Recent studies on early modern Europe have emphasized the importance of the forceps in the successful management of births, the role of ceramic in the storage and commercial display of drugs, the development of metallic trusses sent to the colonies or the expansion of visual technologies (wax, print, drawing) or the role of print in medical marketing. The conference be held in French and English at the Ecole normale supérieure (2 September 2010) and the Académie nationale de médecine (3 September 2010) at Paris aims to present highly innovative interdisciplinary research on the material culture and practices of medicine, at the crossroads of medical history, the history of technology and economic history. Considering Europe and its colonies between 1600 — the beginning of herniary surgery in France — and 1850 — the launching of world fairs.
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