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Bulletin of the History of Medicine 74.2 (2000) 345-350

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American Association for the History of Medicine

Call for Papers, 2001 Annual Meeting. The 2001 meeting will be held 19-22 April 2001, in Charleston, South Carolina. The Association welcomes papers on topics related to the history of health and healing; of medical ideas, practices, and institutions; and of illness, disease and public health--from all eras and regions of the world. The program committee welcomes session proposals and proposals for luncheon workshops; the papers for such sessions will be judged on their individual merits.

All papers must represent original work not already published or in press. Because the Bulletin of the History of Medicine is the official journal of the AAHM, the Association encourages speakers to make their manuscripts available for consideration by the Bulletin.

Please send six copies of a one-page abstract (350 words) to Janet Golden, Ph.D., History Department, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ 08102. Abstracts should not merely state a research question, but describe findings and conclusions. Please also provide the following: Name, preferred mailing address, work and home telephone numbers, present institutional affiliation, and academic degrees. Abstracts must be received by 15 September 2000. E-mail or faxed proposals will not be accepted.

National and International News

Australian Society for the History of Medicine. The Society announces its Seventh Biennial Conference, which will take place in Adelaide, 9-11 April 2001. For further information, contact Brian Fotheringham, Vice-President, Australian Society for the History of Medicine, P.O. Box 1043, West Leederville, W. A. 6901, Australia.

Awards. Dora B. Weiner's book Comprendre et soigner: Philippe Pinel (1745-1826): La médecine de l'esprit (Fayard, 1999) has been awarded the prize for the best book in the history of medicine in 1999 by the Société française d'histoire de la médecine. In addition, Dr. Weiner was recently inducted into the Académie des sciences, inscriptions et belles lettres de Toulouse. [End Page 345]

Change of Publisher. "The Control of Nature" series edited by Harold Cook, Spencer Weart and Margaret Jacob has been bought by Prometheus Books in Amherst, N.Y. All the books are in print, including titles by Eric Brose, David Kennedy, James Jacob, Dobbs/Jacob, Paul Josephson, and Diane Paul, among others. The editor of the series at Prometheus can be reached at

Cornell University-New York Hospital. The History of Psychiatry Section has adopted a new name: it is now known as the Institute for the History of Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

The Richardson History of Psychiatry Research Seminars for Winter 2000 comprised the following presentations: 3 January, Peter J. Swales, "The Creation of Sybil: A Tale of Three Women"; 19 January, Elizabeth Lunbeck, "The Nyphomaniac as Erotic Liar: Between Psychoanalysis and the Law"; 2 February, Fady Hajal, "The Hospital as a Belljar: Sylvia Plath's Perspective on Psychiatric Treatment in the 1950s"; 16 February, Joel Kanter, "The Untold Story of Clare and Donald Winnicott: How Social Work Influenced Modern Psychoanalysis"; 1 March, Gerald Grob, "Disease and Environment in America: Retrospect and Prospect"; and 15 March, Daniel Burston, "Families, Phenomenology, and Schizophrenia."

Great Lakes History Conference. The 25th annual Great Lakes History Conference, sponsored by Grand Valley State University, will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan on 5-6 October 2000. The theme of the conference is "The Uses of History," and the keynote speaker is Richard Norton Smith, Director of the Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum. For further information, contact: Dr. Carolyn Shapiro-Shapin, Department of History, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401 (tel.: 616-895-3445; fax: 616-895-3285; e-mail:

Johns Hopkins University. The Department of the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology presented the following speakers and talks as part of its Spring 2000 program of colloquia: 27 January, Michael Sokal, "Science and Technology Studies at the NSF"; 3 February, Michael Sappol, "Boop a Doop: Choreographing the Human-Machine Nexus in Jazz-Age Animated Film"; 10 February, Claudia Swan, "Blowfish...


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