Conference announcement: "A Healthy Heritage: Collecting for the Future of Medical History"
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Discussion List) re: a conference whose theme pertains to recent
discussion on STHC-L, S-SCI-MED-TECH, and STAMA.
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Date: Thu, 23 Jul 1998 09:18:04 +0100
From: Bruce Madge <Bruce.Madge@MAIL.BL.UK>
Sender: Medical Libraries Discussion List
A HEALTHY HERITAGE
COLLECTING FOR THE FUTURE OF MEDICAL HISTORY
As the twentieth century draws to a close the record of medical
activity in its myriad forms is expanding as never before. Our
libraries and archives have large collections of many centuries'
worth of health-related items: is there a danger that the volume
of material produced by the medical information explosion will
overwhelm them, or that valuable documentation will slip through
In recent decades conventional printed literature has mushroomed
and electronic methods of publication and communication have
become vital. Our growing population, which lives longer, is
ensuring that more and more records are being created by doctors
and hospitals. The popular fascination with medical matters
means that medicine is frequently represented in all kinds of
media, including television, radio and cinema.
· How can this material be stored efficiently and economically
for future historians to use, to deepen understanding and inform
debate, just as we now quarry our own past?
· How do we decide what should survive, and who is going to keep
· How do we ensure the survival of the fragile and transitory
media we now rely on?
· How can we increase collaboration and awareness between
These issues will be considered at a symposium to be held at the
Wellcome Trust on 25-26 February 1999.
Speakers will include representatives from major libraries and
archives, different sectors of the medical profession, historians
and others. A mixture of presentations and workshops will
encourage opportunities for participation and input. Attendance
will be open to anyone interested and a full prospectus will be
To receive further details, please contact:
Sue Chapman, The Wellcome Institute, 183 Euston Road, London NW1
Phone 0171 611 8494 : Fax 0171 611 8703
Head of the Health Care Information Service
The British Library
25 Southampton Buildings
London WC2A 1AW
Tel: +44 171 412 7933
Fax: +44 171 412 7947
"The Library is unlimited and cyclical"
- Jorge Luis Borges "The Library of Babel"
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