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Every year the Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health hosts a public lecture series sponsored in part by the NYAM Section on the History of Medicine and Public Health. Events are free and open to the public, and lectures begin at 6:00 p.m., with refreshments available at 5:30 p.m. Advance registration for section events is requested but not required.
For further information about medical history programs at NYAM, please call Associate Director Paul Theerman at 212-822-7350 or email email@example.com
UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE SERIES
Jonas Salk’s vaccine against polio brought a fearful epidemic to a close. In the centennial year of Salk’s birth, we celebrate his achievement with the screening of The Shot Felt ’Round the World. This 2010 production chronicles Salk’s crucial work at the University of Pittsburgh that led to the polio vaccine’s success in the 1950s.
Dr. Leona Baumgartner, New York City's first female Commissioner of Health, 1954–1962, was a fascinating individual whose story lies at the nexus of women's, public health, and urban history. This talk will look at the ways in which Baumgartner used her considerable politics skills and public persona to balance the Department’s traditional concerns for public health education and promotion, with the field’s increasing emphasis on scientific research.
Recent forgeries of early modern books using photopolymer plates have attained a high level of sophistication. This talk will look at the longer technological, intellectual, and material aspect of book forgery, looking especially at efforts to create convincing artifacts, rather than merely forge texts.
It’s commonly said that “you are what you eat.” These days, we tend to mean that if you consume the right foods, containing the right nutrients, you’ll tend to be healthy and live long. But some centuries ago, other sensibilities were available that helped define the nature and causes of human character, individual and collective. In his talk, Dr. Shapin discusses one of the more familiar examples of this analogical and causal mode of reasoning in the period from the 16th to the 18th centuries—why beef-eating made the English who they were.
Comparable in importance to Copernicus's De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (1543), William Harvey's Exercitatio Anatomica de Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus (1628) revolutionized human anatomy. This talk will explore the movement and reception of Harvey's theory across Europe, paying special attention to the evidence from the marginalia by Marc'Aurelio Severino in Dr. John Loeb's presentation copy.
How do plants become pharmaceuticals? In this talk, Abena Dove Osseo-Asare examine the history of efforts to patent a treatment for malaria made from the bitter roots of fever vine (Cryptolepis sanguinolenta). The talk is drawn from her book, Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa.
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