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  • 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 ...

  • Back in time for dinner – history and food

    What we eat and how we eat has changed over time. That shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, but the recent BBC series Back in Time for Dinner brought this concept home – literally – to the Robshaw family. The premise of the show was relatively simple. Using the National Food Survey to direct the ...