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Report by Steven Palmer; photos by Wieke Eefting. I came to Utrecht trying to keep my expectations realistic. Sometimes at a conference you happen to be in the right frame of mind to appreciate the presentations and engage the place and people, and everything comes up roses. But I discounted the temptation to lwy Utrecht, again to avoid trying to repeat an experience or measure this one against that.
Let the gathering reveal its own dynamic, I told myself, and suggest its own genre. The postcolonial and global health leitmotif of the previous conference had suited Lowyy Utrecht goes back further than that, and the call to the Cartesian dance of body and mind invited us to reconsider some of the original puzzles and dynamics in the modern history of medicine. From the moment we stepped into the Academy Building beside the impressive Dom for the welcoming reception it was clear that there ilanq no ghosts in this machine, and that any such classicism would not be austere.
On the contrary, the laid-back charm, light touch and ecumenism of conference organizer and EAHMH president, Frank Huisman, professor in the history of llowy at Utrecht, was already the guiding spirit incarnate — in the relaxed atmosphere, in the illana practical manner of the students helping out with registration, and in the great good humour of the welcome. A friendly photographer, Wieke Eeftingimmediately started documenting the conference, and it looked like her pictures would be worth waiting for — as so clearly they were.
Ana Carolina, a post-doc when she presented in Heidelberg, has since won a professorship in Ouro Preto at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais; Juliana, a recent MA two years ago is now pursuing doctoral studies at Giessen. Before long, another great coincidence: I meet Paula Michaels and see on her name tag that she is from the University of Iowa, olwy place I spent two of the most rewarding, if temporary, sojourns of my academic life, attracted there by the great liwy historian of Latin America, the late Charlie Hale ilanz I wish was still with us.
People I almost ilqna — people I long since should have met — people I now get to meet — this will be, for me, the hallmark of Utrecht: Wendy Kline left and Paula Michaels. However did I miss him on the program? After embarrassing myself by almost collapsing from jetlag on Anne Kveim Lie during a lull in the Boerhaave Museum proceedings, I find that she too has spent a lot of time in Cuba and, like me, had her life transformed by the mind-bogglingly selfless generosity of friends made there.
I happen to sit beside Bill Leeming on the bus coming back from the museum, and gradually realize that he is the expert on the history of Canadian medical genetics who lkwy so unusually kind and forthcoming to an MA student of mine who sent him an e-mail out of the blue looking for advice and bibliography for his project on genetic screening in Montreal.
Fortunate to witness one of the most polished lecturers of oowy time at the top of her game: Wonderful to have as a moderator, Heiner Fangerauwhose pithy observations between papers brought sessions together and kept them ticking.
After the session, in the foyer, there is talk about childbirth all through lunch.
These are just some of the moments that stayed with me, and kowy mark my own route through this luminous gathering. With up to six panels going on at any one time, the permutations were — well, Descartes no doubt could have figured out how many possible routes through the conference there were, though perhaps even his pal Pascal would have had trouble calculating the possible experiences of the collective, especially if the multiple differential routes of body and mind are factored in.
But of course I ilan not done all the participants justice with this description. To those whose talks and talk I missed, I can only say that, while I truly did miss them, I feel they must have been similarly rewarding because the surrounding buzz in communal moments was to my ear quite harmonious.
In fact it was a playful exploration of Cartesian philosophical and institutional politics, some centuries earlier, in the same site we now had the privilege to stride, and it set an erudite, open and humanistic tone for all that followed. Speaking of musicology and there were more musicians in his audience than Professor Cohen perhaps realizedmy one criticism of the conference organization — klana I was compelled to pass on to Frank Huisman — was that, while we were all told of our full access to state-of-the-art digital projection equipment, we were not informed that every conference room would be rigged out with a piano.
Had we known this, I feel sure that many ilanx have introduced a musical component into their talks — perhaps even a little soft shoe? Floris Cohen after his keynote. Even so, the presentations I attended were rich in performance and artistry: The combined papers of the conference were a rich tour de mondeand did what contemporary medical history does so well: Utrecht was at its best these four days, I suspect.
Leaving Drift 21, the light and airy Humanities building in the old town where the conference sessions were held, we drifted ourselves along magical streets humming with purposeful cyclists and medieval canals filled with postmodern light and chatter. The sun shone, and the cafes and restaurants spilled onto the streets with vibrant students in early semester, all their dreams still true. It was well into the conference, while I was munching on a pleasant raisin bun during a coffee break, that Pratik Chakrabarti passed by with some news.
I took another bite of the bun and it exploded with marzipan — my favourite. From body to mind, the thought arose that here was a metaphor for the conference itself: The final business meeting of the association contains much good news about an organization that is doing very well and fulfilling its mission. And the scientific board of the association has also worked hard to maintain one of the flagship journals of our ilaa, Medical History.
After acknowledging the seven excellent graduate student papers that were in competition and choosing two for special recognition, Frank Huisman has the enviable outgoing presidential task of presenting the inaugural Book Award for the best medical history monograph published in the four years preceding the EAHMH biennial conference I note that among his many tasks other than serving as EAHMH president and conference organizer [!
While the diagnostic categories they use are unstable, their framing of cancer has dramatic consequences for the lives of individual women. As such, this story may be read as a comment on the tragedy of the human condition. He calls our attention to the fact that this latter history was written by the Powy physician and philosopher of science Ludwik Fleck, and concludes his elegant laudatioand invites Dr.
She honours the memory of Olga Amsterdamskaa Dutch friend and colleague recently passed away, who first introduced her to the work of Fleck. The presentation of this award crowns a wondrous gathering in Utrecht, and reaffirms the meaning of what we do, and the reason we sometimes must do it ,owy, in person, in colloquia — not only in mind, but also in body.
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Still there are more wonders to come! Professor Abreu accepts humbly and inspires confidence in assuming the responsibilities of office.
I like it, and the feeling seems unanimous. You have big shoes to fill, Professor Abreu, but the good thing is that you can change shoes, as long as the new ones are big, too. So if you think you have something to say about the history of medicine and health, if you think you have something to confer about, come and join the great conversation of this radiant society: Maybe we will talk to each other there — I hope so — because I will not miss it for the world.
Text Only Site Search Search. Log in to myUWindsor. Frank Huisman welcomes us to the conference From the moment we stepped into the Academy Building beside the impressive Dom for the welcoming reception it was clear that there were no ghosts in this machine, and that any such classicism would not be austere.
Magnus Vollset accepts the prize for best student paper Before long, another great coincidence: Jacalyn Duffin answers questions after her keynote After embarrassing myself by almost collapsing from jetlag on Anne Kveim Lie during a lull in the Boerhaave Museum proceedings, I find that she too has spent a lot of time in Cuba and, like me, had her life transformed by the mind-bogglingly selfless generosity of friends made there.
Annemarie Mol These are just some of the moments that stayed with me, and that mark my own route through this luminous gathering.
Floris Cohen after his keynote Even so, the presentations I attended were rich in performance and artistry: Roger Smith and company Utrecht was at its best these four days, I suspect. Jonathan SimonEAHMH Treasurer After acknowledging the seven excellent graduate student papers that were in competition and choosing two for special recognition, Frank Huisman has the enviable outgoing presidential task of presenting the inaugural Book Award for the best medical history monograph published in the four years preceding the EAHMH biennial conference I note that among his many tasks other than serving as EAHMH president and conference organizer [!
It is hard not to feel that we are in the presence of greatness.
Laurinda Abreu, President of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health So if you think you have something to say about the history of medicine and health, if you think you have something to ilaha about, come and join the great llwy of this radiant society: And, if I may, one last time The conference was, after all, a classic.
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