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On today’s show, we embark on the first of what I hope will be many virtual excursions together. This time we visit Berlin, Germany. This beautiful city is famous for its political and cultural past, but also has a fascinating history in science and medicine.

There is so much to examine, but this episode will focus on Charité — an institution founded as a plague hospital that ended up treating soldiers, training medical students, hosting the founding work of modern pathology, and most recently housing a history of medicine museum — and the Berlin Phonogram Archive, a founding institution for ethnomusicology and a key voice in early twentieth century evolutionary arguments about race.

Host essays: “I Feel Your Pain” and “Evolution in Four-Part Harmony”

  • for further reading/viewing/listening:
    • Eric Ames, “The Sound of Evolution,” Modernism/Modernity 10 (2003): 297-325.
    • Lazare Benaroyo, “Rudolf Virchow and the Scientific Approach to Medicine,” Endeavour 22, no. 3 (1998): 114-116.
    • Der Himmel über Berlin, aka Wings of Desire, dir. Wim Wenders (1987)
    • Arthur E. Imhof, “The Hospital in the 18th Century: For Whom?” Journal of Social History 10 (1977): 448-470.
    • Music! The Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv, 1900-2000 (Wergo, 2000).
    • Konrad Obermann, “Materialised Medical History,” The Lancet 359 (2002): 361-362.
    • Alexandra Richie, Faust’s Metropolis: A History of Berlin (New York: Carroll & Graf, 1998).
    • Londa Schiebinger, “Maria Winkelmann at the Berlin Academy: A Turning Point for Women in Science,” Isis 78 (1987): 174-200.

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All music on this program courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network except where noted.

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