According to the classic Hippocratic formulation, medicine comprised three elements: the disease, the patient and the expert, to which the health context, in its widest sense, has been added in modern times. All of these aspects have been addressed by the History of Medicine, although with different emphases and conceptions at different times. Considerable attention has traditionally been paid to the technical contents, the setting of their application and the development of the professions. The XIV Congress of the Spanish Society for the History of Medicine (SEHM) will be focussed on what has histographically been the weakest side of this formal triangle, i.e., the patient.
To this end, we are making a special call for papers on the EXPERIENCE OF BEING ILL FROM A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE at this Congress. We wish to open up a space for studies on the subjectivity of patients, including approaches to the historical and cultural dimensions during the time in which the patients under study lived. We refer not only to subjective and personal experience but also to collective aspects, to diseases of epidemic proportion and to repercussions that in some way are related to body politic.
Alongside the central issue of the Experience of Being Ill, there will be time for Panel sessions with 3-6 speakers on related topics.
We invite colleagues from any discipline to participate. The deadline to submit proposals is October 10, 2007. Working language: Spanish
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