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Every year the Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health hosts a series of public lectures in the history of medicine. Lectures usually begin at 6:00 p.m. and are free of charge and open to the public. Advance registration is requested but not required.
From time to time, the Center mounts festivals and holds workshops, where an admission fee may be charged and registration is required.
For further information about medical history programs at NYAM, please call Associate Director Paul Theerman at 212-822-7350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE SERIES
Until the mid-nineteenth century, life expectancy at birth averaged 20 years worldwide, owing mostly to childhood fevers. The source of such illness was a topic of great debate. In a wide-ranging talk, eminent researcher Dr. Jean-Laurent Casanova of the Rockefeller University presents the history of both the germ theory and the emerging genetic theory of infectious diseases.
In his famous Quintet of Modern Diseases, Hayatizade Mustafa Feyzi, the Chief Physician to Ottoman Sultan Mehmed IV (r. 1648–1687), claimed that by far the most prevalent disease in Istanbul was hypochondria. He believed that it was a distinctly modern disease that afflicted mostly intellectuals. This talk by historian B. Harun Küçük of the University of Pennsylvania will piece together the cultural history of hypochondria in Istanbul and its immediate surroundings, using Ottoman and European medical and travel literature.
In The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, Andrea Wulf reveals the extraordinary life of the visionary German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) and explores how he created the way we understand nature today.
Join us on October 17, 2015 to celebrate the intersection between food, history, and public health at the Eating Through Time Festival. Using food as our common theme, we will bring together chefs, historians, writers, and public health experts to discuss the past, present, and future of food in society, culture, and policy. This daylong event will include lectures, demonstrations, workshops, book signings, and more.
Frederick Douglass Opie, author of Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food: Recipes, Remedies and Simple Pleasures, will speak on Zora Neale Hurston’s work on food-based prescriptions for illnesses. Hurston's writings reveal an interest in natural prescriptions for the health challenges suffered by camp workers and plantation laborers. She also talks a great deal about natural remedies for poisoning. She incorporated what she learned about poisoning and natural remedies into her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God and other writings.
In the days before modern transport, preservation, and production technology, all chickens were local and free-range, and it was difficult to escape the constraints imposed by distance and the seasons. Difficult, but not impossible, as elite dining was defined by the challenge in obtaining ingredients, from hothouse peaches in the north in winter, to ice cream in Syria in the summer. In this talk, historian Dr. Paul Freedman of Yale University focuses on dining through the seasons.
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