Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to the next NLM History of Medicine lecture, to be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, from 11am to Noon 3pm in the Ruth L. Kirschstein Auditorium, Natcher Conference Center, NIH Building 45.  Please note the different venue for this program.

Jeremy Greene, MD, PhD, will speak on "The Analog Patient: Imagining Medicine at a Distance in the Television Era." Dr. Greene is Associate Professor of Medicine and the History of Medicine, Elizabeth Treide and A. McGehee Harvey Chair in the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Greene's presentation is part of Images & Texts in Medical History: A Workshop in Methods, Tools, & Data from the Digital Humanities, a program hosted by the NLM, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and made possible through a multi-institutional collaboration involving the NLM, NEH, Virginia Tech, the Wellcome Library, and the Wellcome Trust. Learn more about the workshop through its web site

Dr. Greene's presentation will be live-streamed globally, and subsequently archived, by NIH VideoCasting:

In his presentation, Dr. Greene will examine the particular hopes and fears surrounding the incorporation of the television into medicine. His interest here is not to study the historical representation of medicine on television shows from Marcus Welby to House M.D, but instead to ask how the television became recruited as a new high-tech tool for clinical practice, medical research, and physician education, to explore how the television was briefly situated  at the center of attempts to create visual networks of medical knowledge, linking providers and patients in dreams of a "wired nation" several decades before the creation of the internet. The setting is the 20 year period between 1959 and 1979, where hopes and fears for networked televisions-specifically prompted through new technological systems like satellite transmission and the cable system-became grounds for hopes and fears of a new group of technological futurists in medicine, including tele psychiatry activists in the Midwest, Picturephone promoters in the South Side of Chicago, and would be media theorists practicing at Harvard teaching hospitals.

Dr. Greene's presentation is connected to his current research project, Medicine at a Distance, which examines how changing expectations of instantaneous communications through electric, electronic, and digital media transformed the nature of medical knowledge. Most histories of medical technology focus on heroic diagnostic and therapeutic innovations--like X-rays and artificial hearts--which stand as visible symbols of medical modernity. Dr. Greene's research is focused on recapturing how more mundane technologies of communication enabled and altered the production, circulation, and consumption of medical knowledge, from telegraph to text pager, telephone to telemedicine, fax machine to Facebook.

Dr. Greene's broader research interests focus on the history of disease, medical technology, the history of global health, and the relationship between medicine and the marketplace. He received his MD and PhD in the history of science from Harvard, completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Brigham & Women's Hospital, and he is board certified in Internal Medicine and a member of the American College of Physicians. In addition to his appointment at the Institute for the History of Medicine, Dr. Greene also practices internal medicine at the East Baltimore Medical Center, a community health center affiliated with Johns Hopkins.

All are welcome.

Sign language interpretation for Dr. Greene's lecture is provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate may contact Stephen Greenberg at 301-827-4577, e-mail [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

In addition, we warmly welcome you to visit our blog, "Circulating Now," where you can learn more about the collections and related programs of the History of Medicine Division of the NLM:

Also on our blog you can read interviews with previous lecturers:

Due to current security measures at NIH, off-campus visitors are advised to consult the NLM Visitors and Security website:

Sponsored by:

NLM's History of Medicine Division

Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD, Chief

Event contact:

Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD

Coordinator of Public Services

History of Medicine Division

National Library of Medicine, NIH

NEW PHONE NUMBER: 301-827-4577

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