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Workshop on Scientific Archives in Medical History
Workshop on Scientific Archives

The Committee on the Archives of Science and Technology of the International Council on Archives is organizing the Fourth Workshop on Scientific Archives, scheduled for June 5-6, 2024, at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Library. This in-person workshop aims to gather a diverse community involved in the management of contemporary scientific and technological archives. Information quoted from the American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) web-site.

Vesalius personally annotated edition of De humani corporis fabrica. Credit: Christie's
Andreas Vesalius' book sold for over two million

A copy of the second edition (1555) of De humani corporis fabrica libri septem, by Andreas Vesalius, was auctioned at Christie's in January 2024 and, breaking many records, realised $2,228,000, making it one of the ten most expensive scientific publications ever sold. This copy was previously acquired for €13,200 by a Canadian doctor, who proved that it was annotated by the author. 

American Association for the History of Medicine holds 97th annual meeting on May 9-12 2024 in Kansas
The American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM), 97th annual meeting

The American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) is inviting abstract submissions for its 97th annual meeting, scheduled for May 9-12, 2024, in Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas. They are seeking proposals for papers, roundtables, panels, posters, and workshops related to the history of health, healing, and medicine, encompassing various aspects like medical ideas, practices, institutions, and technologies, as well as the experiences of health, illness, and disability. The Program Committee encourages submissions that explore the power dynamics in medicine, including issues of race, gender, and more. They also mention a supplementary virtual meeting following the main event. Submissions must include an abstract of up to 300 words and are due by October 2, 2023. Membership in AAHM is required for presenters.

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A prototype and its successor
L'inconnue de la Seine – a Prototype for Resusci Anne

The famous mask of L'inconnue de la Seine or La Belle Italienne served as prototype for the face of the world's first and main cardiopulmonary resuscitation manikin, Resusci Anne. The mask's history is worthy of further investigation, as it has been previously researched and is still a topic of ongoing study.

Poor condition rating C3 may have noticeable damage or significant signs of wear, major scratches, dents, or even parts that are broken or missing. Items may require restoration
Conditions ratings

In the world of collecting antiques of medical instruments are often graded based on their condition. The ratings like C1, C2, and C3 are used to indicate the state of preservation and the amount of wear or damage an item has sustained over time. C1 – excellent condition, with minimal signs of wear or use and retains most of its original features and functionality. C2 – good condition but may show more evident signs of wear or aging. C3 – fair or poor condition with noticeable damage or significant signs of wear.

De humani corporis fabrica libri septem (1555) by Andreas Vesalius, photo by Christie's
A wonderful transformation of the Ugly Duckling

The story of how the second edition of the book De humani corporis fabrica libri septem, by Flemish Andreas Vesalius (1514–1564), desecrated by numerous marginal notes, became one of the most outstanding examples of scientific printing that has come down to us has shocked the world of medical history and bibliography. This book, first published in 1543, then revolutionised anatomy and, among of others, commented on about 200 mistakes and misconceptions of the infallible authority, Claudius Galenus, questioning more than a thousand years of anatomical beliefs. It is no wonder that the young genius (Andreas Vesalius was only 29 years old when by publishing his Opus magnum) faced not just significant opposition, but fierce hatred, a real mass shitstorm for questioning established views, rocking the comfortable chairs of professorial chairs.

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