We are glad to announce that the honor of the 10th Wellcome LibraryRoy Porter lecture has been bestowed on our Dorothy Porter, Professor in the History of Health Sciences, who will present her current research on 'Creative Disabililty and the Shaking Palsy: Approaching a history of Parkinson's Disease'.
Coming up next week at the DAHSM as part of the 'Women's Health and Empowerment Series', Sahra Gibbon, PhD, Wellcome Trust Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of London, will give a seminar titled 'Making future histories: risk, prevention and potential of cancer genetics in Southern Brazil'. The presentation will provide a window on how cancer genetics is being constituted as part of a global field of transnational research and local health care, drawing on Sahra's ethnographic research in cancer genetic clinics in urban centres within Southern Brazil. Sahara will also explore how specific temporal orientations inform these developments and how ‘risk as potential’ and the ‘potential for risk’ comes to dynamically inform the pursuit of prevention, care, and knowledge as part of a collective yet diversely constituted pursuit of preventative care.
The Second International Health Humanities Conference - Music, Health, and Humanity 9, 10, 11 August, 2012 - Montclair State University. The Colleges of the Arts, of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA, are hosting the Second International Health Humanities Conference on August 9-11, 2012. In accordance with the interdisciplinary nature of the Health Humanities, the participation of colleagues from music, other arts disciplines, the humanities, and clinical health backgrounds who wish to join in an exploration concerning the various relationships among music, health, and humanity is encouraged. Also individual and group (colloquium) presentations addressing theory, practice, and/or research (in progress or completed), concerning questions and issues pertinent to the conference theme are encouraged.
On October 27, 2012, Birbeck University in London, sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, will hold a one-day conference exploring the nature of pain in old age between the 18th and the 20th centuries through the lens of the humanities. The conference strives to be wide-ranging in terms of disciplines, methodologies, and approaches. In doing so, it seeks to engage both panellists and audience in discussion, dialogue, and debate, with the aim to facilitate new ways of thinking about both the nature of pain and what it means to be old.
DAHSM is glad to announce the publication of a new book, "Prescribed. Writing, Filling, Using, and Abusing the Prescription in Modern America" edited by Elizabeth S. Watkins, professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the History of Health Sciences Program at UCSF, and Jeremy A. Greene, Assistant Professor of the History of Science, and the Harvard Medical School Division of Pharmacoepidemiology, and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women's Hospital.The book, titled "Prescribed" and aptly subtitled "Writing, Filling, Using, and Abusing the Prescription in Modern America" is a first of its kind in exploring the politics of therapeutic authority and the relations between knowledge and practice in modern medicine. The tale of the prescription is one of constant struggles over and changes in medical and therapeutic authority and, as pointed out by Watkins and Greene, America has had a long love affair with the prescription. It is much more than the written “script” or a manufactured medicine, professionally dispensed and taken, and worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year. As an object, it is uniquely illustrative of the complex relations among the producers, providers, and consumers of medicine in modern America. Stakeholders across the biomedical enterprise have alternately upheld and resisted, supported and critiqued, and subverted and transformed the power of the prescription. Who prescribes? What do they prescribe? How do they decide what to prescribe? These questions set a society-wide agenda that changes with the times and profoundly shifts the medical landscape. Examining drugs individually, as classes, and as part of the social geography of health care, contributors to this volume explore the history of prescribing, including over-the-counter contraceptives, the patient’s experience of filling opioid prescriptions, restraints on physician autonomy in prescribing antibiotics, the patient package insert, and other regulatory issues in medicine during postwar America.
DAHSM gladly announces that Zero Breast Cancer, a community based non-profit organization in Marin County is bestowing the 13th annual "Honor Thy Healer" award to Nancy Burke, Assistant Professor at DAHSM, for her contributions to our understanding of breast cancer and the healing process, and community health. In particular, Nancy Burke and Claudia Guerra, from the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, have collaborated with Zero Breast Cancer in community-based research and educational programs for Latinas and younger women.
Allison Tillack, PhD Candidate of the joint UC Berkeley and UCSF Medical Anthropology Program, will defend tomorrow her PhD dissertation with a talk focused on exploring some of the unexpected consequences of the widespread adoption of PACS (picture archiving and communication systems), a technology for storing and displaying medical images.
In the storm that has erupted over Invisible Children’s Kony 2012 campaign, one conclusion that people on all sides of the controversy tend to agree upon is the deep, even desperate, need for more information about the conflict in northern Uganda. In an effort to respond to this demand, a group of scholars and activists with extensive experience in the region have come together to develop an on-line resource for those seeking to learn more about the conflict, its legacy in Uganda, and the LRA-associated violence in central Africa. It is our aim that the materials found <a href="http://makingsenseofkony.org/"