Call for papers:  Accounting for Health:Economic Practices and Medical Knowledge, 1500–1970

How has accounting historically shaped health and medicine? What variety of roles have other economic practices played in everyday medical knowing? And, as all accounting used to take place on paper, (how) have past material practices of collecting data, writing and information determined the ways in which medical and economic knowing could influence one another?

In 2016-2017, the ERC Research Group PAPERTECH will organise three workshops in Berlin to explore these and similar questions as part of the Working Group ‘Accounting for Health. Economic Practices and Medical Knowledge, 1500-1970’.

A History of Quarantine Network

A History of Quarantine Network has been established by members of the EAHMH. Their new website can be found here:  

Their inaugural conference will be held in Nov. 2014 in Malta. Please visit their website for more information about their conference, 'The Mediterranean under quarantine'

Plans of the lazaretto of Varignano at La Spezia, c.1825 


New Journal for Disaster Nursing

A new journal for disaster nursing has been launched and they have just issued their first call for papers; historians of medicine welcomed to contribute

Newsletter November 2013

The EAHMH’s Newsletter is fresh off the press. The inaugural issue contains a greeting from our new President and other information which should interest members.

EAHMH Conference 2013

The conference was held in Lisbon, Portugal, 4-7 September 2013. The conference was on the theme of 'Risk and Disaster in Health and Medicine' and was co-organised by the Universities of Evora and Lisbon.

The EAHMH 2013 Book Award

The EAHMH are delighted to announce the second winner of the EAHMH Book Award. The prize of €3000 (granted through the generous support of the Dutch Stichting Historia Medicinae and the German Robert Bosch Stiftung) was awarded to Alun Withey for his book Physick and the Family: Health, Medicine and Care in Wales, c.1600-1750, published by Manchester University Presss. For further details on the prize, please click here.

Alun Withey receiving his prize from EAHMH President, Laurinda Abreu

The Pieter van Foreest Student Prize

The Lisbon conference also marked the presentation of the second Pieter van Foreest Student Prize. A prize of 500 EUR (generously supported by the Dutch foundation Stichting Historia Medicinae) was awarded to the best paper presented by a PhD student at the conference. The winner of the 2013 Noortje Jacobs from the University of Maastricht for her paper, 'Rick as Moral Obligation'. The Scientific Board also commended two further papers of excellent quality by Michael Figueria de Sousa (University of Coimbra) and Nils Kessel (DHVS). For more information on the prize, click here.

Noortje Jacobs with her prize

Publication from an EAHMH Conference

An edited collection, drawing together some of the papers given at the 2007 EAHMH conference in London has recently been published. Environment, Health and History, edited by Virginia Berridge and Martin Gorsky of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, brings together a wide temporal range of historical analysis examining the relationship, sometimes distant, and sometimes close, between concerns about the environment and about health. For further details, click here.