Asher Symposium on the History of Surgical Innovation
Friday, September 6 - 8, 2013
Dept. of History and Philosophy of Medicine
University of Kansas School of Medicine
The Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine with the support of the KU Endowment Association will host an international group of historians working on questions related to the history of surgical innovation. The proceedings open Friday evening with the annual Stanley Friesen Lecture in the History of Surgery to be delivered as the keynote of the symposium by Professor Thomas Schlich of McGill University speaking on "Roads not Taken": Alternative Innovation in Surgery.
Schedule of Events
Friday, September 6
4:30 – 5:30p Keynote address Stanley Friesen Lecture in the History of Surgery. G013 SON
Thomas Schlich, "Roads not Taken": Alternative Innovation in Surgery”
Saturday, September 7
9:00 Welcome and introduction. Clendening Foyer
9:30a Three papers on technology and technique:
Moderator: Dr. Doug Burton, Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery, KU Medical Center
Ramona A. Braun, Cambridge University, "Needle and tweezers: theory and intervention in laparoscopic ovarian surgery and IVF (1960s-70s)"
Beth Linker, University of Pennsylvania, "Spines of Steel: The Technoscience of Implantable Devices to Cure Scoliosis"
David Jones, Harvard University and Harvard Medical School, "On the Origins of Therapies: The Case of Myocardial Revascularization"
12:30 Lunch at the medical center and break
1:30 Two papers on societal context
Moderator: Dr. Behrooz Akbarnia, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, San Diego and Medical Director of the San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders
Chris Crenner, University of Kansas Medical Center, "The Fall and Rise of Sham Surgery for Placebo Control"
Delia Gavrus, University of Winnipeg, "Neurosurgical Innovation in Criminology"
Sunday, September 8
9:00a Two papers on foundational nineteenth-century practices
Moderator: Arthur Daemmrich, Ph.D., Department of History of Medicine, KUMC
Jim Edmonson, Chief Curator, Dittrick Medical History Center, College of Arts and Sciences , Case Western Reserve University, "The Transformation of Surgical Instruments in Response to Antisepsis and Asepsis, ca. 1880-1900"
Sally Frampton, University College London, "Defining Difference in Nineteenth-Century Surgery: The Example of Ovariotomy"
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