The Transmission and Communication of Medical Knowledge and Services 1750-1900: The Medical Marketplace in the Modern Period*

Venice, 5-6 March 2010

Organised by Catherine Cox (University College Dublin) and

Hilary Marland (University of Warwick)

This two-day workshop aims to explore the medical marketplace in the

modern period, particularly the transmission, communication and exchange

of medical knowledge and services in regional, national and global

settings. The workshop will examine the transfer of techniques and

knowledge in connection with specific diseases, illnesses and crises, as

well as health care and regimen more broadly. The workshop aims to

consider the implications these processes have for our understanding of

the vibrancy of the medical marketplace in the modern period within and

across geographical borders and spaces. By transmission we refer to the

exchange of information by medical practitioners, male and female,

qualified and informal, as well as other agents, such tradesmen,

travellers and migrant groups. The workshop aims to explore

* expanding markets in health and medicine and responses to changing

communication, commercial opportunities and patient groups

* methods of transmitting knowledge, via local and global networks,

the printed word and advertisements

* the impact of migration and the movement of people in the

transmission of medical knowledge, including the movement of

individuals and groups within countries and overseas

* the adaptation and alteration of therapeutics and health practices

as they cross spaces and communication networks and encounter new

patient communities

* the implications these processes have on the development and

vibrancy of the medical marketplace in the modern period.

We have a limited number of places available at this event and would

like to encourage offers of papers that speak closely to the above

themes. Please submit a title and a one page abstract by 30 June 09.

The workshop will be held at the University of Warwick’s conference

location in Venice, the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava. Local expenses for

accommodation and meals will be covered by the organisers, but we ask

participants, where possible, to cover the costs of their travel to

Venice drawing on their own institutional resources.

Please submit abstracts to Catherine Cox <[email protected]> and

Hilary Marland <[email protected]>, and

feel free to contact either of us for further information.