Medieval miracle cures and modern perceptions of pain: University of Winchester annual seminars on health and illness in the past

27 Sep 2016
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The University of Winchester Centre for Medical History's annual seminar series begins on Thursday 29 September. As in previous years, the series will include a range of noted academics from across the country who are interested in health and illness in the past. 

The series begins with Professor Jonathan Reinarz, Director of the History of Medicine Unit at the University of Birmingham, who will present Learning from your mistakes: a history of medical education in provincial England c1825-1939 at 6pm on Thursday 29 September in Medecroft Room 16 on the University's main King Alfred Campus on Sparkford Road. The seminar is free to attend.​​

His lecture explores the history of five English provincial medical schools and focuses on conflict and crisis, aiming to gain insight into the day-to-day culture of medical education in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by examining resistance to women's admission to medical schools, student misbehaviour, and even the composition of medical museums. 
Professor Reinarz has published extensively on the history of hospitals and medical education, including a history of the Birmingham teaching hospitals and, with Graham Mooney (Johns Hopkins), a history of hospital and asylum visiting. He has recently completed a history of smell.
Professor Louise Hill Curth, Professor of Medical History and Director of the Centre for Medical History, comments: "This year's speakers cover different periods of time, cultures and medical topics, including both human and animal medicine, so I hope the programme will attract a wide audience."
Professor Hill Curth, whose two most recent books are on the history of veterinary medicine, will deliver the second lecture in this series on Thursday 27 October at 6pm. For man and best: animal healthcare in Early Modern England will be her inaugural lecture and will cover her ground-breaking research.
She will discuss and debunk the myth that animal health care either did not exist or was 'non-scientific' before the founding of the first veterinary college in 1791, and will explain the economic, moral and emotional reasons why animal health care not only existed but thrived in Early Modern England.
Professor Hill Curth's inaugural lecture takes place at 6pm on Thursday 27 October at The Stripe, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR. 
Booking is essential: book online at, email​​​ or telephone 01962 827578.

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