Medical History Society of New Jersey, Annual Spring Meeting

Medical History Society of New Jersey, Annual Spring Meeting

Anyone interested in history of medicine, public health, NJ history,
and allied fields is welcome!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Nassau Club of Princeton, 6 Mercer St. Princeton NJ
Afternoon talks on:  Institute for the Understanding of Health and
Medicine at NJ Medical School; Francis Xavier Dercum; medicine and
art; anti-vaccine movements, past and present.


7:30 pm 34th Annual Morris Saffron Lecture:

Adventures of a Medical Journalist

Lawrence K. Altman, M.D., Medical Writer
“The Doctor’s World” columnist for The New York Times;
Senior Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Details, speakers, registration (includes dinner), menu choices at website

Registration due by April 24, 2013.

Questions?? Dr. Sandra Moss 732-549-5843
c/o UMDNJ Special Collections – G. F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences
30 Twelfth Avenue, P.O. Box 1709, Newark NJ 07101-1709

Check out MHSNJ’s online publications and prize-winning newsletter:

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Call for Presenter on William Hinton

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is looking for a speaker to celebrate the centennial of syphilologist William Hinton.  Here is the email I received from them. If anyone has worked on Hinton and is interested, please contact Dr. Al DeMaria at the State Health Department (alfred.demaria  Thanks.

We would be looking for a speaker who could recount aspects of the life and career of William Hinton and put them in context.  We are putting together an exhibit on this from available information and some of the material we hold, like Hinton’s correspondence within the Department of Public Health and his books.  The presentation would deal with the impact of racism on his career or his contribution to the diagnosis and management of syphilis, or better yet, both.  It would probably have to be someone within a 500 mile radius.  At the opening of the State Lab in 1974, Vernal Cave, who was then President of the NMA, spoke from personal acquaintance with Hinton, but such acquaintances are no longer available.

Susan M. Reverby
Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas
Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies
Wellesley College
on sabbatical 2012-13

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NEH Seminar on Health and Disease in the Middle Ages

Applications are being sought for a five-week Seminar for College and University Teachers—“Health and Disease in the Middle Ages”—which is being held June 24 through July 28, 2012, in London, England. Part of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminars and Institutes program, the Seminar is sponsored by the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) and will convene at the Wellcome Library, the world’s premier research center for medical history.  This Seminar will gather together sixteen scholars (including up to two advanced graduate students) from across the disciplines interested in questions of health, disease, and disability in medieval Europe and the Mediterranean.

A stipend of $3900 is provided to cover travel and other expenses.  The application deadline is 1 March 201.  For further information (including a detailed description of the program and the syllabus), please go to the Seminar website:

Or write to us or call at:
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS)
4th Floor, Lattie F. Coor Hall
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 874402 Tempe, AZ 85287-4402
Phone:  480.965.4661

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Wellcome Collection Talk

Healthcare and housewifery
Wellcome Collection talk
06 October 2011, 19.00 – 20.30

How did edible remedies enable women to challenge male medical orthodoxy in early modern England?
While some people turned to medical practitioners in times of illness, many relied on homemade medicines and remedies.  The pre-modern home was a major site for health-related activities and housewives, armed with treasured recipes and bottles of waters and syrups, acted as the first line of defence against the onslaught of sickness.  Explore the contents of their precious recipe collections, and the role of women as household physicians in early modern England.
This event includes time for you to view unique manuscripts from the Wellcome Library’s special collections.
Speaker: Dr Elaine Leong, historian of early modern medicine and science, University of Cambridge.
This event is FREE.  To book a ticket please click here<;.

This talk forms part of a wider series of autumn events at Wellcome Collection exploring the connections between food, health and life.  To find out more please go to

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Tribute to Judith Walzer Leavitt

The Department of Medical History and Bioethics announces a celebration of Professor Judith W. Leavitt on October 1-2, 2010 at the Pyle Center, University of Wisconsin Madison.

Friday night, October 1, celebratory dinner and reception

Saturday, October 2, 9- 4 pm.
“One Woman’s Labor:
Judith Leavitt’s Academic Contributions and Influence on the Profession”

In the last three decades, Professor Judy Leavitt has pursued an ambitious and far-reaching research program on the social history of childbirth, fatherhood, and Typhoid Mary. Her book, Brought to Bed: Childbearing in America, 1750-1950, transformed the history of childbirth.  Hailed as “the most authoritative medical historical text on the subject in America”  and as “a book for men as well as women,” she sensitively and elegantly explored the trade-offs and decisions that informed the movement of birth from the home to the hospital.  Her next book, Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public’s Health, received similar accolades as has her most recent monograph, Make Room for Daddy: the Journey from the Waiting Room to the Birthing Room.  Using fathers’ first-hand accounts from letters, journals, and personal interviews, Judy charts the changing experiences and expectations of expectant fathers from the 1940s to the 1980s. Sensitive to both power and privilege, she explores the increasing involvement of fathers and the medical inequalities and the impact of race and class.  Even the reviewer for the Wall Street Journal (no friend to the women and gender studies movement) praised the book as “illuminating, engaging, and fascinating.”

Above all, she has inspired generations of undergraduate, graduate, and medical students as a teacher, as a mentor, and role model.  Her commitment to evidence, her investment in clarity of expression and argument, her sense of the human dimensions of historical events and actors have influenced her students and colleagues and we look forward to celebrating her life and legacy.

For more information about the program, please contact the Department of Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin, 608-263-3414.

Susan E. Lederer
Robert Turell Professor of History of Medicine and Bioethics
Chair,Medical History and Bioethics
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
1300 University Ave. MSC 1420
Madison, WI 53706
f. 608.265.0486

Published in: on September 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Symposium: 20th Anniversary of ORWH

Dear WHOMers,

I just got this notice from the OSSD (Organization for the Study of Sex Differences).  This sounds like a major event but, alas, aside (perhaps) from the keynote by Bernadine Healey, there no historical perspective on how the Office of Women’s Health came to be established and how its trajectory has been set.  (Shockingly, at least from the titles, I see nothing at all about the Women’s Health Initiative and allied studies and how they blew away standard thinking on hormone replacement therapy.)

Is anybody on the list planning to go to this?  If so, might you send a brief report of the discussions to the list?

Monica Green
Professor of History
4th floor, Coor Hall
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ  85287-4302

—— Forwarded Message
From: Viviana Simon <>
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Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2010 09:41:42 -0700
To: Monica Green <>
Subject: ORWH 20th Anniversary Scientific Symposium and Celebration

Dear OSSD Members,

I wanted to make you aware of the following symposium celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the NIH. If you are in the area, you may consider attending.


Scientific Symposium
Date: September 27, 2010
9:00 a.m.- 5:15 p.m. (Registration will open at 8:00 a.m.)

Location: Natcher Conference Center
(NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD)

On September 27, 2010, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will hold a symposium to highlight some of the scientific advances that have increased our understanding of women’s health, differences between males and females, and implications for sex/gender-appropriate clinical care and personalized medicine. At this exciting event, the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) will launch the third scientific agenda for women’s health research for the coming decade, entitled A Vision for 2020 for Women’s Health Research: Moving Into the Future with New Dimensions and Strategies.

The daylong event, to include a reception, will provide a forum to recognize some of the major contributors to the establishment of ORWH and will celebrate progress in the field of women’s health research realized through the dedicated work of investigators, clinicians, and scientific colleagues from a wide range of disciplines and arenas-women and men. The 20th anniversary celebration will acknowledge the role of the many advocates who have worked tirelessly to energize support and set the stage for the realization of a vision-ensuring NIH-wide attention to research on women’s health issues across the lifespan and the role of sex/gender in health and disease.

This symposium is open to the public.


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Looking for Panelists: Berkshire Conference

Dear WHOMers,

I’m interested in developing a panel for the next “Big Berks” conference of women historians, which is meeting at UMass Amherst in June, 2011.  The theme of the conference is Generations, and I’m interested in exploring issues of sex, gender, race and labor surrounding generation using assisted reproductive technologies.

My own work examines the history of sperm banks in the United States, and in particular, looks at the interplay between medicine and the law as artificial insemination by donor, the first ART, moved from the shadows to the internet.  With possible unifying themes of commodification and markets in body and body products, eugenics and race, the changing notions of maternity, paternity and families, as well as the interplay between veterinary medicine and human medicine, I could imagine a panel shaped in several ways, depending on interest.  Please contact me at no later than Feb. 15, 2010 if you are interested, and feel free to pass this message along to anyone you know who might be interested.  Berks panels need to have a chair and a discussant, as well as presenters, so if you are interested in the topic and/or in attending Berks, but don’t want to commit to presenting a paper, I’d love to hear from you as well.

For those unfamiliar with Berks,  Berks particularly and specifically welcomes non-historians, as well as independent scholars, students, filmmakers.  The CFP is



New contact info:

Kara W. Swanson, J.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Earle Mack School of Law
Drexel University
3320 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Symposium on Food and Medicine at Wellcome Trust

‘Food and Medicine 1650-1820’

Friday 22 May 2009 from 1020
The Wellcome Building, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE (Fifth Floor) UK

Registration required. To download the programme and registration form in
pdf format, please click here:

For information on our other events, please see:

Posted by Prof. Hal Cook, Director, Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of
Medicine at UCL,

Published in: on May 7, 2009 at 6:58 am  Leave a Comment