New Podcasts: Workshop on “Health and Society” in Greece and the Balkans

The is delighted to announce the publication of all 22 papers presented to the international workshop on“Health and Society: Private and Public Medical Traditions in Greece and the Balkans, 1453-1920” (Athens, 8-10 December 2010)


Workshop Summary

Offering particularly insightful analyses of the various trajectories medical traditions’ followed in Greece and the Balkans over a protracted 500 year period unto the First World War, this international workshop also aimed to strengthen links between British scholars and institutions and those in Greece and the Balkans working on the social history of medicine.

The Workshop was organised and sponsored by the Working Group on the History of Race and Eugenics (HRE) at Oxford Brookes University; together with the Graduate Programme of the Faculty of History and Archaeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, the British School at Athens, and The Berendel Foundation, London.  The podcasts presented here were generously funded by Oxford Brookes University’s Wellcome Trust Strategic Award.


Table of Contents:

Andrew Wear (The Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine, UCL):

“Some general aspects of the relationship between religion and medicine in the early modern period”


Marius Turda (Oxford Brookes University):

“Ancients and moderns: The rise of social history of medicine in the Balkans”


Nikoletta Giantsi (University of Athens):

“Les théories médiévales sur la lèpre vues par un médecin grec du 19e siècle : Le cas de Demeter Alexandre Zambaco”


Katerina Konstantinidou (University of Athens):

“Between soul and body: Hospital care in Venetian Corfu (17th &18th centuries)”


Mikel Nakuci (Institute of Dermatological Studies, Tirana):

“History of Albanian Medicine during the post Byzantine Period”


Agamemnon Tselikas (Historical and Paleographic Archive of the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece):

“Methodological issues on the study of Iatrosophical manuscripts”


Octavian Buda (‘Carol Davila’ University of Medicine and Pharmacy Bucharest):

“Variolation from the Balkans, through Romanian territories, to Western Europe, 1678 to 1802”


Georgeta Nazarska (State University of Library Studies and IT, Sofia):

“The Balkan medical education and Bulgarian physicians: Transfer of knowledge, 1840s to 1920s” 


Valentin-Veron Toma (Francisc Rainer Institute of Anthropology, Bucharest):

“The migration of medical students from the Balkans to Paris in the 19th century: The case of Romania”


Lydia Sapounaki-Dracaki (Panteion University):

“Food regulation in Greece: Doctors, police and municipal authorities as protectors of the food market of the city of Piraeus (1835 to 1914)”


Constantine Maravelias (Museum of Criminology, School of Medicine, University of Athens): 

“Educating health professionals: The role of the Athens Museum of Criminology, 1833 to1920”


Gülhan Balsoy (Işik University, Istanbul):

“Agents of the state or agents of the local female networks?: Midwifes and the new science of midwifery in the nineteenth century Ottoman society”


Katerina Gardikas (University of Athens):

“Midwives in the early years of Greek statehood”


Kristina Popova (South West University, Blagoevgrad):

“Working for the ill patient or working for a better society? The beginning of the public health nursing in Bulgaria”


Despina Karakatsani (University of Peloponnese):

“‘The art of creating beautiful children’: Considerations on pro genetic engineering and eugenics in the early 20th century”


Vangelis Karamanolakis (Department of History, University of Athens):

“Attitudes to mental illness and treatment in turn of the 20th century Greece”


Despo Kritsotaki (University of Crete) & Vasia Lekka (University of Athens): 

“Lay narratives of mental illness at the Dromokaiteion hospital, 1900 to 1920”


Vaso Theodoru (Democritus University of Thrace):

“Caring for TB patients in early 20th century Greece: The foundation and operation of Sotiriasanatorium, 1905 to 1920”


Paul J. Weindling (Oxford Brookes University):

“Social history of medicine in context”


Upcoming Podcasts:

Coverage of the conference on “The Disease Within: Confinement in Europe, 1400-1800” convened at Oxford Brookes University, 4-5th March 2011.


We very much hope that you will enjoy listening to these podcasts, and please do not hesitate to get in touch with any further questions or queries you may have. With my best wishes,


 Tudor Georgescu    



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