Friday 23rd April 2004

ORGANISED BY The Historical Committee of Royal Society of Chemistry and The Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry

Together with the “Chemiehistorische Groep of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Chemische Vereniging (KNCV),” a meeting entitled Chemistry and Medicine in the 18th Century, where the relation between the two countries will receive special attention, is being held in Spring 2004 at the Museum Boerhaave in Leiden, the national Dutch museum of the history of science and medicine. The conference will consist of a full day of lectures on Friday 23rd April, 2004, to be followed on Saturday by guided tours of museums on the history of science, technology, and medicine, including the Sikkens Museum, Sassenheim and the Teylers Museum, Haarlem.


Thursday 22 April 2004

18.00-19.30 Registration, and welcome reception with the British guests in Museum Boerhaave

Friday 23 April 2004

in the Museum Boerhaave, Lange St. Agnietenstraat 10, Leiden

09.00-09.30 Coffee and registration

09.30-10.10 Noel Coley (Open University): Eighteenth-century chemical physicians and the empirical art of medicine.

10.10-10.50 Harm Beukers (Universiteit Leiden), The influence of iatrochemistry in eighteenth century medical practice.

10.50-11.10 Coffee

11.10-11.50 Anna Simmons (Open University): Medicine, monopolies and mortars: The pharmaceutical trade at the Society of Apothecaries in the eighteenth century.

11.50-12.30 Lissa Roberts (Universiteit Twente): Chemical reform and the question of an ‘industrial vision’ in the late eighteenth century.”

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.10 GeWiNa general meeting (voorjaarsvergadering) (GeWiNa members)

13.30-14.10 Guided tour through the Boerhaave Museum (Other participants)

14.10-14.50 Rina Knoeff (Universiteit Maastricht): ‘…in medicine all possible good can be expected from it’. On the role of chemistry in Boerhaave’s medicine.

14.50-15.30 Robert Anderson (Cambridge): Boerhaave to Black: the Evolution of Chemistry Teaching

15.30-16.00 Tea/ coffee

16.00-16.30 Trienke van der Spek (Museum Boerhaave): The goodness of air: Eudiometry as a tool in eighteenth century chemistry and medicine.

16.30-17.00 General discussion, closing remarks

19.30-22.00 Conference dinner (probably in the Burght, Leiden)

Saturday 24 April 2004

Excursions to the Sikkens Museum, Museum Cruquius and Teylers Museum.

There will be a registration fee of £15 towards the costs of the reception on Thursday and lunch on Friday. Although we cannot make travel arrangements for participants, information can be supplied to those attending to help with planning local accommodation.

Four bursaries of £100 each have been made available by the Angela and Tony Fish Bequest of the RSC for persons under 35 to attend the conference. Applications for these will be considered at our committee meeting on October 28; if you wish to apply for one of these please contact Professor W Griffith, Department of Chemistry, Imperial College, London, SW7 2AZ or email on [email protected]

Further information is available at the website of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry. If you are interested in attending the meeting, the website includes a form, which we would be grateful if you could fill in and return. Completion of the form does not constitute a commitment to attend; the aim is to get some idea of likely numbers and requirements.

Anna Simmons Hon. Secretary Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry