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  • Working with Nineteenth-Century Medical and Health Periodicals: Conference Report

    Working with Nineteenth-Century Medical and Health Periodicals: Conference ReportOrganised in conjunction with two Oxford based projects, one on the ‘Diseases of Modern Life’ and the other on ‘Constructing Scientific Communities’, this one day conference probed the meaning, value and content of the nineteenth century medical periodical. With panels on methods; the periodical and its audiences; women in medical periodicals; as well as libraries ...

  • BSE: A medical and political crisis?

    BSE: A medical and political crisis?While the “BSE crisis” was not a specific event that can be pinned down to a particular day or year, it was one of the stories on the news that I remember vividly as a kid. Concerns had been raised about the safety of food in the past – such as salmonella in eggs1 – ...

  • Conference Report: AAHM New Haven, May 2015

    Conference Report: AAHM New Haven, May 2015At their annual conference in New Haven, CT the American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) celebrated its 90th birthday. Back in 1925 it would have been almost impossible for me to go: transatlantic travel took weeks not hours; the history of medicine was in its infancy and few (if any) women were working ...