Lecture: Dr Edward Worth and infectious diseases in early eighteenth-century Dublin, 19 May 2021 at 6.15 pm

The Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland’s History of Medicine Section hosts, Dr Elizabethanne Boran, Librarian, the Edward Worth Library who will present at this free lecture hosted via Zoom.

This lecture investigates infectious diseases in early eighteenth-century Dublin through the prism of the library of Dr Edward Worth (1676-1733), an early eighteenthcentury Dublin physician. The lecture will examine Worth’s plague collection, along with other contemporary printed sources, to explore what was known about the 1720 Marseille plague in Dublin and how Dublin society reacted to it. The lecture will also examine other infectious diseases, such as smallpox and tuberculosis, not only in the context of Worth’s own collecting, but also in the broader context of the Dublin book trade in the early decades of the eighteenth century.

The event is free but registration is required at: https://www.rami.ie/event/history-of-medicine-section-lecture-wednesday-19th-may-2021/

A flyer can be download here:

“Robert Boyle, Lady Ranelagh, and the Great Plague of 1665-66” Monday 22 March 5-6pm 

Dr Michelle di Meo

Dealing with pandemics is nothing new for scientists. Throughout history new contagious diseases have emerged, seemingly out of nowhere. Physicians, researchers, and public officials then scramble towards mitigating the spread and discovering a cure while death tolls and unemployment rise. Robert Boyle and his sister, the scientific collaborator Lady Ranelagh, lived through the infamous Great Plague of London over 1665-66. What did they understand about the disease? How did they deal with it? Are there any lessons from 350 years ago that could apply to COVID-19 today? Join us as historian Michelle DiMeo illuminates how Robert Boyle and Lady Ranelagh’s experiences with a plague year share some striking similarities to what we face today.  

To book, go to http://www.robertboyle.ie/

Pedagogical Experiments: Christian Kindergarten Education in Republican China, CHOMI seminar, 25 Feb. 5 pm

Pedagogical Experiments: Christian Kindergarten Education in Republican China

Dr Jenny Bond (University College Dublin)

To register, please click here

Once you have registered, a link to the Zoom webinar will be emailed to the address you provide. Please note: you do not need to download Zoom to join the webinar. For more details please see the attached flyer.

For details of other seminars in the 2020/21 CHOMI series, see here

Population Health Advocacy: The Legacy of Sir Charles A. Cameron, 2 March

Sir Charles Alexander Cameron (1830-1921) RCSI President, Professor of Chemistry, Public Analyst and Medical Officer of Health for Dublin.

To mark the centenary of his death, RCSI will host a virtual panel discussion to address the importance of population health advocacy and present the inaugural Sir Charles Alexander Cameron Award for Population Health. We are delighted to announce that Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme, will be the first award recipient in recognition of his global leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This panel discussion will be chaired by Professor Ciaran O’Boyle, Director of the RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health. Panelists include:

  • Dr Ida Milne, Historian and Lecturer in European History at Carlow College
  • Professor Donal O’Shea, Professor and Head of Chemistry Department, RCSI
  • Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme
  • Professor Emer Shelley, Honorary Associate Professor of Epidemiology RCSI and Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, RCPI
  • Dr Ciarán Wallace, Historian and Deputy Director of the Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury, TCD
  • Date:02 March 2021
  • Time:13:00 – 14:00
  • Category:Community, General events 
  • Location:Online

Registration can be found here: https://www.rcsi.com/dublin/news-and-events/events/event/2021/the-cameron-award

Centaurus: Call for Proposals

Annual Call for Proposals: Special Issues of Centaurus

Centaurus, the official Journal of the European Society for the History of Science, regularly publishes issues dedicated to a special theme.
Recently published special issues include:

•       Tercentenary of D’Alembert’s Birth (1717-1783): A Review of the Latest Research.

•       The Promises of Science: Historical Perspectives.

•       How Do Writings in the Early Astral Sciences Reveal Mathematical Practices?

•       Scoops, Scams and Scuffles: The Construction of Prehistoric Knowledge in Newspapers.

The ESHS and the Editorial Board of Centaurus are now soliciting proposals for special issues for 2020 and 2021.

Proposals should include the following:

1.      A description of the topic and its significance (approximately 500 words).

2.      A list of 6 to 10 contributors and a title and paragraph describing each contributor’s individual essay. Note that we would normally expect a diverse set of authors.

3.      A brief CV of the guest editor(s).

4.      A schedule of production (date of first submission; time for peer review; time for revisions; final version ready).

Centaurus is growing and special issues can now be larger than before. More than 150 pages (75,000 words) are available for a special issue. All topics that fall within the scope of the journal can be chosen. See the website of the journal  

For more detailed information for authors, see the author guidelines here

We are especially looking forward to receiving proposals for interdisciplinary special issues.

The committee selecting the special issues will be composed of the editorial board and ESHS representatives. Criteria include the quality, innovative character and interest of the proposal, the expertise of the guest editor(s), the expertise and diversity of the authors, and the coherence and feasibility of the project.

Deadline: proposals should be sent to the editor (at the address below) no later than January 15, 2019. The results of the selection process will be announced in February 2019.

If you cannot make this deadline, please send a note to the Editor, and it may be possible to negotiate a different deadline. Ad hoc proposals will also be considered, but proposals sent in response to the Annual Call will receive priority.

HSTM Network Ireland Conference 2018

Reminder: Annual History of Science, Technology and Medicine Network Ireland Conference. 26-27 October 2018 – Queen’s University Belfast, School of Natural and Built Environment.

Updated conference programme is available here: Conference programme update

Register for the conference here 
Register for the conference dinner here  (password HSTM2018)
Note: An AGM will be held at the upcoming conference and a new chair will be installed. If you would like to nominate someone, please send an email to hstmnetworkireland@gmail.com or Adrian.Kirwan@mu.ie

RAMI History of Medicine Section Lecture

Sir Hans Sloane MD: the Irishman who collected the World

by Dr Robert G W Anderson,
President of the Science History Institute, Philadelphia

Wednesday 14th March 2018 at 6.30pm. Royal College of Physicians of Ireland,
6 Kildare Street, Dublin

Further information is available here: RAMIFlyerAnderson Sir Hans Sloane the Irishman who collected the World

Meeting 27 January, Worth Library

The network will hold a meeting of the committee on Friday, 27 January at 2 pm in the Worth Library.  All are welcome to join us. We are seeking new people for a number of roles and generally welcome input from anyone working in the field.