2012 Wellcome Library Roy Porter Lecture on ‘Creative Disability and the Shaking Palsy’.

The Wellcome Library Roy Porter lecture series was established in 2003 in memory of Professor Roy Porter, eminent historian of medicine and the health sciences, and former professor of the social history of medicine at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine. Starting with the publishing of his doctoral thesis, as The Making of Geology in 1977, Porter wrote or edited over one hundred books on a wide range of subjects. Among these, a history of the Enlightment, several volumes on the history of madness and psychiatry, of medicine and a social history of London, the city where he was born.
2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Roy Porter’s premature death in 2002, and this year specially important lecture will be given Dorothy Porter, Professor in the History of Health Sciences and former chair of the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine (DAHSM) at University of California, San Francisco (also of interest for scholars in the medical humanities, history of medicine and medical anthropology is the DAHSM blog). Dorothy moved to UCSF in 2002, and before that was professor in the History of Science and Medicine, Birkbeck College, University of London, and Head of School of History, Classics and Archaeology also at Birkbeck College. Dorothy too is a very prolific writer, and has published extensively in a wide range of topics in the history of medicine and the health sciences, and is one of the world-known scholars in the history of social medicine. Her most recent book published in 2011 with University of California Press, Medical Humanities Serie, is titled ‘Health Citizenship: Essays in Social Medicine and Biomedical Politics‘. For a list of most important recent publications see here. On this occasion Dorothy will present her new, current research on ‘Creative Disabililty and the Shaking Palsy: Approaching a history of Parkinson’s Disease‘. The lecture will take place on Wednesday May 23rd at 1830 at Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE. A reception will follow in the Wellcome Library at 1930. Tickets must be booked in advance by emailing Tracy Tillotson (t.tillotsonATwellcome.ac.uk) or by calling 020 7611 8486.


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