Monthly Archives: May 2016

Opening hours w/b 30 May 2016

Next week our opening hours will be:

Monday: CLOSED for Bank Holiday
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 2.15pm-5pm
Wednesday: 2pm-4:30pm

Although the Wellcome Unit Library is closed on Monday, readers are reminded that the History Faculty Library in the Radcliffe Camera, the Upper Reading Room in the Old Bodleian, and the Radcliffe Science Library will all be open as usual for Bodleian card holders, and contain some History of Medicine collections.

As ever, please get in touch if you would like to visit the library. Have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend – why not try a spot of medicinal sea-bathing?

Sea-bathing machine

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Registration for the HSMT Postgraduate Conference 2016

History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Postgraduate Conference 2016
Friday, 10 June, 10:00-15:30
History Faculty Lecture Theatre, George Street, Oxford

Modern Bodies, Modern Minds

With panels on:

  • Towards an Evidence-backed Medical Practice
  • Uncovering the Mind
  • Ancient Infections, Modern Responses
  • National Identity and the Body

Admission and lunch are free, but numbers are restricted.

Please register with by 3 June.

Further information and timetable can be found here:

Lecture: ‘The human factor: collective responsibility for infectious disease’

‘The human factor: collective responsibility for infectious disease’ with Prof Mark Harrison and Dr Hannah Maslen – 19 May, 5pm, Oxford Martin School

Prevention and management of infectious diseases remains one of this century’s biggest challenges. As drugs and vaccinations have proliferated, protection from disease has increasingly been seen as an individual problem, requiring individual action. But due to the evolution of anti-microbial resistance, vaccine refusal and rapid disease transmission through global trade and travel, the impact of the drugs and vaccines that we have come to take for granted is undermined.

This lecture will explore the importance of understanding the ‘Human Factor’ in disease management, looking at the effects of policy on individual and group behaviour and at the role psychology plays in developing a new understanding of collective moral responsibility for infectious disease. The lecture is an introduction to the Oxford Martin Programme on Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease, an interdisciplinary team from zoology, history, philosophy, psychology and medicine.

This is part of a wider seminar series looking at reconciling individual and collective needs, as detailed below –

19 May 2016 ‘The human factor: collective responsibility for infectious disease’ with Prof Mark Harrison and Dr Hannah Maslen
26 May 2016 ‘Our shared world: reconciling individual need and collective responsibility’ – panel discussion

Seminar: Fashionable Diseases of Georgian Life

Fashionable Diseases of Georgian Life: Literature, Medicine and Culture in the Eighteenth Century and Beyond

Thursday 2 June 2016, 4.00 – 6.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 8, St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford

All welcome, no booking required. Seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Drinks will be served after the seminar.

Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Culture, ca 1660-1832 is a three-year, Leverhulme-funded research project at the Universities of Northumbria and Newcastle. In this seminar, hosted by the Diseases of Modern Life project, team members will showcase some of their research through short presentations followed by discussion.

Presentations will include the paradoxical fashionability of gout and rheumatism, the roles of gender, class and health professionals in fashioning fashionable disease, to the manner in which treatments and their locations were implicated in the fashionability or otherwise of disease. The seminar will also consider the crucial role of representation and genre in the creation, maintenance and decline of fashionable disease.

Dr Jonathan Andrews and Dr James Kennaway (Newcastle University). Gout and rheumatism as female maladies: the advantages and disadvantages of fashionable diseases from the sufferer’s perspective in Georgian Britain.

Professor Clark Lawlor (Northumbria University) ‘On Fashion in Physic’: the feminisation of fashionable disease in the very long eighteenth century.

Ashleigh Blackwood (Northumbria University) – ‘The most sudden and dreadful hysteric, or nervous disorders’: Women, Fashionable Diagnosis and Remedy.

Professor Allan Ingram (Northumbria University) Doctoring the Doctors: In Fashion and Out?

Dr Leigh Wetherall Dickson (Northumbria University) Delusions of Grandeur/ Illusions of Disease.

Dr Anita O’Connell (Northumbria University) Sociability and Disease at the Spas: Satires of a Hypochondriac Society.

Argo-EMR ‘Bio-politics in East Asia’ seminar series

Two lectures to be given by
Prof Akihito Suzuki
(School of Economics, Keio University, Japan)

Lecture 1 (as part of Argo-EMR, Department of Anthropology seminar series Bio-politics in East Asia)
Wednesday 11 May 2016, 5–6.30pm, Pauling Centre, 58a Banbury Road

Poisons, Possession, and Bacteriology in Modern Japan: Integration of Socio-Cultural Concepts and Biomedical Practices in the Late Nineteenth Century

Convenors: Seonsam Na and Theresia Hofer

Lecture 2 (hosted by Green Templeton College)
Thursday 12 May 2016, 11am-12.30 pm, Barclay Room, Green Templeton College

Voices of Madness: Psychiatric Case History and Literature in Modern Japan

Convenors:Mark Harrison and Seonsam Na

Prof Suzuki is a medical historian working on social history of medicine and mental health. He has been teaching at the Department of Economics, Keio University since 1997. He received PhD from University College London. He was the recipient of Eric Carlson Award in History of Medicine in 2014 and his book Madness at Home The Psychiatrist, the Patient, and the Family in England, 1820-1860 (University of California Press) received Kei Gijuku Proze from Keio University.