Chicago 2014

Chicago 2014

The AAHM Local Arrangements Committee and the University of Chicago Medicine invite you to Chicago, IL, May 8-11, 2014 for the 87th annual meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine.


The AAHM Program Committee has assembled a program featuring panels, discussions and traditional paper sessions featuring an international group of scholars.

View the preliminary program.

Sigerist Circle Program

The AAHM Program Committee  has launched a  conference blog to build up conversations before, during, and after the Chicago meeting. The blog will allow participants to link documents, images, and other digital media to their panels. Join in the discussion by visiting the blog today: AAHM 2014 Conference Blog.


Pre-meeting registration is now closed.  You may register onsite beginning on Thursday, May 8. See the  paper registration form for fees and activities.

Cancellation policy: Individuals canceling and requesting a refund by May 1, 2014 will receive a full refund minus a $25.00 processing fee.

Meeting Hotel

The meeting hotel is the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel at 1 West Wacker Drive. Telephone 312.372.7200. Conference room rate is $199.  To make reservations, click here or call 1-800-HOTELS-1. Chicago hotel tax is 16.40%

Alternate housing: Club Quarters Hotel located at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. Nightly room rates range from $126 to $161. For those who wish to book at the Club Quarters, please use code UC5814 when making your reservations via email at Reservations may also be made by calling (203) 905-2100, Monday-Friday, 7:00am-11:00pm, Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm, and Sunday, 10:00am-6:00pm (Eastern Standard Time) before the cutoff date of Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Individuals should identify themselves with the University of Chicago and the American Association for the History of Medicine Meeting. Chicago hotel tax is 16.40%

A limited number of accommodations are available for students who prefer an inexpensive and comfortable alternative and do not mind traveling a short distance by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) train or taking a one mile walk to the University Center-Conference Chicago at 525 S State Street.   This location has single rooms, suites, and apartments with accommodations ranging from $ 54-$78 per night. Please call LaChandra Simon at (312) 924-8089 for reservations and mention you are with the AAHM.

Special Events

Photo: Justin Kern (cc-by-nc)

Photo: Justin Kern (cc-by-nc)

University of Chicago Tour, Thursday, May 8, 2014 2:00-5:00pm

The Local Arrangements Committee is offering a tour of the University of Chicago. Highlights include a visit to Regenstein Special Collections Research Center, the Smart Museum of Art, and the medical center to view a special exhibition designed to coincide with the AAHM annual meeting entitled  “Imaging/imagining- the Human Body in Anatomic Representation.” The tour will also include a stop at the recently renovated Mansueto Library designed by Helmut Jahn. The state-of-the-art library includes art conservation and digitization laboratories with an impressive automated storage and retrieval system. A final stop on the tour is the new University of Chicago hospital, The Center for Care and Discovery. The hospital’s “sky lobby” has a most extraordinary view of downtown, the lakefront and the south side of Chicago and its environs. It promises to be a memorable visit. Tour is free but registration is required.

“Imaging/Imagining the Body as Text” Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery, March 25, 2014 – June 20, 2014

The Body as Text explores intersections between the arts and sciences across the history of anatomical representation and medical illustration of the human body. From the medieval era to the modern invention of the x-ray, The Body as Text traces this interplay of disciplines until medical imaging diverged and followed its own intellectual and aesthetic paths. Drawn from the holdings of the Special Collections Research Center and the Smart Museum of Art, this exhibition chronicles the shared influences of the arts and sciences and the subsequent avenues each discipline took in their ongoing expressions of the human body.  Works by significant figures including Ketham, Vesalius, Gray, Corinth, and Rodin will be highlighted. The Body as Text is part of a campus-wide program, Imaging/Imagining The Human Body in Anatomical Representation, and runs concurrently with complementary exhibitions at two other venues: The Body as Art, at the Smart Museum of Art; andThe Body as Data, at the John Crerar Library.

Tour of American Medical Association Archives, Thursday, May 8 2:30-5:00pm

The American Medical Association, located right across the Chicago River at 330 N Wabash, has offered a special tour of the AMA archives for AAHM attendees. Those who register for the experience will tour historical displays, learn about AMA’s Historical Health Fraud and Alternative Medicine Collection, attend a topic presentation and be treated to a bird’s eye view of Chicago from the organization’s spectacular 47th floor conference center.

Special Screening: “Digital Short Films in the History of Medicine,” Thursday, May 8 5:30-7:00pm 

Join us for a special screening of digital shorts portraying the history of medicine in film. Come view some innovate ways to teach and present research on the history of medicine.


Photo: Jamie McCaffrey (cc-by)

Photo: Jamie McCaffrey (cc-by)

There are many options for traveling to the Renaissance from either O’Hare or Midway Airports. Cab fares will range between $ 35-45 from O’Hare and between $25-35 from Midway. For those opting to use public transportation, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) provides train service. From O’Hare: take the Blue Line train to Lake Street station. From Midway: take the Orange Line train to Lake Street Station. Should you need a wheelchair accessible cab, please call 1.855.WAV.1010.

GO Airport Express offers shared ride shuttle services, with shuttles departing from O’Hare and Midway Airports every 10 minutes for Downtown Hotels.  Click Here to make your advance shuttle reservations OR call 800-284-3826 and use the code “AAHM14” to receive your 10% discount.

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