The Canadian Society for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing are putting the finishing touches on preparations for their joint congress, to take place at the University of Ottawa from 30 May to 1 June. This special vector of the Canadian Treasury of Medical History will be devoted to semi-live blogging the joint affair in the nation’s capital.
Joining me in this endeavour to snap shots of our finest historians of medicine, nursing and health hard at work under the same roof and deep in conversation is Kate Walker, a specialist in early modern England who is currently a post-doctoral fellow of the Canada Research Chair in the History of International Health at University of Windsor. Kate is also a denizen of Ottawa’s fair nuclear satellite town of Deep River, and she has signed on to help me blog the conference. Her special contributions will be to provide a portrait of “medical Ottawa” past and present, and to keep track of the conference activities of graduate students and junior scholars, including those papers in the running for the coveted H. N. Segall Prize for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the congress.
To get the ball rolling toward 30 May, the Canadian Treasury is launching a grand Twitter appeal for nominations for the title, Canada’s Greatest Healer. All those interested in musing on a possible designate to enrich and make useful what is basically a spurious and silly competition are asked to propose a candidate for the mantle of the greatest medico of any stripe in Canuck history and to provide some food for thought on why they might be right.
Nominations should be made by tweeting @CanuckHM and can be as long and multiple as anyone wishes, though nominations that restrict themselves to 140 characters are encouraged. Once the list of nominees is assembled, a grand vote will be held during the conference and the results announced in some appropriate manner.
See you in Ottawa!