CFP: Panelists for AAHM Session on history of sexuality

Hello All,
We are currently seeking papers to complete a panel for the 2013 meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) (Atlanta, Georgia, May 16- May 19)on the state of the field of the history of medicine and sexuality. The panel is titled “The Anatomy of Sex” and we are specifically looking for someone doing the history of sexuality, the body, and medicine in the mid-twentieth century who is taking a more nuanced approach and/or looking at new sources.
Our two papers are entitled “Dissecting a Theory: Representations of the Clitoris in Anatomy and Gynecology Textbooks during the Peak of the Vaginal Orgasm Theory, 1948-1966” (Sarah B Rodriguez) and “ ‘Morally, if not physically’ – Happiness and the Role of Erotic Function in Sexual Surgery on Hermaphroditic Children, 1940-1960” (Sandra Eder)
Please send titles and 350 word abstracts (see AAHM guidelines: to both Sandra Eder <> and Sarah B Rodriguez <> by August 20th.

Sandra Eder & Sarah Rodriguez
Sandra Eder, Ph.D
Institute and Museum for the History of Medicine
University of Zurich
Hirschengraben 82
CH-8001 Zurich
++ 41 44 634 2129
Published in: on July 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

New Blog: Nursing Clio

This blog, developed by,
is likely to be of interest to WHOM listmembers.


From: Cheryl Lemus <>
Date: Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Subject: Blog: Nursing Clio
I would like to announce our blog, Nursing Clio, to H-Amstdy.

“Nursing Clio is a collaborative blog project that ties historical
scholarship to present-day political, social, and cultural issues
surrounding gender and medicine. Men’s and women’s bodies, their
reproductive rights, and their health care are often at the center of
political debate and have also become a large part of the social and
cultural discussions in popular media. Whether the topic is abortion, birth
control, sex, or the pregnant body, each and every one of these issues is
embedded with historical dynamics of race, class, and gender. Our tagline –
The Personal is Historical – is meant to convey that the medical debates
that dominate today’s headlines are, in fact, ongoing dialogues that reach
far back into our country’s past.

The mission of Nursing Clio is to provide a platform for historians, health
care workers, community activists, students, and the public at large to
engage in socio-political and cultural critiques of this ongoing and
historical debate over the gendered body. It is our contention that Nursing
Clio will provide a coherent, intelligent, informative, and fun historical
source for these issues.”

We look forward to H-Amstdy subscribers to come and take a look, and even
make some comments.

Best wishes,
Cheryl Lemus

Published in: on July 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

CFP: 86th Annual Meeting of AAHM

The AAHM invites submissions in any area of medical/health care history for its 86th annual meeting to be held May 16-19, 2013 in Atlanta,GA. Program Co-Chairs Susan Reverby and Anne-Emanuelle Birn are also encouraging proposals for the regular paper time slots for round-tables that assess the “state of the field” in various sub-fields of the history of medicine. See the complete call here.

Published in: on July 20, 2012 at 8:23 am  Leave a Comment  

Query: Wet-nursing and psychology

I have been approached by somebody who is working on why psychology and psychoanalysis have failed to think about the possible psychological impact of being fed at the breast of one who is not one’s mother, given that a number of founding figures in the field were fed by wet-nurses or employed one for their own children. She is particularly keen to find, if possible, personal accounts that wet nurses might have given of what it was like to feed someone else’s infant for two or three years and then give them up and any records there might be of those who have been fed by a wet nurse.

I have already recommended Valerie Fildes’ work –  does anyone have any current information about Fildes and possibly contact details?

I’ve also suggested the records of the Foundling Hospital.

Does anyone have any information that would enable me to help this researcher out further?

Many thanks

Dr Lesley A Hall
Archives and Manuscripts
Wellcome Library
183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, England UK
Tel: +44 (0) 207 611 8483 Fax: +44 ( 0) 207 611 8703

Published in: on July 20, 2012 at 8:22 am  Leave a Comment  

Query: Nurses’ Health Study

Dear WHOM,
As I continue my research for my essay on women and biomedical research at Brigham and Women’s, I am looking for material on the history of the Nurses’ Health Study, and the research reforms of the early 1990s, including the NIH Revitalization Act and the creation of the NIH Office for Research in Women’s Health.  (And if no one has written about this, wow, that’s a diss that needs to be done!  Or if no one claims the topic, it’ll be my next book.)  Any ideas are most welcome.
Lara Freidenfelds, Ph.D.
Published in: on July 20, 2012 at 8:14 am  Comments (1)