CALL FOR PAPERS Apothecaries, Art and Architecture: Interpreting Georgian Medicine

A Joint Symposium in Honour of Roy Porter: 24 & 25 November 2005

organised by The Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy of The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London and Dr Johnson’s House

Apothecaries’ Hall, Black Friars Lane, London EC4V 6 EJ

The aim of this Symposium is to further research and study into the history of medicine and pharmacy by exploring different aspects of health and sickness in Georgian England. It is a cross-domain collaboration between archives, museums, libraries, historical societies and specialist interest groups.

The core objectives are: – to promote collections ranging from archives to artefacts which are unknown, under-exploited, under threat, or not normally accessible to the research community, amateur historians and the general public alike – to encourage the use of these collections through lectures, discussions and displays by inviting specialists from many different fields to participate.

Confirmed speakers include Prof. Penelope Corfield (Royal Holloway College, University of London), Prof. Ludmilla Jordanova (Director, CRASSH, University of Cambridge), Prof. Brian Hurwitz (D’Oyly Carte Chair of Medicine and the Arts, King’s College London), Prof. Steven Parissien (Plymouth University), Prof. Tim Hitchcock (Hertfordshire University), Dr Ruth Richardson (independent scholar and historian) and Simon Chaplin (Senior Curator, Hunterian Museum)

We intend to publish selected papers and presentations


There will be four sessions over the two days: People in Practice; Art and Architecture; Medical Trade and Treatments, and Aspects of the History of Medicine and Pharmacy

Suggested themes for papers and demonstrations include:

– Case studies of apothecaries, surgeon-apothecaries, chemists and druggists – Education and training, including apprenticeship – Managing a business: including shop and property plans and papers, equipment, prescription and patient records and financial documentation – Public health and epidemiology – Mental health provision – Dispensaries and the poor – Death and disease – The law and medicine and pharmacy – Medical practitioners portrayed in art, literature and the popular press – Art in hospitals – Art students and anatomy – Medical buildings, hospitals and Georgian architecture, including asylums and philanthropic models – Medical and surgical practitioners’ homes and houses – Medical care of women and children, including lying-in hospitals and charitable foundations – Apothecaries and military and naval medical care – Pharmacies and pharmaceutical manufacture, including development of the industry and the growth of international trade – Equipment: from drug jars and medicine chests to laboratory apparatus and evidence from probate inventories – Physic gardens and the trade in botanical-medicinal specimens and plants – Herbals, medical botany and materia medica – Medical treatment, including costs: from drugs, equipment, spas and sea-bathing to proprietory, patent and quack medicines – Medical and pharmaceutical collection management (including preservation and conservation measures), storage and handling – Listing, cataloguing and dissemination of information about specialist medical collections from archives and manuscripts, rare books and museum objects to herbaria, furniture, artworks and buildings

We welcome submissions from anyone involved in interpreting Georgian medicine, especially those professionally responsible for archival, museum and rare book collections, as well as current researchers of this period of medical and pharmaceutical history.

Abstracts in English (maximum 300 words) are invited for submission under the following criteria: Papers: 30 mins and 40 mins Demonstrations/Handling Sessions: 15 mins Case Studies: 20 mins

TO BE RECEIVED BY TUESDAY 3 MAY 2005 (acceptances to be advised by Friday, 10 June 2005) as electronic or hard copy AND PLEASE INCLUDE FULL CONTACT DETAILS:

Symposium Office c/o The Archives Society of Apothecaries Apothecaries’ Hall Black Friars Lane London EC4V 6EJ

Email: [email protected]