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Conference: A History of the Medical Book
Rothenberg Hall, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
San Marino, CA
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Conference: A History of the Medical Book
Friday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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. Rothenberg Hall

Registration for this 2-day conference is $25, with an optional buffet lunch each day for $20.

Conference registration is $10 for current Huntington docents, and free for current Long-Term Fellows and students with a current Student I.D. Please bring your current I.D. to event day check-in. Students, please note school affiliation after your name when registering.

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 Marg├│csy (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


Rothenberg Hall, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (View)
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
United States



Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: The Huntington
On BPT Since: Aug 19, 2013
Juan Gomez

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