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Free Public Lectures on History and Philosophy of Evidence-Based Health Care

University of Oxford History and Philosophy of Evidence-Based Health Care:
Free Public Lectures

Two lectures, offered as part of a new accredited short course ‘History and Philosophy of Evidence-Based Health Care’, are now open to the general public.
Why Brains Can’t Think: Exposing the Mereological Fallacy
Rom Harré, Emeritus Fellow of Linacre College
Monday 16th July, 7pm: Rewley House
For more information visit: www.conted.ox.ac.uk/V560-3

Translating Evidence into Recommendations for Action: the Role of Judgement in the Appraisal of Evidence in Medicine and Public Health.
Professor Mike Kelly. Director of the Centre for Public Health Excellence, NICE.
Wednesday 18th July 2012, 7pm: Rewley House
For more information visit: www.conted.ox.ac.uk/B900-78

Full details about the History and Philosophy of Evidence-Based Health Care course can be found on our website: www.conted.ox.ac.uk/hpebhc3

“History of science without philosophy of science is blind … philosophy of science without history of science is empty” – Norwood Russell Hanson

Oxford HSMT Postgraduate Conference 2012

History of Science, Medicine and Technology Postgraduate Conference 2012

Date: Friday 8 June 2012
Location: History Faculty Lecture Theatre, George Street, Oxford
(Please see http://www.ox.ac.uk/visitors_friends/maps_and_directions/index.html for a selection of maps with pdf versions to download and print)

Topics include:

  • Health on Distant Shores: The Impact of American Imperial Politics on Puerto Rican Public Health and Medicine, 1890-1920
  • Living with London’s Mad: Metropolitan Communities and the Insane 1740-1800
  • “O, Brave New World”: The Huxley Brothers and Social Concerns of the Early Twentieth-century Britain
  • History of Algal Derived Biofuels

The full programme and abstracts are available online at http://www.wuhmo.ox.ac.uk/events/index.htm

A buffet lunch is included in the programme so please RSVP to belinda.michaelides@wuhmo.ox.ac.uk if you plan to attend.

Tues 6 March seminar by Charles Webster ‘Paracelsus: Chemistry and Revolution’

Oxford History of Chemistry Seminar – Sponsored by the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (www.ambix.org)

Date: Tuesday 6 March 2012, 5-7 p.m.
Location: History Faculty Lecture Theatre, Old Boys’ High School, George Street, Oxford 

Charles Webster (Emeritus Fellow, All Souls, Oxford)

Paracelsus: Chemistry and Revolution

paracelsus lecture posterCHARLES WEBSTER was senior research fellow at All Souls College and previously Reader in the History of Medicine and Director of the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford. Webster is well known for his magisterial study of the Baconian tradition in seventeenth-century science, The Great Instauration. Science, Medicine, and Reform, 1626-1660 (1975). In Oxford, he combined his work on early modern science and medicine with a parallel commitment to the history of the National Health Service.  As the Official Historian of the NHS, Webster produced a two- volume history of the organisation published in 1988 and 1996. His elegant and definitive analysis of the life and works of Paracelsus:  Paracelsus, Medicine, Magic and Mission at the End of Time (2008) was shortlisted for the History of Science Society’s Pfizer Prize.

Related links: History Faculty | Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry | Institute of Historical Research