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Shannon Lectures 2016 – Critical Care: Treatment of Body and Mind in Social and Cultural History

rush-medical-college-yearbookThe Shannon Lectures in History is a series of thematically linked public lectures offered annually at Carleton University made possible through the Shannon Donation, a major anonymous gift from a friend of the Department of History. In recent years, renowned Canadian and international scholars have explored animals and history, food and drink in history, the history of emotions, and how storytelling and history intersect.

The Shannon Lecture Series for 2016 examines the social, intellectual and cultural history of health, sickness, disease and medicine. The lectures will consider cultural perceptions of the body, health and illness and will tease out the shifting patterns of treatment.

About this year’s series:

Co-convenors: Christine Chisholm and Susanne M. Klausen

The History Department’s Shannon Lecture Series for 2016, commencing September 30, examines the social, intellectual and cultural history of health, sickness, disease and medicine. The lectures will consider cultural perceptions of the body, health and illness and will tease out some of the shifting patterns of treatment over the past three hundred years. It is the first lecture series at Carleton University to foreground medical history, reflecting a renewed academic interest in health issues that are currently being pursued in different departments.

Medical history is a complex, multi-faceted field of historical inquiry that touches on almost every other aspect of historical study, including politics, religion, science, gender, race and culture. Scholars in this field are captivated by the many ways it can provide glimpses into the mindsets of people in the past, and by the relevance of past concepts of disease and medicine to current heath care challenges. While one lecture series is unable to capture all the intriguing aspects of this historical field, we are thrilled to welcome four scholars who will draw attention to a diverse spectrum of topics, including mental health, disability, First Nations’ experience in the healthcare system, and even death. This public lecture series is made possible by the Shannon Fund, an endowment created by an anonymous friend of the Department of History.


Friday, September 30, 2016

“Trials of Madness: Civil Law and Lunacy in a Trans-Atlantic World During the 18th and 19th Centuries”

Dr. James Moran (Department of History, University of Prince Edward Island)

Special Reception Event: During the reception guests will have the opportunity to explore the Remedies, Elixirs, and Medical Men exhibit from the Pinhey’s Point Foundation, which explores health care in nineteenth-century March Township and Bytown, drawing on documentation and artifacts from Ottawa’s Pinhey family and their circle. The Hon. Hamnett Pinhey apprenticed in London with a surgeon, and though he never practised the profession he brought a ship apothecary kit and numerous medical books with him to Canada in 1820 and assisted neighbours with medical problems on the frontier in the absence of physicians.  The exhibit also surveys the lives of Dr A.J. Christie of Bytown, Pinhey’s son-in-law Dr Hamnett Hill, and Christie’s grandson who had a pharmacy on Sparks Street in the 1870s and an aerated water factory on Queen.  These Ottawa personalities and a selection of Pinhey’s 18th and 19th century medical books are set in the context of changing medical knowledge over the course of the 19th century.

The exhibition will be housed in Carleton University’s Department of History, 4th floor Paterson Hall, from September through December 2016.


Friday, October 14, 2016

“Escaping Judgement/Embracing Judgement: Disability, Protection and Liberty in Twentieth Century Ontario”

Dr. Melanie Panitch (School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University)

Co-sponsored by the Disability Studies Program, Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies

Special Reception Event: During the reception of the October 14th lecture, Carleton University’s Disability Research Group will launch Envisioning Technologies, an accessible exhibit dedicated to the history of educational technologies for people who are blind or partially sighted in Canada from 1820-present.


Friday, November 18, 2016
“Medicare and Medicine Chests:  Indian Hospitals and the Construction of National Health in Postwar Canada”

Dr. Maureen Lux (Department of History, Brock University)

Co-sponsored by the Department of Health Sciences


Friday, December 2, 2016

“A Cultural History of Caring for the Dead Body”

Dr. Thomas Laqueur (Department of History, UC Berkeley)


The lecture will take place in the Multi-Media Lab, Discovery Centre (482), 4th floor MacOdrum Library starting at 2:30pm, followed by a reception in the History Lounge (433PA) at 4pm.

The Shannon series was announced on the blog Historiens de la santé yesterday.

UCL/British Psychological Society History of the Psychological Disciplines Series: Beverley Butler – ‘From Heritage Syndromes to Refugee Syndromes’ (2 March 2015)

UCL/British Psychological Society History of the Psychological Disciplines Seminar Series

Monday 2 March 2015

Dr. Beverley Butler (UCL)

‘From Heritage Syndromes to Refugee Syndromes’

Can certain heritage forms – whether imagined as historical or sacred
and/or as otherwise salient sites — exert efficacies capable of
transformative encounter? Can such loci affect cure and healing and/or
turn otherwise ‘normal’ people ‘mad’? Phrased differently again – can
heritage be rendered redemptive and/or pathological – therapeutic or

My paper fore-fronts the phenomenon of the ‘Jerusalem Syndrome’ – the
term used to describe the ‘episodes’ experienced by some visitors to
Jerusalem who overwhelmed by their encounter with this iconic place
undergo radical transformation. Affecting visitors in varying degrees of
intensity, some (often with little previous religious conviction) come
to see themselves as a specially ordained prophetic, messianic messenger
who, after following ritual preparation often identify with a key
religious figure (typically as featured in the Abrahamic religions) and
feel compelled to deliver a redemptive message by which the world will
undergo transformation and cure through the articulation of a vision of
a ‘just’ future. The Jerusalem Syndrome has been regarded by some as
both a sudden and an extreme form of religious expression and as
synonymous with intense experiences of ‘wellbeing’ however it has
featured in the pages of the /British Psychiatric Journal/ as a serious
psychiatric concern and designated as a ‘pathological illness’
synonymous with harmful experiences of ‘psychotic decompensation’ and
‘depersonalisation’. I use the ‘Jerusalem syndrome’ and its subsequent
critiques as a means to raise questions about the broader articulation
of ‘heritage syndromes’ in which wellbeing/ illbeing, cure/ harm,
suffering and happiness exist in close proximity. I use ethnographic
research including work undertaken with Palestinian refugees in Jordan
to explore how such groups are encountering this complex and often
potentially harmful act of engaging with heritage as a resource by which
to re-construct self and world, to recover repertoires of resilience,
cosmologies of care and coping strategies synonymous with attempts to
define, control and sustain future wellbeing and secure justice.


Organiser: Professor Sonu Shamdasani (UCL)

Time: 6pm to 7.30 pm

Location: Arts and Humanities Common Room (G24), Foster Court, Malet
Place, University College London

From the Torrington Place entrance to UCL, enter the campus on Malet
Place. After fifty metres, you will find Foser court on the right hand
side. Turn right under the underpass, and enter via the second door on
the right. The common room is straight ahead.

22 September: “Portrait of the psychiatrist as a young man. The early writing and work of RD Laing, 1927-1960” (London)

UCL British Psychological Society History of the Psychological
Disciplines Seminar Series

Monday 22nd September

Dr. Allan Beveridge (Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline)

“Portrait of the psychiatrist as a young man. The early writing and work
of RD Laing, 1927-1960”


For a period in the 1960s, Ronald Laing was the most famous psychiatrist
in the world. His books sold in millions and were translated into many
languages. In his most celebrated work, The Divided Self, published in
1960, he argued that madness was understandable. Laing’s reputation
subsequently went into serious decline, but in recent years there has
been renewed interest in him and a number of biographies and books have
been published. This interest has been fuelled by a disenchantment with
the claims of the neurosciences and an unease about biotechnology.
Laing’s existential approach of treating the patient as a person rather
than a malfunctioning mechanism has new-found appeal.

This paper will look at Laing’s early career up to the publication of
his first book in 1960. It will begin by looking at the major influences
on his work: psychiatric theory; existential analysis; religion; and the
Arts. It will then examine Laing’s early clinical career, firstly in the
British Army, followed by his time as a junior doctor at Gartnavel Royal
Hospital and the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, before his
subsequent move to the Tavistock Clinic in London.

Organiser: Professor Sonu Shamdasani (UCL)

Time: 6pm to 7.30 pm.

Location: Arts and Humanities Common Room (G24), Foster Court, Malet
Place, University College London.

From the Torrington Place entrance to UCL, enter the campus on Malet
Place. After fifty metres, you will find Foser court on the right hand
side. Turn right under the underpass, and enter via the second door on
the right. The common room is straight ahead.

Freud Museum Annual Lecture 2013: How Well Does Freud’s Work Stand the Test of Time? (Allen Frances, MD)

Freud Museum Annual Lecture 2013

The Freud Museum and King’s College London
The Freud Memorial Lecture 2013
Dr. Allen Frances:
How Well Does Freud’s Work Stand the Test of Time?

5 June 2013 7.30pm (doors open at 7.15pm)
Edmond J Safra Theatre, King’s College London, The Strand, WC2R 2LS
Allen Frances, MD, was the Chair of the Task Force that prepared the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV), often called the bible of the American psychiatric profession. However, he has been a vocal critic of the new DSM V, condemning what he calls its diagnostic hyperinflation. His new book, Saving Normal, is part mea culpa, part j‘accuse, and part cri de coeur. It explores why psychiatry has always been subject to so many fads, while deploring the medicalization of everyday human experience and the excessive use of psychiatric medicine.
In the prestigious Freud Memorial Lecture, Dr Frances argues that the current under-estimation of Freud is in part the price for his having been overestimated during his lifetime. ‘It is unwise to worship Freud or the DSM as bibles – but equally unwise not to know them,’ he says. His lecture will draw attention to which of Freud’s contributions he thinks still relevant, which quaint historical artefacts.
A graduate of the Columbia University Psychoanalytic Center, where he taught the Freud course for ten years, Allen Francie is now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, where previously he was Chair.
Convenor: Lisa Appignanesi, Chair of the Freud Museum and visiting Professor in Literature and the Medical Humanities, Kings College London.
The Freud Memorial Lecture is a leading event in the Freud Museum London Events Calendar. In past years it has been delivered by such luminaries as Edward Said, Slavoj Zizek, Adam Phillips and Michael Brearley.

Advance booking recommended. Tickets are free for King’s staff and students.
Contact or +44 (0)20 7435 2002

A History of the Brain – BBC Radio 4

In case you missed it when it aired this past November: BBC Radio 4’s programme on the “History of the Brain“, written and presented by Dr Geoff Bunn, is available on BBC iPlayer.

It contains a series of 15-minute clips on such topics as neurology, electroencephalography, neuroscience, Freud, and phrenology.

You can find all of the episodes here.

Talk and Exhibition: Shakespeare and the Four Humors (Bethesda, Maryland)

History of Medicine Division Lecture
Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Lister Hill Auditorium
NLM Building 38A
Bethesda, MD

Dear NLM Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to the next History of Medicine lecture, to be
held Tuesday, February 28, 2012, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., in Lister Hill

“Shrew Taming and Other Tales of the Four Humors”

Dr. Gail Kern Paster,
Folger Shakespeare Library

William Shakespeare is widely praised for creating the most recognizable
characters in all of literature, yet he understood human behavior in the
terms available to his age–the classical theory of the four humors of
blood, phlegm, choler, and melancholy. These humors accounted for the
health and actions of male and female, young and old, rich man and poor
man. It was the darker emotions of anger and melancholy that preoccupied
Shakespeare, especially as they appeared in the madness of Ophelia and the
shrewish resistance of Katharine Minola to her female destiny of wifely

This lecture is being held in conjunction with NLM’s newest exhibit, “‘And
there’s the humor of it’ – Shakespeare and the four humors,” a display,
online exhibition, and traveling banner exhibition featuring treasures
from NLM and the Folger Shakespeare Library

All are welcome.

Sign language interpretation is provided. Individuals with disabilities
who need reasonable accommodation to participate may contact Stephen
Greenberg at 301-435-4995, e-mail, or the Federal
Relay (1-800-877-8339).

Sponsored by
NLM’s History of Medicine Division
Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD, Chief

Event contact:
Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD
Coordinator of Public Services
History of Medicine Division
National Library of Medicine, NIH

Colloquium on the History of Psychiatry and Medicine (Fall 2011)

The Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education, McLean Hospital


The Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine



David G. Satin, M.D., DLFAPA Director

Open to students of history and those valuing a historical perspective on their professions.

———-Fall, 2011———-

September 15

Sigmund Freud, Free Treatment, and the Viennese Model of Public Mental Health

Elizabeth Ann Danto, Ph.D.: Professor of Social Work and Chair, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Hunter College School of Social Work, City University of New York

October 20

Touring Asylum Remains:  Examining History’s Material Culture

Jennifer L. Bazar, B.A. (Hons), M.A.: History and Theory of Psychology Program, Ph.D. 5, York University, Toronto, Canada

November 17

Wilhelm Reich’s Bion Expriments, 1934-39:  A Unusual Origin of Life Research Programs

James E. Strick, M.S., Ph.D.:  Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Earth and Environment, and Program in Science, Tehnology, and Society, Franklin and Marshall College

December 15

Managing Bodies in the Land of Plenty: A Medical and Cultural History of Obesity in America

Deborah I. Levine, Ph.D. : Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, Providence College American Bodies: Diet, Nutrition, and Obesity in the U.S., 1845-1945 (in process)

4:00 P.M.—5:30 P.M.

Ware Room, fifth floor, Countway Library of Medicine

Harvard Medical Area

For further information contact David G. Satin, M.D., Colloquium Director,

phone/fax 617-332-0032, e-mail:

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