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13/09/2013

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A physician giving a medicine to a sick man in bed, and a surgeon, supervised by a physician, amputating the leg of seated patient, representing pharmacy and surgery respectively. Engraving, 1646. Engraving 1646 By: Matthaeus Merian From: De efficaci medicina Wellcome Images M0007909

Following a successful first year, the History of Pre-Modern seminar series returns this autumn.  The 2013-14 series – organised by a group of historians of medicine based at London universities and hosted by the Wellcome Library – will commence with four seminars.

The series will be focused on pre-modern medicine, which we take to cover European and non-European history before the 20th century (antiquity, medieval and early modern history, some elements of 19th-century medicine). The seminars are open to all.

PROGRAMME FOR AUTUMN 2013

Tues 15 October, Anita Guerrini (Oregon State), ‘The Galenist as Mechanist: Claude Perrault and the Natural History of Animals’.

Tues 29th Oct, Francois Olivier Touati (Tours), ‘Between the East and the West : transmission of diseases, connection of medical responses during the Middle Ages’.

Tues 5th Nov, Hannah Newton (Cambridge), “Nature’s Office and Work”: Defeating Disease in Early Modern England, 1580-1720

Tues 19th Nov, Emilie Savage-Smith (Oxford) “The Best Accounts of the Classes of Physicians”: A history of medicine throughout the known world, composed in Syria in the 13th-century.

All seminars will take place in the Wellcome Trust, Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, NW1 2BE.  Doors at 6pm prompt, seminars will start at 6.15.

The programme for January-March 2014 will follow in the new year.

Organising Committee: Elma Brenner (Wellcome Library), Sandra Cavallo (RHUL), John Henderson (BirkbeckUL) Colin Jones (QMUL), William MacLehose (UCL), Anna Maerker (KCL), Christelle Rabier (LSE), Patrick Wallis (LSE, convenor), Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Goldsmiths).

Enquiries to Ross MacFarlane (Wellcome Library: R.MacFarlane@wellcome.ac.uk) or Dr Patrick Wallis (LSE: p.h.wallis@lse.ac.uk).

Ross Macfarlane

Ross Macfarlane is the Research Engagement Officer at the Wellcome Library.

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3 comments on History of Pre-Modern Medicine Seminar Series, Autumn 2013
  • Julian Barker

    14/09/2013

    I should like to attend all 3 lectures this autumn

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  • Harry Jones

    16/09/2013

    When I look at illustrations such as the one above from 1646 it really makes me appreciate modern medicine. The seated man having the amputation looks eerily calm the saw is through skin and must be into bone. Ouch!!

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  • Grayeff, S.G.

    17/09/2013

    It is excellent that the Seminar series is going to start soon. Thank you for all the work.

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