Picturing Medical Progress . . . . . . . . . .

. . . a web site to supplement the book.

Winner of the 2010 Ray and Pat Browne Award given by the Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association “for the best single-author book published in 2009.”

Rated "Outstanding" and selected for the "2010 Best of the Best from the University Presses for Public and Secondary School Libraries" by the American Library Association. Presentation can be viewed online at 2010 Best of the Best from the University Presses - C-SPAN Video Library.

Reviewed in JAMA of 12/9/09. See the “reviews” link below for an excerpt . . .

Reviewed in the New York Times on 8/25/09

Reviewed by David Potash on his blog, "The Digital Quad: Looking In and Looking Out."

In January 2014, Professor Hansen gave two video interviews at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia.  In the shorter one, he explains the early discoveries that led to his book. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw8MkiLep3E 

In the hour-long interview about science communication and the graphic arts more generally, he was joined by the artist, Jonathan Fetter-Vorm, author of Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bombhttp://vimeo.com/84991297

5 minute interview on CBC radio available as podcast. Scoll down in archive to 11/13/09 for Rusted Lecture at Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada.

30 minute interview for the radio show “Inquiry” with Mark Lynch on WICN (Worcester, MA). Among podcasts look under Inquiry.

“Celebrating July 6” is an opinion piece by Bert Hansen, posted on a Medical Humanities blog at NYU.  Click here and look for July 6 entry.

In "De-medicalizing the Medical Humanities" (The European Legacy 16:3, May 2011, 317-326), Otniel E. Dror of The Hebrew University discusses his use of Bert Hansen's article, "American Physicians' 'Discovery' of Homosexuality, 1880-1900," as his primary example of teaching historical analysis to medical students.  A link to this article.


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Please click here for web pages about the research of a former student, RICHARD E. WEISBERG, on medicine in art in nineteenth-century France.

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The author gratefully acknowledges that research for this book was supported in part by the PSC-CUNY Awards Program of the City University of New York.








Upcoming talks:

September 2012, Washington University in St. Louis

April 2013, American Osler Society

Recent talks:

Lyceum Society of the New York Academy of Science February 17, 2010

Kansas City Public Library, Truman Forum at Plaza Branch, 6:30 p.m., co-sponsored with History and Philosophy of Medicine Department at Kansas University Medical Center. September 16, 2010

Keynote Address for North East Popular Culture Association, 5:30 p.m. Griffin Center Auditorium, 670 Huntington Avenue, Boston co-sponsored with the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. October 22, 2010.

Public Lecture for Medical Library Association, Cleveland, Ohio, April 15, 2011.

Opening Keynote Lecture, “Before The News Was 24/7:  How The Media Made Medicine Dramatic,” Annual Meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine, Philadelphia, April 29, 2011.

Medical Center Hour Lecture, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA, September 21, 2011.

Workshop for teachers, March 13, 2012, for San Bernardino County (Calif.) Schools, supported through a Teaching American History grant (federal) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History, in three parts:  Introduction to the history of medicine, Using popular culture in teaching, and polio as a case study.

Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio: A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes by Bert Hansen is published by Rutgers University Press.

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revised 28 May 2012