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.
Harold Cook, John F. Nickoll Professor of History at Brown University, presents on translation and movement of knowledge in English medical publishing in the 1600s.
Kathleen Crowther, associate professor of the history of science at the University of Oklahoma, presents on Gabriele Zerbis' anatomy book "De Generatione Embionis."
Wendy Kline, Dema G. Seelye Chair of the History of Medicine at Purdue University, presents on the connections between the medical books and resources of the 1970s and childbirth.