Posted in podcasts, tagged asylums, britain, children, China, devon, england, gosse, health, history, history of medicine, history of technology, insanity, madness, medicine, on location, technology on July 31, 2008|
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Today we alight in Devonshire, England. The beaches in this gorgeous, southwestern coastal county have long been a major summer tourist destination. In this episode, we’ll learn about how Devon’s seaside resorts transformed from health spas into centers of epidemic disease. We’ll also discover just what kinds of behaviors could land you in the insane asylums of Victorian Devonshire.
This episode is the second in our periodic “On Location” series. (Click here for the first episode in this series, on Berlin.)
For further reading:
- S. Baring-Gould, Devonshire Characters and Strange Events (John Lane, 1908).
- Bridget Franklin, “Hospital – Heritage – Home: Reconstructing the Nineteenth Century Lunatic Asylum,” Housing, Theory, and Society 19 (2002): 170-184.
- Philip Henry Gosse, A Handbook to the Marine Aquarium; containing Practical Instructions for Constructing, Stocking, and Maintaining a Tank, and for Collecting Plants and Animals (John Van Voorst, 1855).
- W. G. Hoskins, Devon and Its People (Augustus M. Kelley, 1968).
- Joseph Melling, Richard Adair, and Bill Forsythe, “‘A Proper Lunatic for Two Years’: Pauper Lunatic Children in Victorian and Edwardian England; Child Admissions to the Devon County Asylum, 1845-1914,” Journal of Social History 31 (1997): 371-405.
- David Pearce, “Family, Gender and Class in Psychiatric Patient Care during the 1930s: The 1930 Mental Treatment Act and the Devon Mental Hospital,” in Mental Illness and Learning Disability since 1850, ed. Pamela Dale and Joseph Melling (Routledge, 2006).
- Roy Porter, Madness: A Brief History (Oxford UP, 2002).
- Martin J. S. Rudwick, The Great Devonian Controversy: The Shaping of Scientific Knowledge among Gentlemanly Specialists (University of Chicago Press, 1988).
- Andrew T. Scull, Charlotte MacKenzie, and Nicholas Hervey, Masters of Bedlam: The Transformation of the Mad-Doctoring Trade (Princeton UP, 1996).
- Ann Thwaite, Glimpses of the Wonderful: The Life of Philip Henry Gosse, 1810-1888 (Faber & Faber, 2002).
- John Travis, The Rise of Devon Seaside Resorts, 1750-1900 (University of Exeter Press, 1993).
On the shelf:
- I can recommend very highly the B&B where we stayed in Devon: The Old Rectory in Diptford. Gorgeous. Delicious. Friendly. Give their dog, Danny, a pat from me.
Philip Gosse's aquarium
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Posted in podcasts, tagged berlin, berlin phonogram archive, berlin phonogramm archiv, charite, ethnomusicology, evolution, german, germany, history of medicine, history of science, medizinhistoriches museum, on location, pathology, virchow on September 28, 2007|
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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.
All music on this program courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network except where noted.
- Sunburn in Cyprus, History (intro & outro)
- Telemann Trio Berlin, Concerto in D-Dur – Allegro (Vivaldi), Triosonate in D-Dur – Largo (Bach) (courtesy of Magnatune; during historical intro and first essay)
- Happy Gemini 3, Pondering the 10th Planet (transitions)
- RZ-1, Cuckoo-Berliner Remix (courtesy of CC Mixter; following first essay)
- Music! The Berlin Phonogramm-Archiv, 1900-2000 (Wergo, 2000; during second essay)
- “Kham hom,” performed by a theater ensemble from Bangkok in Berlin, 1900
- Eagle song of the Hopi Indians of Arizona, performed in Berlin, 1906
- Xylophone piece of the Bondei, played on the “vilangwi” xylophone, Tanga, Tanganyika, 1903
- Sorbian spinning room song, sung by Christine Marrak, Burg, Germany, 1907
- “Tangiboa,” a death lament sung by Dawidi Anam, German New Guinea, 1928
- Electrix, Berlin am Meer (following second essay)
- Sound effects courtesy of the FreeSound Project:
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