Congratulations to the 2020 AAHM Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2020 AAHM award winners announced at the Associations’ virtual business meeting on May 9, 2020.

William Osler Medal: Daniel Huang of Queens University  School of Medicine for his paper, “Cyber Solace: Historicizing an Online Forum for Depression 1990-1999.”

Richard H. Shryock Medal Honorable Mention: Brad Bolman of Harvard University for his essay, “In the Animal House: Salvage, Rabies, and Labor in Birmingham”

Richard H. Shryock Medal Honorable Mention: Sara Ray of the University of Pennsylvania for her paper, “Origin Stories: Mothers, Midwives, and Monstrous Births”

Richard H. Shryock Medal: Emer Lucey of the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her essay,“Beauty and Joy: The Aesthetics of Autism and Down Syndrome”

Fielding H. Garrison Lecturer for 2021: Janet L. Golden, Professor Emerita Rutgers University

J. Worth Estes Prize: Sabrina Minuzzi for her article, “‘Quick to say Quack’ Medicinal Secrets from the Household to the Apothecary’s Shop in Eighteenth-century Venice,” in Social History of Medicine.

Jack D. Pressman-Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Development Award in 20th Century History of Medicine or Biomedical Sciences Award: Dr. Wangui Muigai Assistant Professor at Brandeis University to support her Book Project, “Infant Death in the Black Experience”

George Rosen Prize: Guillaume Lachenal for his bookThe Lomidine Files: The Untold Story of a Medical Disaster published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

William H. Welch Medal: Nicole Barnes for her book Intimate Communities: Wartime Healthcare and the Birth of Modern China, 1937-1945 published by the University of California Press.

Genevieve Miller Lifetime Achievement Award: Theodore M. Brown

Congratulations to all our winners.

Fellowships: Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine

The Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine invites applications for research fellowships in the history of science, technology and medicine, broadly construed. These fellowships are open to scholars at all stages of their academic career, and will support research travel to Consortium member institutions when research activities can resume.

Scholars residing in Brazil, India and South Africa and working in medical humanities and the history of medicine are eligible for additional support generously provided by the Wellcome Trust.

Access the application here: https://www.chstm.org/fellowships/chstm-fellowships

The Consortium comprises 27 educational and cultural institutions using their exceptional resources to promote academic and public understanding of the history of science, technology and medicine.

The Consortium offers rich opportunities for research. Taken together, its collections of rare books, manuscripts and artifacts are unparalleled in historical depth as well as breadth. The Consortium also provides a vibrant, challenging and collegial community. Fellows participate in public and scholarly events, as well as informal reading and writing groups.

Visit our website at www.chstm.org for further information, including an online application form and a list of current and past fellows. The website also features: information about the fellowship programs of member institutions; descriptions of the exceptional collections in the museums, archives, and libraries of the Consortium; and a Consortium-wide search hub for rare books and manuscripts.

Applications must be submitted online by June 15, 2020.

We look forward to receiving your application. Please email us if you have questions: info@chstm.org.

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Prizes: Waring Historical Library Essay Contests

The W. Curtis Worthington Research Paper Competition is named for Dr. W. Curtis Worthington Jr., former director of the Waring Historical Library. The Award was established to encourage students to contribute to the scholarship about the history of health sciences and to reward those whose work is truly exemplary. Winners receive a financial award and their papers are eligible for publication in special MUSC bicentennial celebration in 2024.

Papers entered in the competition should represent original research in the history of the health sciences. They may cover any historical period and any cultural tradition. Paper topics may include — but are by no means limited to — public health policy and the social context of disease and health; the construction of the medical profession and medical institutions; gender and medical theory or practice; learned medical practitioners as social, political, and economic agents; notions of the human body as the subject of health, disease, and therapeutic intervention; medicine and natural philosophy/science; medicine and the humanities; and the development of health science disciplines such as nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, and allied health fields. The Waring Library Society will grant one award for an undergraduate essay ($1,000) and one award for a graduate essay ($2,000). Entries must be received by May 31st in each contest year.

This competition is open to any degree-seeking individual attending an accredited college or university. Additionally, interns and residents in accredited programs are eligible in the graduate category. Entries may not have been published previously, nor be submitted more than once. A person may submit only one entry each year. The same person may not win the prize during two consecutive years. The WLS Awards Committee reserves the right to not give any or all awards in a particular year.

For submission guidelines and to submit an application for the Worthington Contest, visit the 2020 W. Curtis Worthington, Jr. Essay Contest Application.

The Waring Library Society and the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina invite entries for the Dr. Patricia L. Blanton History of Dentistry Essay Contest.

Papers entered in the Contest should represent original research in the history of dentistry. They may cover any historical period and any cultural tradition.

One prize of $1,000 plus a one-year membership in the Waring Library Society will be awarded each year. The Awards Committee reserves the right to not give any or all awards in a particular year.

Entries may not have been published previously, nor be submitted more than once. A person may submit only one entry each year. The same person may not win first prize during two consecutive years. This competition is open to any degree-seeking individual attending MUSC’s College of Dental Medicine. Entries must be not fewer than 2,500 words nor more than 5,000 words (not including notes and bibliography). Photographs or illustrations should be included whenever possible or appropriate. Manuscripts should be submitted as a Word document or as an unformatted ASCII-preferred document. Send completed application form as an attachment with your submission; do not include any personal identification information in the text of your submission. Entries must be received by March 31st in each contest year.

For more information about this competition, please contact the Waring Historical Library at 843-792-2288 or waringhl@musc.edu.

 

AAHM News: Statement on COVID-19

The officers of the American Association for the History of Medicine are monitoring the spread of COVID-19, and its implications for our annual meeting.  Many professional organizations have cancelled upcoming meetings.  The officers are reviewing statements issued by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are in close contact with the AAHM Local Arrangements and Program Committees.  As of March 10, 2020, the officers and the committees have elected not to cancel the meeting and to continue to follow developments with COVID-19.

It is quite possible that decisions made by the University of Michigan, City of Ann Arbor, State of Michigan, and various federal agencies may take the decision about the annual meeting out of the Association’s hands. As of March 10, 2020, none of the above-mentioned entities have restricted domestic travel or forbidden large meetings.

Some members may want to wait before making a decision to attend the annual meeting. AAHM will make refunds without penalty to all who register if the meeting is cancelled. AAHM also will refund those who have registered and later decide they cannot attend. The AAHM will be flexible about its requirement to register by April 7 for people who appear on the program. In addition, we have waived the late fee so that individuals can register until April 30 at the early registration rate. Our meeting hotels, the Kensington and the Even will hold our reserved room blocks until April 24, 2020.

The AAHM Officers and the Local Arrangements and Program Committees will send another notification to all members and those who have registered for the annual meeting by March 31, or sooner if events warrant.

Susan Lederer

AAHM President

Fellowships: Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce applications are open to its Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, supporting research onsite at the NLM in its historical collections.

The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine provides up to $10,000 to support onsite research in the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine, which span ten centuries, encompass a variety of digital and physical formats, and originate from nearly every part of the globe. The collections also include the Michael E. DeBakey papers—representing the diverse areas in which DeBakey made a lasting impact, such as surgery, medical education, and health care policy—along with the papers of many other luminaries in science and medicine.

Anyone over the age of eighteen, of any academic discipline and status, who has not previously received this Fellowship may apply. Non-U.S. citizens may apply. Group applications should be submitted under the name of a single principal researcher.

For details about the application process and required documents, please visit this website dedicated to the Fellowship.

To apply for the NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine, visit the online application portal.

To receive consideration, all required materials must be submitted to the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES), via the online application portal, by midnight EDT, September 25, 2020. Selected fellows will be notified and awards will be announced in December.

For further information about the materials available for historical research at the National Library of Medicine, please visit https://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/index.html, or contact the NLM’s History of Medicine reference desk by email at NLM Customer Support or by phone 301-402-8878.

The Fellowship was established in 2016 and is supported by The DeBakey Medical Foundation, in honor and memory of Michael E. DeBakey (1908–2008), a legendary American surgeon, educator, and medical statesman. During a career spanning 75 years, his work transformed cardiovascular surgery, raised medical education standards, and informed national health care policy. He pioneered dozens of operative procedures such as aneurysm repair, coronary bypass, and endarterectomy, which routinely save thousands of lives each year, and performed some of the first heart transplants. His inventions included the roller pump (a key component of heart-lung machines) as well as artificial hearts and ventricular assist pumps. He was a driving force in building Houston’s Baylor University College of Medicine into a premier medical center, where he trained several generations of top surgeons from all over the world. He was a visionary supporter of the NLM, playing a pivotal role in its transformation from the Armed Forces Medical Library in the 1950s, in the establishment of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine in the 1960s, in launching NLM’s outreach initiatives in the 1990s, and in promoting the digitization of its indexes to pre-1960s journal articles.

AAHM News: Orals Bibliographies for Students

The AAHM is updating its repository of bibliographies. This repository is a tool to aid graduate students who are building readings lists in preparation for their qualifying examinations in fields related to the History of Medicine.

We are especially seeking new contributions related to the following categories:
– Health Activism
– Disability History
– Drug/Pharmaceutical History
– Gender, Reproduction, and Sexuality in Medicine
– Public Health
– Medical Ethics
– Race and Medicine
– Medical/Health Humanities
– Homeopathy/Alternative Medicine
– Miscellaneous
These categories are permeable in nature and only represent a general grouping, rather than strict sub-disciplinary divisions. That being said, we welcome a variety of types of comp lists that speak to the History of Medicine or Medical/Health Humanities.
If you would like to contribute your exam book list to the repository, please email it in .pdf form to the Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee, Claire Clark (claire dot clark at uky dot edu). We ask that you redact all personally identifying information (i.e. your name, institution, and examiner).

Fellowships: New York Academy of Medicine 2020

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020 cycle of The New York Academy of Medicine Library’s two history of medicine fellowships: the Paul Klemperer Fellowship in the History of Medicine and the Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Public Health.  Information about the two residential fellowships, along with application materials and instructions for applying, can be found here: https://www.nyam.org/awards-grants/library-fellowships/

For questions about the application process or the collections contact:  Arlene Shaner, MA MLS |  Historical Collections Librarian Library,
212.822.7313 office | ashaner@nyam.org

Congratulations to the 2019 AAHM Award Winners

The American Association for the History of Medicine honored the following individuals at its award ceremony on April 27, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio, TN as part of the 92nd annual meeting:

Osler Medal: Tiffany Kay Brocke, Johns Hopkins University, “Race and Reputation: The Influence of the Johns Hopkins Hospital on Abortion Access in Baltimore, 1945-1973.”; Honorable mention: Christopher Magoon, University of Pennsylvania, “Mao’s Pacifist ‘Friends’: The Friends Ambulance Unit and the Limits of Medical Humanitarianism in China”

Shryock Medal: Kevin George McQueeney, Department of History, Georgetown University, “The City That Care Forgot: The Long Civil Rights Struggle Over African American Health and the Perpetuation of Apartheid Healthcare in Twentieth Century New Orleans”; Honorable mention: Spencer J. Weinreich, Department of History, Princeton University, “Legal and Medical Authority in the Newgate Smallpox Experiment (1721)”

J. Worth Estes Prize:Aimee Medeiros and Elizabeth Siegel Watkins, “Live Longer Better: The Historical Roots of Human Growth Hormone as Anti-Aging Medicine, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 73 (3 2018): 333-359

Pressman-Burroughs Wellcome: Joelle Abi-Rached, Columbia University

George Rosen Prize: Sarah Leavitt, curator “Architecture of an Asylum: St Elizabeth’s 1852-2017”, National Building Museum, Washington, DC

Welch Medal: Pablo Gómez, The Experiential Caribbean: Creating Knowledge and Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic (University of North Carolina Press, 2017)

Genevieve Miller Lifetime Achievement Award: Jacalyn Duffin

The Garrison Lecturer for 2020: Evelynn M. Hammonds, Chair, Department of the History of Science, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

Lectures: Online CME in the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

The Department of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins is proud to introduce new online Continuing Medical Education modules that provide a historical perspective on issues of relevance to clinical practice today.

For more information on these CME modules entitled “Professionalism in Historical Context” and “History of Global Health,” visit https://www.hopkinshistoryofmedicine.org/content/online-cme-modules-history-medicine-0.