The Wood Institute for the History of Medicine at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia is hosting a major conference on “Health and Medicine in the U.S. in the Era of Lewis and Clark” from November 4-6, 2004. Conference sessions will include: Gender and Lewis & Clark, Health Care without Doctors (on the Expedition and at Home), Race and Republicanism, Materia Medica, Mapping Bodies, Privacy in Historical Research and in Medicine Today, Theory, Enlightenment Medicine and Republican Citizenship, and Urban Public Health. The conference will conclude with remarks by Charles Rosenberg (History of Science, Harvard). A complete program is accessible at the URL accompanying this announcement.
We are undertaking this conference as part of regional and national efforts to celebrate the two-hundredth anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Local enthusiasts believe that the expedition actually started in Philadelphia, since President Jefferson dispatched Meriwether Lewis here to provision the team and, equally importantly, to spend time with regional scientists and doctors. Philadelphia is thus the site of a number of commemorative events, including an exhibit on health aspects of the expedition that opened in the College of Physician’s exhibition gallery in February 2003, the annual meeting of the national Lewis and Clark Heritage Trail Foundation in August 2003, and the Missouri Historical Society’s national touring exhibition (which will open at the Academy of Natural Sciences on November 6, 2004).
This conference will be of interest to historians, physicians and the general public and will result in a volume of collected papers to be published by the American Philosophical Society.
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