UCLA Programs in Medical Classics 26th Year

Tuesday, 2 December 2008, 5:30 p.m. First Floor Conference Room, 1357 Gonda (Goldschmied) Neuroscience and Genetics Research Center

Study, Travel, and Wishful Thinking in 19th Century Europe

Sheryl R. Ginn, Ph.D. President, International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN); Department of Social Sciences, Rowan-Cabarrus College (Concord, North Carolina)

Introduction: on Louise H. Marshall and on the Committee on Women in Neuroscience

Marie-Françoise Chesselet, M.D., Ph.D. Charles F. Markham Professor of Neurology; Chair of Neurobiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Introduction: on 19th century women’s travel narratives

Deborah Whiteman, M.L.I.S. Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA

Discoveries in medicine and science during the latter part of the 19th century fueled an explosion in research directed at gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the central nervous system. Coupled with the more basic research conducted by scientists in England and the Continent was more applied research directed at answering specific questions about issues related to neurological deficits. For example, more humane methods of treating mental patients coupled with research into the etiology of these syndromes contributed to the development of psychology, as did the experiments into the structural components of the mind. More effective means of treating wounds sustained on the battlefields of Europe and America directed attention toward neurology as a scientific and medical specialty. The purpose of this lecture is to examine the myriad scientific endeavors which were occurring in late 19th century Continental Europe. The author will “travel” to Europe during the years 1885-1890, visiting the laboratories of those scientists and practitioners examining issues related to the development of psychology and neurology. Specifically, discussion will center on research conducted by Sechenov, Charcot, Wundt, Müller, Helmholtz, Golgi and Ramón y Cajal. Although assuredly not continental, the author will stop over in England on the way home to visit with Sherrington and Horsley.

The lecture is open, free of charge, and is followed by an opportunity to converse over very light refreshments.

Please reserve a seat: History & Special Collections for the Sciences (310) 825-6940 [email protected]

This program also celebrates the centenary of Louise Hanson Marshall, Ph.D. (1908-2003) Founder, Neuroscience History Archives, UCLA Brain Research Institute and is made possible with a generous gift to the Brain Research Institute in Dr. Marshall’s memory by Marilyn Brachman Hoffman

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UCLA Programs in Medical Classics is a series of free presentations designed to enhance an appreciation of the links among famous medical writings, clinical practice, basic research, and humanistic scholarship. Several times a year these meetings bring together a convivial group of individuals of scholarly tastes–both from the community and from UCLA faculty, students, and staff–for a lecture and an opportunity to discuss and examine texts and topics that embody the history of advances in medicine, as well as the relations of medicine to broader cultural settings.


Printable PDF version of this announcement soon will be available at: http://www.neurosciencearchives.org/medicalclassics/medclass-dec2008.pdf

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Save the dates:

12 January 2009

Amy L. Fairchild (Columbia University)

“Privacy, the State, and Disease Reporting in America” (lecture co-sponsors: UCLA Health System Ethics Center and School of Public Health)

17 February 2009

Susan M. Reverby (Wellesley College)

“Rethinking the Tuskegee Syphilis Study” (lecture co-sponsor: Interdepartmental Program in Afro-American Studies)

14 April 2009

Emily K. Abel (UCLA)

“Tuberculosis and the Politics of Public Health in Los Angeles” (lecture co-sponsor: School of Public Health)

19 May 2009

Jeremy A. Greene (Harvard University)

“Pharmaceutical Marketing and Physician Education in the 20th Century Medical Center Venue” (lecture co-sponsor: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA)