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Outreach Materials

A girl with tuberculosis appealing for funds for a sanatorium for tuberculous children in Zürich. Colour lithograph after H.C. Ulrich, 1905. © Wellcome Library, London

This page collects together Centre for Global Health Histories outreach materials produced in connection with events, projects and collaborations. For more information about events (past and upcoming), please see the News and Events sections.

Global Health Histories seminars

Visit our YouTube page to access recordings of recent presentations from 2013 and 2014's Global Health Histories seminar series. These include presentations on animicrobial resistance, NGO contributions to public health, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and digital communication and health. The site is constantly being updated with new material so keep checking back for updates.

Visit the Global Health Histories project's website for more videos and presentations from previous years.

Publications - (see also publications side tab)

CGHH's 2013 publication Tuberculosis: A Short History, edited by Medcalf; Altink; Saavedra & Bhattacharya, is available as a free-to-download copy in PDF format. Inside, Dr Helen Bynum introduces Tuberculosis as an ancient and deadly foe; Professor Christoph Gradmann explores Robert Koch and the Tubercule Bacillus; Dr Niels Brimnes examines the global tuberculosis programme of the World Health Organization; Dr Henrice Altink charts TB in the British Empire; and members of the WHO Stop TB Department present a short history of drug-resistant TB. This book is also lavishly illustrated with images from the Wellcome Library's image collection and the World Health Organization's photogrpahic archives. Click here to download TB-A Short History (PDF , 6,861kb)

‘Tropical Diseases: lessons from history’ (published by Orient BlackSwan) was released in May 2014. The volume is based on the 2009 World Health Organization Global Health Histories seminar series of the same name, and is intended to reach out and transfer to a wider audience the knowledge generated by these landmark seminars. It gathers together all of the topics featured in 2009’s series; leprosy, guinea worm disease, sleeping sickness, river blindness, malaria, chagas disease, kala azar, tropical disease vectors, and essential and inessential medicines, as well as new chapters on related questions. A downloadable copy is available via the University of York Digital Library

CGHH’s latest publication ‘Health for All: The Journey to Universal Health Coverage’ (published by Orient BlackSwan) was released in May 2015. The volume is based on the 2014 World Health Organization Global Health Histories seminar series on the same topic, and the latest in a line of publications intended to reach out and transfer to a wider audience the knowledge generated by these landmark seminars. The articles are complemented by a centre spread of feature photographs selected from several repositories and highlighting important episodes and stories from the chapters. ‘Health for All’ is bilingual, in English and Portuguese side by side. The book is available for download via the University of York Online Digital Library. 


Follow this link to access a video of '100 Years of Sex, Syphilis and Psychiatry in Scotland', an evening lecture delivered by Dr Gayle Davis at the Yorkshire Philosophical Society on Tuesday 23 October 2012. This Yorkshire Philosophical Society evening lecture was presented in collaboration with the Centre for Global Health Histories, with support from the Wellcome Trust. Please note, the link will take you to the Yorkshire Philosophical Society’s website.


Festival of Ideas - June 2013

Helen Bynum's lecture 'The longest and most dangerous of all chronic diseases', delivered at the opening night of CGHH's exhibition 'Tuberculosis: A Short History', is available to play and listen to in the comfort of your own home. In this talk, Helen uses the experiences of three tuberculous patients, Tobias Smollett (1721-71), John Keats (1795-1821) and George Orwell (1903-1950), to explore pulmonary tuberculosis as a chronic disease of the past and reflect on its modern face. Get ready for tales of travel and confinement to bed, bloodletting and bloody sputum, and not enough happy endings. Please press 'play' on the media bar below (apologies: no video available).

Autumn Lectures 2013

Between October and December 2013 the Centre for Global Health Histories ran a series of public lecture series featuring world-leading historians of medicine. This marked the Centre's designation as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.

15 October - 'Patrick Manson and Ronald Ross: malaria and the rise and fall of a scientific friendship’.

William Bynum (Emeritus Professor of the History of Medicine, University College London) examined the rise and fall of Manson and Ross' scientific friendship. This event also celebrated the inauguration of the William Bynum Prize, an international essay competition for doctoral students and early career post-doctoral researchers.

30 October- 'Infant Mortality and the transformation of the sanitary system: Chile in the 1930s and in 1964–73'

Professor Claudio Llanos (Instituto de Historia, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile) explored infant mortality and the transformation of the sanitary system in Chile, considering two moments that were rich in social projects and discussions.

12 November - 'India and Global Tuberculosis Control 1910-1975'

Dr Niels Brimnes (Aarhus University, Denmark) narrated the development of tuberculosis control in India, relating it to international organisations and global development trends, and the attempts to build a modern Indian society.

26 November - ‘Crocodiles, tigers and bacilli: Exoticism and bacteriology around 1900’

Professor Christoph Gradmann (University of Oslo, Norway) explored the idea that thinking about tropical flora and fauna played an interesting role in the work of the German medical bacteriologist Robert Koch (1843-1910).

3 December - ‘Connecting chronologies: Constructing anthropology and legitimising Empire in late 18th-century South Asia’

Professor Kapil Raj (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris) shows that far from seeking to ‘other’ non-Europeans, unanimously acclaimed pioneer of orientalism William Jones’ primary aim was to look for a fundamental historical commonality amongst Europeans and certain Asiatic peoples.

Lectures 2014

29 MayAnatomising the Genome: Chromosomes and the Search for Disease

This talk examines the growing role of genetic testing, during the 1980s, in identifying, understanding, and treating clinical disorders.

15 October - Questioning 'Global Mental Health': the uses and non-uses of evidence (Stefan Ecks)

The lecture retraces the emergence of "Global Mental Health" and asks what evidence is used to bolster campaigns, and what evidence is ignored.

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Image: A girl with tuberculosis appealing for funds for a sanatorium for tuberculous children in Zürich. Colour lithograph after H.C. Ulrich, 1905 courtesy of the Wellcome Library, London