FOOD AS MEDICINE: Historical Perspectives 9-10 October 2015, Dublin.

9 October 2015: The Edward Worth Library, Dr. Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin 8.

10 October 2015: Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin


Keynote Lecture:

Professor Steven Shapin (Franklin L. Ford Research Professor of the History of Science, Harvard): ‘The Medical Making of Modernity: Knowing about Our Food, Our Bodies, and Ourselves over the past 2,000 years.’

Abstract submission:

Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be submitted to no later than 31 March 2015.


The energy and output of the contemporary debate around food, diet and health might suggest that this was a new area of interest. In fact, our present concern is just the most recent version of a long running debate about the relationship between what we eat and our well being. This international conference provides a forum to discuss how these ideas have been expressed in the past and how they have changed. Our views on food and health have been affected by changes in society, economy, culture, medicine and science. This conference seeks papers that explore these changes around the central theme of food as medicine. We are interested in perspectives from the history of medicine and the history of science, but also from social and cultural history and in papers examining any period of history. Some potential areas of interest include early modern regimens, foods for healing, chemical approaches to food, the impact of medicine on cookery, health and homemaking, the use of medicinal plants, the role of food in maintaining and restoring health, changing dietary advice, the role of cooks and cooking books in medicine and the changing perceptions of the concept of a balanced diet.

The conference organisers:

Dr Juliana Adelman (St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University)

Dr Elizabethanne Boran (The Edward Worth Library, Dublin)

Dr Máire Kennedy (The Gilbert Library, Dublin)

Prof. Andrzej Kuropatnicki (Pedagogical University, Krakow)

Edward Worth Library Seminar

The next Worth Library Spring Seminar will take place on Thursday 19 March 2015. The speaker will be Dr Fabrizio Bigotti, (Wellcome Trust Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter).

His topic is as follows:

‘Proportions of Health: The Development of Statics Experiments in European Medicine (1614-1725).’

As usual this will be take place in the Edward Worth Library at 3.00pm

Irish History of Mathematics Conference

After successful Irish History of Mathematics Conferences at Maynooth (2011) and St Patrick’s Drumcondra (2013), the 3rd Irish History of Mathematics Conference (IHOM3) will take place at Ulster University, Belfast on Friday 15th May 2015. The event will be organised by Dr Ciarán Mac an Bhaird (Maynooth) and Dr Mark McCartney (Ulster).

Abstracts for potential talks (of 30 minutes in length), should be sent to Mark McCartney ( by Monday 13th April. See the IHOM1 and IHOM2 websites for details of previous talks.

In keeping with the relaxed nature of previous conferences, formality and costs will be kept to a minimum, and as such there will only be a £10 registration fee (payable on the day) to cover the costs of lunch and coffee breaks. Requests to register for the event should also be sent to Mark McCartney, no later than 8th May.

William Wilde Bi-Centenary Symposium

The Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland History of Medicine Section will present a one day William Wilde Bi-Centenary Symposium.

William Wilde #histmed Irish physician
Sir William Wilde MD, FRCSI,(1815-1876)

Wednesday 6th May 2015 4pm

Winter Hall, Royal College Physicians Ireland, 6 Kildare St., Dublin.


William Wilde in the West of Ireland. Davis Coakley, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.

‘By this disease people are rendered unable to earn their living’ William Wilde, Oculist to Her Majesty. Susan Mullaney, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland.

William Wilde and 1 Merrion Square. Rory Mc Entegart, Academic Dean, American College, Dublin.

Sir William Wilde’s Contribution to Otology. Michael Walsh, William Wilde Chair in E.N.T. Surgery, RCSI.

The Demographic Work of Sir William Wilde. Sir Peter Froggatt, Queens University, Belfast.

Sir William Wilde, an Enlightened Editor. Mary O’Doherty, RCSI Heritage Collections Librarian.

Sir William Wilde: Social Historian. Laurence Geary, University College Cork.

Wilde’s Worlds: Sir William Wilde in Victorian Ireland. James Mc Geachie, Ulster University.

Chair: Clive Lee, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Tours of Number 1 Merrion Square will be available on the day starting at 2pm, please meet at the front door of Number 1.

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