July 2015 – News From the Profession

Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Newsletter

The Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine publishes a newsletter, available at www.chstm.org. Events, news, and information on working groups are also available on the site.

25th International Congress on the History of Science and Technology

The 25th International Congress on the History of Science and Technology will be held in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 23 to 29 July 2017, with the general theme “Science, Technology and Medicine between the Global and the Local.” You can learn more about the conference at http://www.ichst2017.sbhc.org.br/

American Association for the History of Medicine Awards

The American Association for the History of Medicine honored the following individuals at its award ceremony and 90th anniversary celebration on 2 May 2015 at the Commons on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, CT:

  • Osler Medal: Julia Cockey Cromwell, (Johns Hopkins University), “Viral Knowledge: Autopsy and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.”
    Honorable Mention: John Thomas Stroh, (University of Kansas School of Medicine, Class of 2014 and resident at the Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC) “The English Reformation and the Birth of London’s Royal Hospitals.”
  • Shryock Medal: Marissa Mika, (University of Pennsylvania), “Surviving Experiments: Burkitt’s Lymphoma Research in Idi Amin’s Uganda.”
    Honorable Mention: Cara Kiernan Fallon, (Harvard University), “Husbands’ Hearts and Women’s Health: Gender and Heart Disease in Twentieth-Century America.”
  • J. Worth Estes Prize: Hoi-eun Kim, “Cure for Empire: The ‘Conuer-Russia-Pill,’ Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, and the Making of Patriotic Japanese, 1904-45,” Medical History 57 (2013): 249-68.
  • Pressman-Burroughs Wellcome: Deborah Blythe Doroshow, Yale University, for her project, “Emotionally Disturbed: The Care and Abandonment of America’s Troubled Children.”
  • George Rosen Prize: Margaret Humphreys for her book, Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).
  • Welch Medal: Leslie J. Reagan for her book Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities, and Abortion in Modern America (University of California Press, 2010).
  • Genevieve Miller Lifetime Achievement Award: Caroline Hannaway
  • The Garrison Lecturer for 2016: Susan E. Lederer, Robert Turell Professor of Medical History and Bioethics and Chair of the Department of Medical History and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin.

Doctoral Dissertations

You can view the latest batch of recent doctoral dissertations on the history of science and medicine at: http://www.hsls.pitt.edu/histmed/dissertations

ProQuest has altered how they put out their individual issues. No longer do they correlate to one month, so the dating is more random. Thus titles will range from 2015—yes they have some 2015 dates—back into the late 1990s. There is one additional aspect to point out about this latest batch of dissertations that make it unique. The University of Southern California downloaded the past 75+ years of its dissertations into the current issues—thus you will find titles dating back into the 1920s. While there are no abstracts for these earlier works you can pull up the full text of these dissertations.

Savant Relics: Brains and Remains of Scientists

4th Watson Seminar in the Material and Visual History of Science
University of Pavia, Pavia
September 4th, 2015

Organized by Marco Beretta, Maria Conforti, Paolo Mazzarello in cooperation with the Museo Galileo in Florence

In contrast to what we may assume, relics of scientists are numerous and the practice of preserving and studying them covers a surprisingly long period, from the late medieval time to the mid-twentieth century. What inspired then natural scientists or the public of the curious and savants to preserve the bodies of their ancestors or scientific heroes as relics? What was the role of these relics within scientific culture? Motivations varied and included commemorative rituals; strategies to perpetuate memory; establishing the superiority of eminent scientists by investigating the size and anatomy of their brains’ phrenology onwards; the institutionalization of the offering to the fellow scientists the corpse for scientific purposes; and last but not least the fear of being buried alive, that had become an obsession in 18th century Europe.

Galileo's finger. Courtesy Museo Galileo – Florence

Galileo’s finger. Courtesy Museo Galileo – Florence

Seminar’s Program

  • Introduction: Marco Beretta (Università di Bologna)
  • Anke Timmermann (Cambridge University): Of Death and Elixirs: The Remains and Resting Places of Alchemists. Commentator Brigitte Van Tiggelen (Chemical Heritage Foundation – Europe)
  • Stefano Gattei (IMT Lucca): From Banned Mortal Remains to Worshipped Relics of a Martyr of Science: The Beginning of the Galileo Myth. Commentator John Heilbron (Oxford University)
  • Rob Iliffe (University of Sussex): The Mask of Isaac Newton: Secular Hagiography and the Creation of Genius. Commentator Rebekah Higgitt (University of Kent)
  • Ludmilla Jordanova (Durham University): Science, Memory and Relics in Britain. Commentator Anna Maerker (King’s College London)
  • Valentina Cani (Università di Pavia): Pavia’s Relics of Notable Scientists: A Journey between Science and Scientific Mythology. Commentator Francesco De Ceglia (Università di Bari)
  • Silvano Montaldo (Università di Torino): Between Positivism and Nationalism: The Relics of 19th Century Scientists. Commentator Maria Carla Gadebusch Bondio (Technische Universität München)

Admission is free. For registration and other information contact Mrs. Marta Daffara at marta.daffara@pragmacongressi.it or see http://www.shpusa.com/2014/10/savant-relics-brains-and-remains-of-scientists/