Botanical Sketchbooks - Ways of Seeing
Sep
30
1:45pm 1:45pm

Botanical Sketchbooks - Ways of Seeing

Finished drawings are lauded in histories of botanical art, preparatory sketches often get forgotten. We have brought these vivid, spontaneous records gloriously back into the light, in Botanical Sketchbooks as we delved into archives and attics looking for sketchbooks, field notes, notes, personal journals, works on vellum, herbarium sheets and letters and even a drawing on the back of an envelope. Which famous botanist made that one? What stories can these sketches reveal about their creators and the natural world?

We are delighted to be talking about the making of botanical sketches and Botanical Sketchbooks @ilklitfest as part of their Ways of Seeing thread.

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Nov
30
5:30pm 5:30pm

The William Bynum Lecture - 2016

 

The History of Medicine Society of the Royal Society of Medicine are hosting the inaugural William Bynum lecture will be held at the Royal Society of Medicine. The William Bynum Lecture 2016 is generously supported by Medical History, Cambridge University Press and the Centre for Global Health Histories at York

After a welcome from Dr Julie Papworth, President, History of Medicine Society, Royal Society of Medicine,  Bill with introduce Dr Chris Renwick Senior Lecturer in Modern History at York.

Chris's lecture will draw on his research which is part of a project entitled, “Biology, Social Science, and History: Past, Present, and Future Interactions”.

This features a group of early and mid-20th century projects involving biologists, demographers, social scientists and medical professionals who  helped to create the modern understanding of ideas such as social mobility. The aim of this meeting is to focus on how these projects have helped to create the modern sense of social democracy and the opportunities that have come with it, as well as why this is important in the history of Britain and the second half of the 20th century.

The lecture will outline and explore the early and mid-20th century scientific foundations for political and social life within Britain. 

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Mar
24
5:30pm 5:30pm

Joseph I. Waring Jr Lecture: 'Tuberculous Lives, Smollett, Keats, and Orwell"

The Waring Historical Library at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) announces that its annual Joseph I. Waring Jr. Lecture and annual membership meeting will take place on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 5:30 pm in the Basic Sciences Building auditorium on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Helen Bynum will present her talk, “Tuberculous Lives: Smollett, Keats, and Orwell.” This lecture discusses Dr. Bynum’s findings in her book, “Spitting Blood: The History of Tuberculosis.”

Tobias Smollett (1721-71), John Keats (1795-1821) and George Orwell (1903-1950) shared the common fate of so many throughout history: a life lived with, and death from, tuberculosis. The experiences of Smollett, Keats and Orwell span the period from the 18th century to the dawn of the antibiotic age and provide a window onto doctors’ aspirations to treat an incurable condition and patients’ hopes and despairs.

Helen Bynum (Honorary Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, UCL) is a writer with interests in the history of medicine and science. She studied human sciences at UCL and received a PhD from the same institution. Her early career was spent at the University of Liverpool and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. It was while working on the history of LSTM that she became interested in the history of tuberculosis, then regarded as a problem only in poorer countries overseas.

The lecture falls on and marks World TB Day, March 24th, which is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries. World TB Day commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced to the world that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus.

Following the lecture will be a reception to celebrate the Grand Reopening of the Waring Historical Library. Attendees are invited to tour the Waring Historical Library and view the recent renovations, new exhibits, and historical collections on display.

This event is free and open to the public, though reservations are required.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact the library at 843-792-2288 or currinw@musc.edu.

 

Joseph I. Waring Jr. Lecture "Tuberculous Lives, Smollett, Keats, and Orwell"

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Sep
10
6:30pm 6:30pm

‘Design for Living’: life inside the tuberculosis sanatorium

“It took me the whole summer to lean that you do not dispose of eight and a half months in a sanatorium just by leaving the grounds. I had had to struggle and bleed to adjust to sanatorium routine and I had to struggle and bleed to adjust back to normal living” wrote the author Betty MacDonald in 1938. Sanatoria were the institutional answer to tuberculosis from the end of the 19th century until the successful outpatient use of anti-tuberculosis drugs in the 20th century, but what was life like inside? And did it work? 

Admission price for all talks £8.00 (Members of the Florence Nightingale Museum FREE) and includes a glass of wine and a chance to view the museum. To book, please contact Stephanie Tyler on stephanie@florence-nightingale.co.uk or 020 7620 0374.

This lecture is part of the current exhibition The Kiss of Light: Nursing and Light Therapy in 20th-century Britain, generously funded by the Wellcome Trust.

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Jun
18
4:00pm 4:00pm

'Tuberculosis as a Romantic Disease: Artistic, Historical and Literary Perspectives

'Tuberculosis as a Romantic Disease: Artistic, Historical and Literary Perspectives'

A workshop funded by the Leverhulme Trust

Location: Old Library Building, Research Beehive, Room 2.21 
Time/Date: 18th June 2015, 16:00 - 18:30 

Speakers:Dr Helen Bynum (Historian), 'Tuberculous Lives - Conforming to the Stereotype?’

Anna Dumitriu (Artist) ‘The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis’

Dr Helen Bynum, studied human sciences and medical history at UCL and the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, before lecturing in medical history at the University of Liverpool. She is the author (as Helen Power) of Tropical Medicine in the 20th Century, (Kegan Paul, 1999) and co-editor of the ‘Biographies of Disease’ series. In this series, she is author of Spitting Blood: The History of Tuberculosis (OUP, 2012). 

Anna Dumitriu’s work is at the forefront of art and science collaborative practice, with a strong interest in the ethical issues raised by emerging technologies and a focus on microbiology and healthcare. Her installations and performances use a range of biological, digital, and traditional media. She has exhibited in Barcelona, Dublin, Taipei, and London. She is Artist in Residence on the Modernising Medical Microbiology Project at The University of Oxford, and holds Visiting Research Fellowships with the Dept. of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire, and with the Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research. Her exhibition ‘The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis’ premiered in London (2014) and has since toured to Amsterdam and Berlin. It entails an artistic investigation into Tuberculosis from early superstitions about the disease to the latest research into genome sequencing of bacteria.

This workshop is organised by the ‘Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Culture, ca. 1660-1832’ project team, a Leverhulme funded collaboration between colleagues in History of Medicine at Newcastle University and English Literature at Northumbria University.

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May
2
12:30pm12:30pm

Hexham Book Festival

Humankind has always relied on plants for food, medicine, shelter, clothing, fuel and transport.  Focussing on 80 key plants, the medical and scientific historians Helen & William Bynum take us through how humans have engaged with them, from the practical to the obsessional.  The book is lavishly illustrated by hundreds of images of the diversity of the plant world from the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.

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