Wednesday, March 10, 2010

'Round about roundup

So many interesting medical history events and activities upcoming, it's hard to keep up! Here's a roundup of some that have recently come to our attention:

Two exciting local lectures are fast approaching:
April 8: Sherwin Nuland, MD, author of The Soul of Medicine and How We Die will discuss "The Artist Observes the Doctor: Half a Millennium of Scrutiny." The presentation will take place in Corvallis, OR, at Oregon State University in the LaSells Stewart Center (adjacent to Reser Football Stadium). It will begin at 7:00 PM. Public is most welcome.

April 13: Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (the story behind HeLa cells used for decades in biomedical research) will present a discussion of her book at 4:00 PM in the OHSU School of Nursing Auditorium. A book signing will follow the presentation. Public is welcome.

The Flexner Report is turning 100! To celebrate its birthday, the Jewish Hospital and University of Louisville School of Medicine are sponsoring an all-day conference, May 4, 2010, on "the biographical details of Flexner’s life and the importance of the Flexner Report as an enduring historical document, its impact on medical education and its contemporary relevance." You can get more information on the conference and register online at the centennial web site.

The Canadian Public Health Association is celebrating their centennial in style, with a web site and a forthcoming history titled "Constant Vigilance: The Story of Public Health in Canada." The web site includes a "Milestone of the Day" and browsable lists of milestones back to 1867. A "Profiles in Public Health" section includes photographs and biographical sketches of notable figures.

The National Library of Medicine (U.S.) has launched its Directory of History of Medicine Collections database online. Available as a printed directory for a number of years, the directory's database version "is keyword searchable, with the ability to refine your search results by categories: organization type, state/province, country, collection subject strengths, and organization name." You'll see us listed here, along with our friends down the Hill at the National College of Natural Medicine.

The 2012 Oregon Woman Suffrage Centennial is in the planning stage and is now getting a boost from the Oregon Historical Quarterly, which "plans to use the upcoming 2012 centennial of the achievement of woman suffrage in Oregon as a catalyst for promoting new scholarship on the subject of women and citizenship in the state." The journal has put out a call for proposals for both manuscripts for publication and panel speakers for the November 2010 conference "Game Changers and History Makers: Women in Pacific Northwest History." More information on the conference can be found online here. Note that the deadline is March 29. Contact OHQ editor Eliza Canty-Jones for details at eliza.canty-jones[at]

(And with the roundup theme, I could put in a plug for the new show at the Oregon Historical Society on the Pendleton Roundup--but that might be going too far...)

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