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'The importance of medical history: Transnational and cross-cultural perspectives on a multi-faceted discipline' conference to be held in Mumbai, India from 15th to 17th November 2007. 17 Oct 2007

The importance of medical history: Trans-national and cross-cultural perspectives on a multi-faceted discipline The proposed meeting will be the first of its type in the South Asian sub-continent - dealing with the important questions of historical method and historiography, from trans-national and cross-disciplinary perspectives; it will allow the audience access to a plethora of perspectives on how to study HOM. The projected audience will be university and college teaching, research and administrative staff of all grades, we well as undergraduate and post-graduate students, doctors, print and TV journalists, and independent researchers. A number of well-known scholars have agreed to attend the meeting, as they acknowledge the usefulness of an event like this in popularising HOM in an important education centre in Asia. These academics, who are attached to a number of Wellcome Trust-funded units, will draw upon an important item of their research - dealing with Europe, North America, Asia and further afield - to develop trans-national perspectives of how to study HOM. This meeting will engender a lot of discussion, which is critically important for an endeavour that seeks to provide new insights to post-and under-graduate teachers about important international developments in the discipline, and the most effective ways of teaching and carrying out research. Themes to be covered: History of pharmacology; Anatomy; Global trade and medicine; Medical genetics and gender; Medicine in the early modern period; Public health in 19th and 20th centuries; Global health programmes and disease eradication; War and medicine; International perspectives on rabies; Scottish doctors and British empire; Obstetrics and surgery; Cross-disciplinary perspectives on leprosy and empire; Hospitals; Medicine and 'witchcraft' in the early modern period; Healthcare in colonial Mumbai/India; Health of industrial labour; Oral histories of contemporary medicine and biological science; History of medical practice and multiple meanings of health.

Amount: £600
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University College London

The anatomy school of William Hewson at 36 Craven Street (1772-1778) - an investigation into the day to day running of an anatomy school and the life of an anatomist prior to the 1832 anatomy act. 14 Jun 2007

The project will combine documentary research with an investigation of objects and specimens found at the Craven Street site and preserved in museums. Documentary evidence will elucidate the scientific and intellectual context of the school, the training, life and social position of its proprietor, the role of such schools in the provision of medical training, their physical design and activities. It will also examine the contrast between the respectable public life of anatomists and their necessary dealings with the underworld for provision of working material. Research on museum objects and excavated remains will focus on the nature of human and animal bodies used in the work, the procedures and equipment employed, the relationship between finished museum specimens and waste material, and the evidence provided for preparation of specimens for microscopy. One of the most important aspects will be combining the evidence of published scientific papers, correspondence and teaching notes with the physical remains of work at the school. For example published accounts of dissection and surgery can be matched with instruments and specimens in museums, and with cut marks on the archaeological specimens to provide a detailed account of the sequence of events in preparation.

Amount: £79,402
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University College London

The Sloane printed books project. 18 Jul 2007

The project will make available for research and public use a database of the books once belonging to Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1752), which after his death formed one of the foundation collections of the British Museum Library but which have since been dispersed into the Library's general collections and into the collections of other research libraries. Sloane's library of approximately 40,000 volumes will be identified by further investigation into the BL's collection and the collections of other libraries. The bibliographical information will be enhanced with information about pre-Sloaneprovenance, annotations and condition. The information accumulated will be made available to the public through a web-accessible database that will be maintained by the British Library, while various supplemental materials and ongoing maintenance will allow additional books once owned by Sloane to be identified and added to the database in future years. The body of work produced by the project will form a significant research resource for medical and intellectual historians of the period. This resource will be launched at aconference and through publications. The key goals of the project are: " Identification of Sloane's books, their provenances and other associations " Presentation of the findings as a public resource for research " Communication of the findings through a conference and papers

Amount: £83,844
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University College London