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17:00 - 18:30 5 May 2010

Looking for Trouble: medical science and clinical practice in the histography of modern medicine


Fifth Floor Seminar Room | Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL (link Map)
183 Euston Road | London | NW1 2BE | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Dr Steve Sturdy, Deputy Director, Genomics Forum, Science Studies Unit/Genomics Forum, Uni of Edinburgh, Steve Sturdy joined the staff of the University of Edinburgh in 1994 as a lecturer in the Science Studies Unit, and was appointed Deputy Director of the ESRC Genomics Forum in September 2006. Originally trained in the natural sciences, he began postgraduate studies in philosophy of science, but quickly moved into social studies of science,which he found to offer a more satisfactory account of what scientists actually do. Steve\'s research combines perspectives from the history and sociology of medicine and the sociology of scientific knowledge, and focuses on the evolving relationship between medical science, medical practice and medical policy in Britain since the mid-19th century. Steve has published widely in academic journals and edited collections. He has also edited; Medicine, Health and the Public Sphere in Britain,1600-2000 (Routledge, 2002) and, with Roger Cooter and Mark Harrison,War, Medicine and Modernity (Sutton, 1998) and Medicine and Modern Warfare (Rodopi, 1999).

Recent accounts of the role of science in the development of medical practice have tended to concentrate on instances of tension between scientists and practitioners. This paper revisits the historiography, and suggests that historians have often inadvertently adopted essentialist accounts of scientific and clinical culture, and assumed that those cultures necessarily exist in tension with one another. Historians have reinforced these assumptions by seeking out instances of conflict, while neglecting the many ways in which science and medicine have developed in concert with one another. In so doing, they have restricted their own ability to comment on the multiple forms that modern medicine has taken, and might take in future.

NB: This event will be recorded. Doors open and refreshments will be open from 4.45pm. There will be no admittance allowed after 5.00pm.


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