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Posted: Dec 03, 2015

Carol is the founder and volunteer facilitator of the History of Medicine Interest Group (now renamed the Health Narratives Research Group) at the Faculty of Medicine. The group meets for two hours every week and is a forum for people doing primary research on healthcare history, on a topic that is personally important to them. In Carol's vision, the exchange of personal stories is a catalyst to help members move their research forward in developing health narratives. Members describe the effect of Carol's work as "life changing." More Information>>

Posted: Mar 05, 2014

 

On November 4th, 2013, the University of Toronto hosted a book launch in the atrium of the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research to celebrate the accomplishment of Professor Edward Shorter and his new book, Partnership for Excellence, which highlights the history of medicine from the Faculty's inception to the powerhouse it is today.  The event featured Professor Shorter giving a brief presentation on the history of medicine in Toronto, a Q&A portion, and a book signing.

 

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Posted: Feb 17, 2014

Mark the date!

Time: Tuesday, March 25, 6-7:30 PM

Place: CAMH, Russell Street site, 33 Russell Street, Room 2029

Dr Wachtel is an associate professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Neurobehavioral Unit, Kennedy Krieger Institutte, Baltimore, MD.

Wachtel has a strong clinical and research interest in treating children and adolescents with concomitant autism, psychosis, and frequently self-injurious behaviour (SIB). In recent years, she has made a series of ground-breaking contributions to the clinical literature, first by identifying SIB as a form of catatonia and secondly by demonstrating that the condition responds well to standard anti-catatonic therapies, including high-dose benzodiazepines and electroconvulsive therapy.

Wachtel's clinical findings closely parallelled Shorter's investigation into the history of autism and catatonia, which found that the prevailing clinical understanding of these disorders was badly distorted.  Catatonia, a common psychiatric illness in both children and adults, had virtually disappeared from the discipline's radar; and the conventional view of autism ignored decades of work published before Leo Kanner "introduced" the concept in 1943. The children and adolescents who appeared in German and French-language literature in the 1920s had multiple catatonic symptoms in addition to being explicitly labeled "autistic." Yet this entire literature has been forgotten.

Shorter and Wachtel began a fruitful collaboration in the spring of 2012 with a conference presentation (since published in the Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica) which introduced the concept of autism, catatonia and psychotic illness as an "iron triangle" of psychopathology in children and adolescents.  They have since published several further papers relating to this hypothesis.

 

 

 

Posted: Jan 22, 2014

The History of Medicine Interest Group is now meeting in the Tanz Building, Room 203.

The size and furniture arrangement of the room look very much like the space we had last term.  What's different is that we now have a fantastic view of the legislative buildings at Queen's Park. The Tanz building is located just east of the Medical Sciences Building on Queen's Park Crescent.  To get to room 203, go up the stairs to the right (west) as you come in the front door.

Best wishes to all of you in this new term!

Posted: Dec 11, 2013

Carol Nash

Arbor Award 2015 recipient

Carol is the founder and volunteer facilitator of the History of Medicine Interest Group (now renamed the Health Narratives Research Group) at the Faculty of Medicine. The group meets for two hours every week and is a forum for people doing primary research on healthcare history, on a topic that is personally important to them. In Carol's vision, the exchange of personal stories is a catalyst to help members move their research forward in developing health narratives. Members describe the effect of Carol's work as "life changing." More Information >>