Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century

A conference on the Diseases of Modern Life to be held at St Annes College, Oxford.

What: Medicine and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century

When and Where: 10th – 11th September 2016; St Annes College, Oxford, England

Deadline for Abstracts: Friday 4th of December, 2015


Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Representations of ‘modern’ disorders and neuroses in literature and the medical press
  • Defining modernity and its problems in the nineteenth century
  • Medical and psychiatric constructions of modern life
  • Social and mental health and welfare
  • Diseases from pollution and changing nineteenth-century environments
  • Diseases from worry, overwork, and mental or physical strain
  • Diseases from excess, self-abuse, stimulants, and narcotics
  • The role of machinery and technology in causing or curing disease
  • Changing relationships between doctors and patients
  • Emerging medical specialisms
  • Global modernities

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