? European or American, any vaguely early-20th-c suggestions are more than welcome.

Just answer off the top of your head, if an answer shows up there, I’ll promise *not* to cite you if you’re making an educated guess! 🙂 I think my educated guesses are better than the librarian’s, but the WHOM collective’s are better than mine, especially when I don’t have time to refresh my memory.

Best wishes for the rest of August!


Nina E. Lerman
Associate Professor of History
Director, Maxey Museum
Whitman College
Walla Walla, WA 99362 USA

Published in: on August 14, 2009 at 5:17 pm  Comments (5)