The Francis C. Wood Institute for the History of Medicine of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia


The American Philosophical Society, The Library Company of Philadelphia, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, The National Library of Medicine, The McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Section on Medical History of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia

present a

Conference on Health and Medicine in the Era of Lewis and Clark

November 4-6, 2004

This conference will be an element of the regional and national commemoration of the two-hundredth anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The keynote lecture, “In the Service of Science: Thomas Jefferson in the Nation’s Capital” will be delivered by Barbara Oberg, editor of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson, and Professor of History at Princeton University. Session topics include: theory (medical and otherwise), materia medica, gender and Lewis & Clark, Enlightenment medicine, health care without doctors, race and republicanism, mapping bodies, and urban public health.

A banquet the opening night will honor Whitfield Bell, author of The Colonial Physician and The College of Physicians of Philadelphia: A Bicentennial History, and Librarian and Executive Director emeritus of the American Philosophical Society. The conference program will include a complimentary preview tour of the National Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Exhibition at the Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences.

This conference is free and open to all. It will be of interest to historians, physicians and the general public and will result in a volume of collected papers to be published by the American Philosophical Society.

For a complete program and registration information, please go to <> &CConf.htm