Those who missed the conference ‘Biomedicine in the Twentieth Century: Practices, Policies, and Politics’ at NIH, Bethesday, 5-6 December can now watch video recordings of the talks through NIH’s website: go to, click on ’50 Most Recent VideoCasts’ (they’ve got a lot of video-filmed conferences over there!) and scroll down to 5-6 December. Be patient — the two days fill 12 hours altogether, but there are several quite good talks, including:

+ Richard C. Lewontin (Harvard University), “The Effects of the Socialization of Biomedical Research”
+ Daniel Kevles (Yale University), “Genes, Disease, and Patients: Cash and Community in Biomedicine”
+ Angela Creager (Princeton University), “Virus Research Between Lay Health Organizations and the Government, 1935-1955″
+ Bernardino Fantini (University of Geneva), “From Genetic Diseases to the Genetics of Disease: The Evolution of Theories of Genetic Determinism and the Implications for Health Strategies”
+ Guenter Risse (University of California, San Francisco), “House of Science: Clinical Investigation in Hospitals”
+ Susan Lederer (Yale University), “Transplant Nation: Heart Transplants and the NIH”
+ Buhm Soon Park (National Institutes of Health), “‘Why Does NIH Need an Intramural Program?’ Biomedical Research in the Federal Government after World War II”
+ Carsten Timmermann (University of Manchester), “Clinical Research in Post-War Britain: The Role of the Medical Research Council”
+ J. Rogers Hollingsworth (University of Wisconsin), “The Path Dependency of Institutional and Organizational Factors that Shape Major Scientific Discoveries”
+ Keith Wailoo (Rutgers University), “The Cultural Politics of Pain and Pain Research in America, 1950-2000″
+ Gerald N. Grob (Rutgers University), “The National Institute of Mental Health and Mental Health Policy, 1946-1965″
+ Darwin Stapleton (Rockefeller Archive Center), “The Critical Role of Laboratory Instruments at the Rockefeller: Biomedicine as Biotechnology”
+ Warwick Anderson (University of Wisconsin), “The Global Reach of United States Biomedical Research”
+ Leo B. Slater (National Institutes of Health), “The Shape of Infectious Disease Research: Antimalarial Drugs, 1920-1950”
+ Stuart Blume (University of Amsterdam), “Towards a History of ‘the Vaccine Innovation System,’ 1950-2000”
+ David Cantor, “Radium, Cancer Research, and the End of the New Deal”

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