Ross E. G. Upshur
IHPST, 91 Charles Street West, University of Toronto
  • April 28-29, 2018 from 12:00pm to 12:00pm

To mark its 50th anniversary, The Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (University of Toronto) is hosting a two-day conference in the history and philosophy of medicine.

Conference Program

April 28, 2018 (morning session)

All sessions held in Rooms 323 and 304, Victoria College.

8:30-9:00 am                                    Coffee/tea. Victoria College, 3rd floor foyer

9:00-9:45 am (Rm. 323)                  Speaker: Jonathan Fuller (Faculty of Medicine and IHPST)

Chair: Mat Mercuri (McMaster University, IHPST)

Title: “A Person-Oriented Model for Therapeutic Evidence”

9:00-9:45 am (Rm. 304)                  Speaker: Aadita Chaudhury (STS, York University)

Chair: Elizabeth Koester (IHPST, The University of Toronto)

Title: “Patient Narratives as a Means to Understanding, Diagnosing and Treating Lyme Disease”

9:45-10:30 am (Rm. 323)                Speaker: Mark A. Schwartz (Psychiatry, Texas A & M Medical Center

Chair: Michael Cournoyea (IHPST, The University of Toronto)

Title: “Reconciling Population Based Psychiatry and Person-Centered Psychiatry: Evidence-Based Medicine vs Practice-Based Medicine”

9:45-10:30 am (Rm. 304)                Speaker: Vincent Auffrey (IHPST, The University of Toronto)

Chair: Aadita Chaudhury (STS, York University)

Title: “For the Promotion of Medical Science”: Anatomy Legislation, Segregation, and the Commemoration of the Confederacy in the American South,1866-1909”

10:30-10:45 am                                Coffee/Tea Break, Victoria College, 3rd floor foyer

11:00-12:15 pm (Rm. 323)              Plenary Presentation

Speaker: Mark Tonelli (University of Washington)

Chair: Brian Baigrie (IHPST, The University of Toronto)

Title: “Do We Need Philosophy of Medicine?”

12:15 am to 1:30 pm                        Lunch: Victoria College, Third Floor Foyer

April 28, 2018 (afternoon session)

1:30-2:15 pm (Rm. 323)                  Speaker: Erica Di Ruggiero (Dalla Lana School of Public Health, The University of Toronto)

Chair: Brian Baigrie (IHPST)

Title: “The Evolution of Population Health Intervention Research in ‘Context’: A Brief History”

2:15-3 pm (Rm. 304)                        Speaker: Ana Komparic (Faculty of Pharmacy and Joint Center for Bioethics, The University of Toronto)

Chair: Vincent Auffrey (IHPST, The University of Toronto)

Title: “Tracing Society in 150 Years of the Canadian Medical Association’s Code of Ethics”

2:15-3:00 pm (Rm. 323)                  Speaker: Michael Shamy (Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Ottawa) and Mark Fedyk (Philosophy, Mount Allison University)

Chair: Jonathan Fuller (Faculty of Medicine, IHPST, The University of Toronto)

Title: “Patients, Participants and Persons: Towards Criteria to Ensure that RCTs are Ethically Justified”

3:00-3:30 pm                                    Coffee/Tea Break, Third Floor Foyer, Victoria College

3:30-5:00 pm (Rm. 323)                  Plenary Presentation in honor of the establish­ment of the Pauline A. Mazumdar Chair in the History of Medicine

Speaker: Lucia Dacome (history of medicine, IHPST)

Chair: Chen-Pang Yeang (Director, IHPST)

Title: “Bodies and Embroideries: Health and Society in Early Modern Italy”

April 29, 2018 (morning session)

10:00-12 pm (Rm. 323)                   Panel Presentation: “The Politics of Women’s Reproductive Health in Canada,1930s-1960’s”

Chair: Erica di Ruggiero (Dalla Lana School of Public Health, The University of Toronto)

Speakers: Elizabeth Koester (IHPST, The University of Toronto): “Eugenics and The Eastview Birth Control Trial – 1936-1937”

Jennifer Fraser (IHPST, The University of Toronto): “The Colonial History of the Cytopipette: Settler-Colonialism, Gendered Politics, and Bureaucratic Control in the Indian Health Services Cervical Carcinoma Survey,1953-1965”

Lara Tessaro (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University): “’At some loss as to the precise object you have in mind’: Enacting estrogenic substances with Canada’s Food and Drugs Act, 1939-1944”

11:30–1:00 pm                                 Lunch: Victoria College, third floor foyer

(Afternoon session)

1:00-3:30 pm. (Rm. 323)                 Panel: Persons and Populations: Philosophical Perspectives

Chair: Mat Mercuri (IHPST)

Panelists: Sean Valles (Philosophy, Lyman Briggs College)

Ross Upshur (Dalla Lana School of Public Health, The University of Toronto)

Mark Tonelli (The University of Washington Medical Center)

Paul Thagard (Philosophy, University of Waterloo)

Brian Feldman (IHPME, The University of Toronto)

The Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology is located on the third floor of Victoria College, 91 Charles Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1K7. It is a very short walk from the Museum subway station.

Programme Committee:

  • Brian Baigrie (IHPST, University of Toronto)
  • Mat Mercuri (Department of Medicine, McMaster University and IHPST, University of Toronto)
  • Ross Upshur (Dalla Lana Faculty of Public Health, University of Toronto)
  • Jennifer Fraser (IHPST, University of Toronto)

Organizing Committee:

  • Yiftach Fehige (IHPST, University of Toronto)
  • Muna Salloum (IHPST, University of Toronto)
  • Chen-Pang Yeang (IHPST, University of Toronto)