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Call for Papers, 2012 Annual Meeting

The American Association for the History of Medicine invites submissions in any area of medical history for its 85th annual meeting, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, April 26-29, 2012. The Association welcomes submissions on the history of health and healing; history of medical ideas, practices, and institutions; and histories of illness, disease, and public health. Submissions from all eras and regions of the world are welcome. Besides single-paper proposals, the Program Committee accepts abstracts for sessions and for luncheon workshops. Please alert the Program Committee Chair if you are planning a session proposal. Individual papers for these submissions will be judged on their own merits.

Presentations are limited to twenty minutes. Individuals wishing to present a paper are not required to be members of AAHM before submitting an abstract but must join AAHM before presenting and registering for the meeting. 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 for publication by the Bulletin.

The AAHM uses an online abstract submission system. We encourage all applicants to use this convenient software. A link for submissions will be posted to the website at

If you are unable to submit proposals online, send eight copies of a one-page abstract (350 words maximum) with learning objectives to the Program Committee Chair, Jole Shackelford, Program for the History of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, MMC 506, 420 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-4416).

When proposing a historical argument, state the major claim, summarize the evidence supporting the claim, and state the major conclusion(s). When proposing a narrative, summarize the story, identify the major agents, and specify the conflict. New this year is the additional requirement that abstracts include three learning objectives to facilitate approval for CME credit (not included in the 350-word abstract limit). Please provide the following information on the same sheet as the abstract: name, preferred mailing address, work and home telephone numbers, email address, present institutional affiliation, and academic degrees. Abstracts must be received by September 15, 2011. Emailed or faxed proposals cannot be accepted. [End Page 279]

In Memoriam
Harry M. Marks, January 5, 1947-January 25, 2011

Harry Marks was one of the less conventional figures in the field of medical history. His career was marked by movement, abrupt changes, and an intellectual restlessness that made him read or at least try to read everything. He started off as a graduate student in French history at the University of Wisconsin in the early 1970s. These intellectual origins may be one reason that his later work on American medical history was more cosmopolitan in orientation than was the norm in the field. For reasons that he never really explained to me, he dropped out of the program at Wisconsin and ended up in Boston, where he did health policy research and taught in a variety of institutions until 1987. Despite the fact that he worked as an instructor in both Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on the history of therapeutic research and clinical trials in the Political Science Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This was completed in 1987. Following a Rockefeller fellowship at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 1986-87, he became a research fellow at the Institute of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He joined the regular faculty in 1989 as an assistant professor holding the A. McGehee Harvey and Elizabeth Treide Harvey Professorship in the History of Medicine and was promoted to associate professor in 1996. In line with his encyclopedic interests, he held adjunct appointment in the Departments of Epidemiology (from 2002), Anthropology (from 2003), and History (from 2007).

Harry was not a prolific author. But what he did write had significance and impact. His book, based on his Ph.D. dissertation, The Progress of Experiment: Science and Therapeutic Reform in the United States, 1900-1990 (Cambridge...


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