2014 Medical History publications and projects under the spotlight

June 2015

Co-written by Marcos Cueto and Steven Palmer the book Medicine and Public Health in Latin America was presented during the event.

Co-written by Marcos Cueto and Steven Palmer the book Medicine and Public Health in Latin America was presented during the event.

On 30 May – 1 June 2015 the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine held its 11th Annual Conference at the University of Ottawa hosted and organized by the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at Queen’s University. This is a traditional event where authors of books or other major projects that have come out in the preceding year get two minutes to tell their colleagues about them.

Most of the papers presented during conference sessions are from work in progress. This year, the master of ceremonies duties fell to the engaging Casey Hurell, who had organized the list.  Casey is a doctoral student at Queen’s who delivered a timely conference paper on the prevention of war as primary care from the 1950s through the 1980s.

The list included Steven Palmer’s Canadian Treasury blog project, as well as the book Medicine and Public Health in Latin America: A History, co-written with Marcos Cueto, professor at Fiocruz, Brazil’s history of medicine, science and technology research institute.

Other highlights at the event were:

“Video Interviews with Medical Researchers in Canada”, a new website supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, a powerful online tool compiled by Aubie Angel and Michael Bliss of the University of Toronto.

Parmi Les Fous: Une Histoire Sociale de la Psychiatrie au 20e Siecle by Benoit Majerus.

Désinstitutionalisation psychiatrique en Acadie, en Ontario francophone et au Québec [Psychiatric De-institutionalization in Acadia, francophone Ontario and Quebec] (Presses de l’Université du Québec) edited by Marie-Claude Thifault and Henri Dorvil.

A new Heritage Minute on the history of Canadian nursing in the First World War was introduced by Michelle Filice, a doctoral candidate at Wilfred Laurier University, who worked on the project.

Jonathan Reinarz spoke on two new books: Complaints, Controversies and Grievances in Medicine, a collection co-edited with Rebecca Wynter, and his solo-authored, long-time labour of love, Past Scents: Historical Perspectives on Smell, published by the University of Illinois Press.

A rare mother-daughter collaboration in the history of medicine. Vesna Blažina proudly presented her new McGill-Queen’s University Press book, Expelling the Plague: The Health Office and the Implementation of Quarantine in Dubrovnik, 1377-1533, co-written with her mum, Zlata Blažina Tomić.

Susan Lamb of McGill University introduced her book Pathologist of the Mind: Adolf Meyer and the Origins of American Psychiatry published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Alexandre Klein of the Université d’Ottawa, announced his new work, Histoire de la santé (18e-20e siècles): Nouvelles approches francophones.

Juanita De Barros of McMaster University presented her new book, Reproducing the British Caribbean: Sex, Gender, and Population Politics after Slavery, fresh out with the University of North Carolina Press.

Sandra Menenteau spoke on her book, L’autopsie judiciaire. Histoire d’une pratique ordinaire au XIXe siècle [The Judicial Autopsy. History of a common 19th-century practice.] (Presses Universitaires de Rennes).

Christine Hallett’s Veiled Warriors: Allied Nurses of the First World War was presented by Carol Helmstader, who has an essay in Hallett’s other new book, One Hundred Years of Nursing Practices, 1854-1953 (Manchester University Press).

Finally, Erika Dyck of the University of Saskatchewan, a Canada Research Chair and historian of medical psychedelics and eugenics spoke on a special issue of the Canadian Journal of History (vol. 49, no. 3). She was then joined by Kenton Kroker of York University’s Science and Technology Studies, who are the new editors of the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History. This is the CSHM’s own journal, that is open access and bilingual. Ideas and manuscripts can be sent to: editor@cbmh-bchm.ca.

Source: A Canadian Treasury of Medical History blog

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