Sigerist Circle

Sigerist Circle 2013 Program

Emory Conference Center Oak Amphitheater
Thursday, 16 May 2013

  • 2:00pm Scholarly Session
  • Immediately following the Scholarly Session will be a Critical Meeting to discuss the future of the Sigerist Circle. 

Scholarly Session:

Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Health Care Histories as Activist History

This year’s Sigerist Circle Scholarly Session focuses on broadening the scope of the the New Social History in the history of medicine.  While many scholars seem to have focused on twentieth century research topics, this year’s panel broadens this critical social history to explore issues of class, poverty, resistance and power in the eighteenth and nineteenth century.
  • Moderator: Naomi Rogers, Yale University
  • Carla Bittel, Loyola Marymount University: Making and Breaking Hierarchies: The Political Problems of Phrenology
  • Martin Summers, Boston College: Race and Moral Treatment at Saint Elizabeths Hospital; Or, Reconciling State Racism and the Soteriological Vision of Health in a Nineteenth-Century Asylum
  • Hilary Smith, Dickinson College: From Scholar to Pauper: Remaking Jiaoqi into Beri-Beri in 19th c. East Asia

Comments & Discussion by the audience

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