Two cherubs opening a giant medical book

A History of the Medical Book

Fri., Nov. 16, 2018 | 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Rothenberg Hall
Event Notes: 
Add to Calendar 11/16/2018 09:00 AM 11/16/2018 05:00 PM America/Los_Angeles A History of the Medical Book Visit page - The Huntington - Rothenberg Hall

This conference brings together a range of perspectives on medical texts that emphasize their lives as books, bringing together the disciplines of the history of medicine and of book history. Speakers will explore a wide variety of medical genres in diverse chronological contexts, posing questions about change and continuity in the nature of the medical book.

Conference Schedule


9:15 a.m. - Registration & Coffee

9:45 a.m. - Welcome: Steve Hindle (The Huntington)

Opening Remarks: Mary Fissell (Johns Hopkins University)

10 a.m. - Session 1: Becoming Canonical 
Moderator: Joel Klein (The Huntington)

Daniel Margócsy (Cambridge University) 
Vesalius Copied

Carin Berkowitz (Chemical Heritage Foundation)
Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical - A Textbook for All Classrooms?

12 p.m. - Lunch

1 p.m. - Session 2: Books in Practice - Breakout Sessions

Teaching with Rare Books
After Vesalius
Manuscripts to Print  
Making an Early Modern Book
Tour of Conservation Department
Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt on Book History

1:45 p.m. - Break

2 p.m. - Session 3: Books as Technologies
Moderator: Daniel Lewis (The Huntington)

Carla Bittel (Loyola Marymount University) 
Boxes of Traits and Volumes of Knowledge: Phrenology Books as Medical Technologies

Projit Mukharji (University of Pennsylvania)
Written in Red: Red Ink, Print Culture and Therapeutic Mantras

Wendy Kline (Purdue University)
Mimeographed Medicine: Alternative Birth Newsletters in the 1970s


9:30 a.m. - Registration & Coffee

10 a.m. - Session 4: Readers & Reception 
Moderator: Jessica Rosenberg (University of Miami)

Jennifer Richards (Newcastle University) 
Speaking Cures

Mary Fissell
Under the Bed and in the Factory Canteen: 20th-Century Readers of Aristotles Masterpiece

12 p.m. - Lunch

1 p.m. - Session 5: Becoming Print
Moderator: Seth LeJacq (Duke University)

Lori Jones (University of Ottawa)
The Changing Language of Plague Treatises

Kathleen Crowther (University of Oklahoma)
Gabriele Zerbis De generatione embrionis"

3 p.m. - Break

3:15 p.m. - Session 6: Knowledge in Motion
Moderator: Mary Terrall (UCLA)

Harold Cook (Brown University)
The Importance of Translation in English Medical Publishing in the 17th Century

Nancy Tomes (Stony Brook)
The Medical Reference Book: from Physician Mainstay to Consumer Bible