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American Institute of the History of Pharmacy. The institute invites applications for the Fischelis Grant for Research in the History of Pharmacy. Deadline for receipt of applications: 1 March 1996. For further information, contact: American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, Pharmacy Building, 425 North Charter Street, Madison, WI 53706-1508 (tel.: 608-262-5378).

Bakken Library and Museum. An exhibit entitled “It’s Alive! The Science and Myth of Frankenstein,” is on display at the Bakken Library and Museum in Minneapolis from 9 September 1995 to 31 August 1996. It features copies of the first and later editions of Mary Shelley’s book, works by members of her literary circle from 1816 to 1818 (around the time the book was written), relevant scientific books of that era, a replica of Victor Frankenstein’s laboratory, and a selection of related scientific instruments and medical devices. For further information, contact David Rhees, Director, The Bakken, 3537 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55416 (tel.: 612-927-6508; e-mail

Barcelona. “Health in Europe: One Thousand Years of History” was the title of an exhibition at the Casa de Cultura, Girona, Spain, 5–15 September 1995. The exhibit was organized by the Unidad de Historia de la Ciencia, Instituciruments and medical devices. For furtd’Investigaciones Científiques, Barcelona, Spain, and coordinated by Jon Arrizabalaga, Alvar Martínez Vidal, and José Pardo Tomás.

Berlin. On 28 September 1995, the Berlin Museum of Ethnology in Berlin-Dahlen opened an exhibition entitled “Chinese Medicine in Historical Objects and Images.” Including more than 1,100 items from the ninth through the twentieth centuries, this exhibition displays objects associated with the practice of traditional Chinese medicine. All objects come from the private collection of Paul Unschuld of Munich. The centerpiece of the exhibit is an original Chinese apothecary’s shop from the early nineteenth century, surrounded by the many types of instruments and containers used to prepare and dispense drugs. Also shown are instruments used by Chinese physicians to diagnose and treat illnesses, items explaining the close link between Chinese health care and religion, as well as rare examples of medical subjects in Chinese art. A large part of the exhibit was devoted to Chinese medical literature, with an emphasis on private manuscripts and illustrated books. An illustrated catalogue by Paul U. Unschuld was published by Prestel Publishing Company, Munich. After nine months in Berlin, the exhibition will travel to several other German cities and, possibly, abroad. [End Page 119]

Brazil. The Sociedade Brasileira de História da Ciência sponsored the V Seminário Nacional de Histó da Ciência e da Tecnologia (Fifth National Seminar on History of Science and Technology), and the III Reunión de la Red de Intercambios para la Historia y la Epistemología de las Ciéncias Químicas y Biológicas (Third Meeting of the Network of Exchanges in History and Epistemology of Chemical and Biological Sciences). The meetings took place concurrently, 24–28 July 1995, in Ouro Preto, Brazil.

Topics and speakers included: “The Chemical Debates of the Seventeenth Century: The Embattled New Science of the Chemists” (Allen G. Debus); “A hermética e o complexo mosaico dos saberes árabes medievais sobre a natureza do Livro do Tesouro de Alexandre” [Hermeticism and the mosaic complex of medieval knowledge about nature in the Book of the Treasure of Alexander] (Ana Maria Alfonso-Goldfarb); “Hacia una farmacia nacional: las primeras farmacopeas del Mexico independiente” [Toward a national pharmacy: the first pharmacopeias of independent Mexico] (Patricia Aceves Pastrana); “Histdo. After nine months in Berlin, ts” [History of research on Chagas’ disease] (Nara Britto and Luiz Otávio Ferreira); “August Weismann e a herança de caracteres adquiridos” [August Weismann and the inheritance of acquired traits] (Luzia Aurelia Casta”Histdo. After nine months in Berlin, t angolana nos séculos XVI a XVIII” [Knowledge of Angolan materia medica in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries] (José Pedro Sousa Dias); “Farmacia y marina a finales del siglo XVIII” [Pharmacy and navigation at the end of the eighteenth century] (Virginia Gonzáles Claverán); “La matéria médica de Antonio de la Cal en...

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