Anglo-American conference 2011: Health in History

Dates: 29th June - 1st July 2011

Venue: Brunei Gallery, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG

The history of medicine and of human society in sickness and health is an ever widening window through which the present can view the past. The study of the ways in which societies over time and at war and in peace have defined and treated their ‘sick’, the changing content and status of medical expertise and ethics, and those episodic moments when the globe has been transformed by epidemic, panic and panacea is now an integral part of mainstream history. The field of medical history stretches from palaeopathology through to contemporary political debates over health care and genomics. And the medical humanities are now critically placed in most cultures at the meeting point of research and social policy.

This year, the Institute of Historical Research held for the 80th time its flagship event, the Anglo-American Conference, on the subject of Health in History.

For those of you who were not able to make the event, or those of you who were able to but would like to hear the papers again, the IHR presents a selection of podcasts taken from the conference.

As an introduction to this Anglo-American conference the Vice-Chancellor offered these words: Download/listen

See also:

The IHR Historical Research journal - Health in History: A Special Multimedia Virtual Issue

Health in History conference home page

Anglo-American conference of historians website