Transactions of the Twelfth Session of the AR State Medical Society (1887)

Transactions of the State Medical Society of Arkansas (Little Rock: Press Printing Company, 1887). Annual Address of the President, James A. Dibrell, Sr. (Van Buren) “What amazing wonders have not modern scientific investigations accomplished? What a grand display of dazzling brilliants have not been dug up hitherto dark, unfathomed recesses of nature, where Science sat gloomy … More Transactions of the Twelfth Session of the AR State Medical Society (1887)

I can’t remember where I found this, but it’s one of my favorite images. I remember the caption being something about medical students goofing around in anatomy class, and I believe it’s late 19th to early 20th century in origin. If anyone knows where this came from, please let me know!!

Disease as Framework

Medical historians, medical anthropologists, and other scholars concerned with a plethora of topics have written works centered around specific diseases; what comprises their arguments, evidence, and conclusions, however, varies greatly and begs the question, what exactly is the history of a disease, and how have scholars employed disease as a schema through which they analyze … More Disease as Framework

Medieval University Medicine

“The Faculty of Medicine,” Nancy Siraisi             In her summary of the medical faculties of medieval universities, author Nancy Siraisi begins by discussing the various reasons why a unified medical program emerged at universities, while at the same time stressing the fact that university-educated physicians were not the only medical healers, nor were they the only … More Medieval University Medicine

Malignant

Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us, S. Lochlann Jain             Part memoir part cultural analysis, Malignant tries to untangle the complicated relationship between cancer, institutional America, and people within and without the disease’s enigmatic aura. Using evidence from popular culture (ad campaigns, cartoons, and artwork), Jain elucidates how cancer is (mis)understood; the way that American medical and … More Malignant

The Collectors of Lost Souls

The Collectors of Lost Souls, Warwick Anderson             Warwick Anderson uses the events surrounding the discovery of and subsequent medico-scientific investigation into kuru to highlight not only the complex frameworks of giving and receiving that were characteristic of mid-20th century science, but those coloring the interactions between the Fore and the medical scientists and anthropologists who … More The Collectors of Lost Souls