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The Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine sponsors a weekly colloquium series and periodic symposia, bringing scholars from all over the world to the University.
The Program in the History of Medicine hosts a History of Medicine Lunchtime Lecture series during the semester (September through December, January through April). Lectures are typically held on the first Monday of the month from 12:20–1:10 p.m. in 555 Diehl Hall.

Upcoming Spring 2017 Lectures of Interest in the History of Medicine

Monday, Feb. 13, 2017
Driven to Discover: The History of Minnesota’s Medical Innovations Lecture Series
Speakers: Dr. Susan Lederer, Univ. of Wisconsin "Organ Transplantation: Historical Perspectives on the Buying and Selling of Human Organs," and Dr.  Arthur Matas, Univ. of Minnesota, "The Argument in Favor of a Regulated System of Incentives for Living Kidney Donation."
12:10pm-1:10pm, Moos 1-451
**NOTE: Please be aware of day, time, and location!!
 
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 
Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Friday Colloquium Series
Speaker: Heidi Hausse, Princeton University, “Exploring the Material World of Mechanical Hands in Early Modern Europe.”
3:35pm-4:45pm, 275 Nicholson Hall
 
CANCELLED--Thursday, Mar. 2, 2017
Institute for Advanced Study Thursday Lecture Series
Sponsored by IAS Collaborative--The Pharmaceutical Nexus: Interdisciplinary Conversations and Methodologies
Speaker: Cori Hayden, Univ. of California-Berkeley, “Access, Excess: Medicines, Markets, and the Liberation of the Copy”
3:30pm, Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop
 
Friday, Mar. 3, 2017
Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Friday Colloquium Series
Speaker: Stacey Van Vleet, Univ. of California-Berkeley, “Medicine as Impartial Knowledge: Debates of Tibetan Medical Orthodoxy.”
3:35pm-4:45pm, 275 Nicholson Hall
 
Monday, Mar. 6, 2017
Program in the History of Medicine Lunchtime Lecture Series
**Special screening: Two short documentary films
--“Physical Therapy: Celebrating 75 Years”: Since 1941, the University of Minnesota's Program in Physical Therapy has prepared students for careers in clinical practice and scientific research. Join James Carey, Glenn Scudder, and a host of distinguished alumni and faculty as they explain the program's history and celebrate the its 75th Anniversary. Watch the program rise from humble beginnings to become the educational and research powerhouse it is today. Runtime: 12:49min
--“Cutting Edge: The Department of Surgery”: Since 1906, the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota has become the site of pioneering work in gastrointestinal, cardiac, transplant, critical care, and colon and rectal surgery. Under the leadership of Owen Wangensteen, the department trained surgeon scientists and fostered an atmosphere of innovation that led to the first open-heart surgery, the invention of the pacemaker, and early transplant work. This legacy continues into the twenty-first century. Join historians Peter Kernahan, Dominique Tobbell, and a host of distinguished department faculty members tell the story in their own words and celebrate the department's 100th Anniversary. Runtime: 24:46min
12:20pm-1:10pm, 555 Diehl Hall
 
Monday, April 3, 2017
Program in the History of Medicine Lunchtime Lecture Series
A C. C. and Dawn Clawson Lecture in the History of Medicine
Speakers: Patrizia Fughelli, Università di Bologna, and Barbara Troise Rioda, Centro Studi Camporesi - Università di Bologna, “The Centro Studi Camporesi, Centro Studi Medical Humanities, and the role of Medical Humanities in Medical Teaching at the University of Bologna.”
12:20pm-1:10pm, 555 Diehl Hall
 
Friday, April 7, 2017
Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Friday Colloquium Series
Symposium session for Medical Materialities: Teaching, Feeding, and Healing the Body through Medical Humanities
Speakers: Barbara Troise Rioda, Università di Bologna, "Food as Medicine of the Soul: Words and Images in the Middle Ages,” and David Gentilcore, University of Leicester, "'Vilest Beverage' to Cure All: Drinking Water in Early Modern Health Regimens and Health Guides.”
3:35pm-5:00pm, 275 Nicholson Hall
 
Friday, April 14, 2017
Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Friday Colloquium Series
Speaker: Jeremy Greene, Johns Hopkins University, “Innovation on the Reservation: Information Technology and Health Systems Research among the Papago Tribe of Arizona, 1965-1980.”
3:35pm-4:45pm, 275 Nicholson Hall
 
Friday, April 21, 2017
Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Friday Colloquium Series
Speaker: Kathryn Tabb, Columbia University, “The Precision Medicine Turn in Psychiatry: Some Epistemic Puzzles and an Ethical Concern.”
3:35pm-4:45pm, 275 Nicholson Hall
 
Friday, April 28, 2017
Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Friday Colloquium Series
Speaker: Jessica Riskin, Stanford University, “The Restless Clock: The Centuries-Long Argument Over What Makes Living Things Tick.”
3:35pm-4:45pm, 275 Nicholson Hall
 
For additional information, contact the Program in the History of Medicine at hmed@umn.edu or 612-624-4416.
 

Fall 2016

Driven to Discover: The History of Minnesota's Medical Innovations Series
Date: Tuesday October 11, 2016
Time: 12:15 - 1: 15 pm
Place:  Moos Tower, 3-110
Speakers: Jay Cohn, MD, University of Minnesota and Bruce Fye, MD, retired, Mayo Clinic
Title:  "The Search for an Understanding of Heart Disease"

 

History of Medicine Lectures Spring 2016

Jan. 25:
"Sugar-Coated Killers of the Brain: From 1 Case to 1 Million."  George Sarosi, M.D., Professor of Medicine, VA Medical Center, Univ. of Minnesota, and David Boulware, M. D., Assoc. Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases and International Medicine, Univ. of Minnesota.
12:15-1:15pm, Moos Tower 2-620, Lunch provided.
Part of the lunchtime lecture series Driven to Discover: The History of Minnesota’s Medical Innovations , sponsored by the Program in the History of Medicine and the Office of Medical Education 

Jan. 29:
“From Paris to St. Petersburg: Portable Anatomies in Enlightenment Europe.” Margaret Carlyle, Ph. D., Department of History, University of Minnesota.
3:35-5:00PM, 275 Nicholson Hall (HSTM Friday Colloquium Series)

Feb. 5:
“Reviving Thomas Beddoes:  The Chemical and Medical Alternatives of the Late Enlightenment.”  Larry Stewart, Ph.D., Department of History, University of Saskatchewan.
3:35-5:00PM, 275 Nicholson Hall (HSTM Friday Colloquium Series)

March 7:
“Dr. Nurse: The Contested Rise of Nursing PhD Programs.” Dominique Tobbell, Ph.D., Program in the History of Medicine, Univ. of Minnesota.
12:20-1:10pm, 555 Diehl Hall (HMED Monday Lunchtime Lecture Series) 

April 4 :
“Japan and the Wider World from a Perspective of Public Health: The Imperial Japanese Army, the Siberian Intervention and the Commission Sanitaire des Pays Alliés.” Sumiko Otsubo, Ph.D., Department of History, Metropolitan State University.
A Bruce and Sally Kantar Lecture in the History of Medicine
12:20-1:10pm, 555 Diehl Hall (HMED Monday Lunchtime Lecture Series)

SAVE THE DATES!! April 28-May 1:
The eighty-ninth annual meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine will be held in Minneapolis, MN April 28-May 1, 2016 at the Minneapolis Marriott Center City. Information will be made available at: http://www.histmed.org/minneapolis-2016

For additional information, contact the Program in the History of Medicine at hmed@umn.edu or 612-624-4416.

 

History of Medicine Lectures Fall 2015

Sept. 25:
"A Different Descartes: The New Galen."  Harold Cook, Department of History, Brown University.
A Charles E. Culpeper Lecture in the History of Medicine. Co-sponsored with the Center for Early Modern History
3:35-5:00PM, 275 Nicholson Hall (HSTM Friday Colloquium Series)

Sept. 28:
"Beyond the Bench: The Contexts for Innovation in CVD Epidemiology and Preventive Cardiology at UMN."  Henry Blackburn, M.D., Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, Univ. of Minnesota, and Sarah Tracy, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. of Honors and the History of Medicine, Director of Medical Humanities Program, Univ. of Oklahoma.
12:00-1:00pm, Moos Tower 2-530, Lunch provided.
Part of a new lunchtime lecture series, Driven to Discover: The History of Minnesota’s Medical Innovations , sponsored by the Program in the History of Medicine and the Office of Medical Education

Oct. 16:
“How to be a Patient: Patienthood and Medical Thinking in the Medieval Islamicate World.”  Ahmed Ragab, Harvard Divinity School.
Co-sponsored with the Institute for Advanced Studies, the Center for Early Modern History, and the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World
3:35-5:00PM, 275 Nicholson Hall (HSTM Friday Colloquium Series)

Oct. 23:
“Origins of a Legitimation Crisis: Medical Science, Private Profit, and the Challenge of Big Pharma.”  Joseph Gabriel, School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
3:35-5:00PM, 275 Nicholson Hall (HSTM Friday Colloquium Series)

Nov. 2:
"‘A Natural Development’: W.D. Hamilton, the Theory of Inclusive Fitness, and Biological Explanations of Social Discord in the 1960s."  Sarah Swenson, PH.D., University of Minnesota.
12:20-1:10pm, 555 Diehl Hall

Dec. 4:
"Method and Morals in William Harvey's Philosophical Anatomy.”  Peter Distelzweig, Department of Philosophy, University of St. Thomas
3:35-5:00PM, 275 Nicholson Hall (HSTM Friday Colloquium Series)

Dec. 7: 
“Schuster Brewing Company, Rochester, Minnesota: Medicinal Tonic, Temperance, and Top Brass.”  Christopher J. Boes, M.D., Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Center for the History of Medicine, and Associate Professor of Neurology and History of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
A C. C. and Dawn Clawson Lecture in the History of Medicine
12:20-1:10pm, 555 Diehl Hall


For additional information, contact the Program in the History of Medicine at hmed@umn.edu or 612-624-4416.


History of Medicine Lectures Spring 2015

Feb. 2, 2015:
"The Demography of Abortion in the Nineteenth-Century United States." J. David Hacker, PHD, Dept. of History, Univ. of Minnesota.
12:20-1:10pm, 555 Diehl Hall

Feb. 13, 2015:
"Spanning Cultural Difference in Food and Health." Craig Hassel, PHD, Dept. of Food, Science, and Nutrition, Univ. of Minnesota.
3:35pm-5:00pm, 275 Nicholson Hall

Feb. 27, 2015:

"From Plants to Pills: Take Bitter Roots for Malaria." Abena Dove Osseo-Asare, PHD, Dept. of History, Univ. of Texas at Austin.
3:35pm-5:00pm, 131 Tate Lab of Physics (HSTM Friday Colloquium series)

History of Medicine Lectures Fall 2014

October 6, 2014
“‘A Life of Constructive Usefulness’” William J. Mayo, 1861-1939.”
Peter Kernahan, M.D., Ph.D., University of Minnesota

November 3, 2014
“A Disease Best Described by its Etymology? Hysteria in France at the turn of the 19th Century.”
Sabine Arnaud, Ph.D., Max Planck Institute.

December 1, 2014
“The Detroit Medical Center: Race, Renewal, and the Medicalized Motor City after 1950.”
Jessica Nickrand, Doctoral Candidate, University of Minnesota

News

Awards

Awards

Dominique Tobbell, Ph.D. was awarded the J. Worth Estes Prize at the annual meeting for the American Association for the History of Medicine for the best published article in the history of pharmacology. Dr. Tobbell received the award for her co-authored article with Daniel P. Carpenter, Harvard University, "Bioequivalence: The Regulatory Career of a Pharmaceutical Concept," Bulletin of the History of Medicine (2011) 85(1): 93-131.

HMED graduate student Elizabeth Semler has been awarded a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award. Liz was also recently awarded the 2014 K. Austin Kerr Prize by the Business History Conference for her presentation, “Public Health or Industry Health? U.S. Government Responses to the 1970s Dietary Cholesterol-Heart Disease Controversy,” at the BHC Annual Meeting in Frankfurt, Germany in March 2014.

HMED graduate student Jessica Nickrand has been awarded a University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for 2013-2014. Jessica is also receiving a Bordin/Gillette Researcher Travel Fellowship to the Bentley Historical Library, a Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation Research Grant, and a UMN Program in the History of Science and Technology Summer 2013 Research Travel Grant.

HMED graduate student Emily Hagens has been chosen as a recipient of the Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Grant, 2013-2014, by Yale University's Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. She will be working on her project Italian Laywomen's Medical Practice: Knowledge Transfer in Sixteenth-Century Venice. She has also been awarded an Eyler Summer 2013 Research Travel Grant from the UMN Program in the History of Medicine. Emily and Lois Hendrickson, curator of the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, were awarded a grant from the Center for the Pre-Modern World to develop a workshop on the interdisciplinary use of manuscript recipes. In spring 2015, they will host a group of 8-10 scholars from across the university working on early modern recipes in the Wangensteen Library’s collections.

Program News

Program News

Recent Publications

Dominique Tobbell, “‘Coming to Grips with the Nursing Question’: The Politics of Nursing Education Reform in 1960s’ America.” Nursing History Review (2014) 22: 37-60.

Jole Shackelford, Northern Lights and Northern Times: Swedish Leadership in the Foundation of Biological Rhythms Research, American Philosophical Society, 2013. 

Dominique Tobbell, "Plow, Town, and Gown: The Politics of Family Practice in 1960s America," Bulletin of the History of Medicine 87 (2013): 648-680.

Jennifer Gunn, " Back to the Future: Minnesota's Rural Health Workforce Shortages,” Minnesota Medicine 96 (2013): 41-45.

Recent Presentations

Jessica Nickrand, “The Detroit Medical Center, Healthcare Provision, and the Quieted Voice of Detroit’s Black Population, 1956-1985.” Biannual Meeting of the Urban History Association, Philadelphia, PA, October 11, 2014.

Dominique Tobbell, “Boundary Work: Nursing Theory, Knowledge Production, and the Development of the Nursing Ph.D.” Annual Meeting of the American Association for the History of Nursing, Hartford, CT, September 20, 2014.

Interviews/Media/Blogs

Dominique Tobbell was interviewed by Carmen Peota for Minnesota Medicine see, Carmen Peota, “The Politics of the Plow,” Minnesota Medicine (Sept. 2014) 97(9): 10.

Emily Hagens and Lois Hendrickson, curator of the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine were interviewed for the blog, The Recipes Project: “First Monday Chat: Wangensteen Library, The Recipes Project, September 1, 2014, http://recipes.hypotheses.org

Emily Hagens, “Monastic Domestic Medicine in Italy,” The Recipes Project, June 26, 2014, http://recipes.hypotheses.org