Medicine and Health
The History of Medicine and Health Working Group meets monthly to discuss a colleague’s work in progress or to discuss readings that are of particular interest to participants.
Meetings are usually held from 3:30 to 5:00 on first Fridays.
Scholars can participate online, or at the Consortium offices in Philadelphia, 431 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, or at the New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue (@ 103rd Street), New York, NY 10029.
To join this working group, click "Request group membership" at right. You will receive instructions for participating online or in person.
David Barnes teaches history of medicine and public health at UPenn. His interests include history of medicine and public health, cultural history of bodily knowledge, and bodily practices.
Paul Theerman is Director of the Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health at the New York Academy of Medicine.
Nancy Tomes is Distinguished Professor of History at Stony Brook University. Her research interests include U.S. social and cultural history and the history of medicine, women, and gender.
Keith Andrew Wailoo is Townsend Martin Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University. His research and teaching interests include the history and cultural politics of disease; drugs and drug policy; race, science, and health; and health policy and medical affairs in the U.S.
Upcoming Meetings (all times Eastern)
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Elise Mitchell, New York University, speaking on "Smallpox Inoculation, Slavery, and Kinship in the Atlantic World."
Friday, December 6, 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Friday, February 7, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Friday, March 6, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Friday, April 3, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Friday, May 1, 2020 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
October 4, 2019
Sarah Naramore, Sewanee: The University of the South, presents a chapter from her dissertation on Benjamin Rush, on the way that the distinctive American climate and geography called forth a uniquely American medicine.
April 12, 2019
Wangui Muigai, Brandeis University, “'Something Wasn’t Clean': Black Midwifery, Birth, and Postwar Medical Education in All My Babies."
Comment: Leslie Reagan, University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana
March 8, 2019
Janet Golden, Professor of History, Rutgers University-Camden.
"'Normal Enough': Paula Patton, Intellectually Disabled Immigrant Children, and the 1924 Immigration Act."
Comment by Jaipreet Virdi, Assistant Professor of History, University of Delaware.
November 16, 2018
Julie Powell, Ohio State University, on "The Labor Army of Tomorrow: Masculinity and the Internationalization of Veterans’ Rehabilitation, 1914-1924." Comment by the work group.
October 19, 2018
Catherine Cox and Hilary Marland, 'The Making of the Modern Prison System: Reformation, Separation and the Mind, 1840-1860'.
Comment by James Moran, University of Prince Edward Island.
April 20, 2018
Shobana Shankar, Stony Brook University, speaking on "The Mississippi Appendectomy: Prison Medicine as a Process of African-American Alienation."
Comment by Susan Reverby, Professor Emerita, Wellesley College.
February 16, 2018
Elaine LaFay presented “‘The slandered torrid zone’: Medicine, Botany, and the Imperial Vision of an American Tropics along the U.S. Gulf Coast, 1820–1840,” a chapter from her dissertation.
Melanie Kiechle, assistant professor of history at Virginia Tech, has agreed to contribute a comment.
A copy of the discussion paper is uploaded to the Medicine and Health Work Group site.
LaFay is a PhD candidate in the Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and currently a Marguerite Bartlett Hamer Dissertation Fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies.
November 17, 2017
Daniel Goldberg (University of Colorado, Denver): “‘The Evidence of the Lost Eye was so Palpable’: The Testimonial Significance of Visible Disabilities in Civil War Veterans’ Encounters with the North Carolina Pension Act of 1885”
October 20, 2017
Tamara Venit-Shelton (Claremont McKenna College): “Herbs and Roots Only: Toward an Environmental History of Chinese Medicine in the United States.”
Linda L. Barnes, Boston University
Mei Zhan, University of California Irvine.
September 15, 2017
Averyl Gaylor (La Trobe University in Melbourne): “Dance and Operational Bodily Encounters in Twentieth-Century Australia.” On the interplay between modern dance and modern medical cultures in shaping understandings and ideals of the body in Australia, in the early to mid twentieth-century. Comment by Dr. Whitney Laemmli, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University.