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[updated 29 July]


Bridging the Baltic: Medicine in the Baltic Sea region IV symposium, organized by the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Rīga Stradiņš University, Odense University, and Lund University


RSU Anatomy Museum, 9 Kronvalda blvd.

09:00-16:00 Pre-Congress Workshop by Yoel Donchin "The Smart Use of Video Clips and Movies as an Effective Tool for Teaching History of Medicine” (25.00 EUR). More information

14:30 - 16:00 Inaugural Joint Session of ISHM (International Society for History of Medicine) and IAHN (International Association for the History of Nephrology)

  • Introduction by ISHM and IAHN Officers
  • John XXI, the Pope Philosopher and Physician-Scientist of Portuguese Origins died of Crush Syndrome in 1277. Natale Gaspare DE SANTO, Italy
  • Paramedical marginalia in the vast literature about gout. Athanasios DIAMANDOPOULOS, Greece
  • Gout a papal disease: A study of 22 popes from Gregory I (580-604) to Pius VIII (1829-1830). Carmela BISACCIA, Italy
  • Gioachino Rossini and his relation with two famous urologists: Jean Civiale and Auguste Nelaton. Effie POULAPKOU-REBELAKOU, Greece

16:00 - 17:00 ISHM Executive bureau meeting

17:00 - 18:00 ISHM Administrative council meeting & polls

18:00 - 18:45 Opening ceremony

18:45 - 19:30 Keynote lecture by Jacalyn Duffin “Stanley's Dream: The Medical Expedition to Easter Island”

20:00 Get-together reception at Pauls Stradins Museum of History of Medicine


RSU Anatomy Museum, 9 Kronvalda blvd.

10:00 - 12:00 Session 1

  • [1] The 1st Congress of Healing Art (1920) and the foundation of the ISHM. Jean-Pierre TRICOT, Belgium
  • [2] Dr. Victor Gomoiu and the IX-th Congress of the International Society for the History of Medicine. Dana BARAN, Romania
  • [3] Medicine on the walls. Muralists painting the history of medicine in Mexico during the XXth century. Mercedes ALANIS, Mexico
  • [4] Dialogue between medicine and architecture: Buildings in Sainte Marie Hospital (1907-1951). Yi REN, China
  • [5] The first healthcare building in Latvia in the style of functionalism. Juris SALAKS, Latvia
  • [6] Hospital building activity in St Petersburg (Russian Empire) from 18th until the beginning of 19th centuries. Olga DZHARMAN, Russia
  • [7] S. Eisenstein and A. Best Maugard two cinematographic points of view over Public Health and Social Care. Andrés ARANDA CRUZALTA, Mexico
  • [8] Reflection of dermatology and venereology in arts and skin as a tool for expression over time. Elga SIDHOMA, Latvia
  • [9] In the material footsteps of Louis Pasteur. Jessica CASACCIA, Italy
  • [10] The institutional aasts of photographs by Paulis Cīrulis (1917 – 1991). Baiba TETERE, Latvia
  • [11] Contrasts of the morbid art: heroes and details in Thomas Eakin’s two masterpieces. Dzintra KAZOKA, Latvia
  • [12] Who let Castellani go? War and medicine in the life of Sir Aldo Castellani. Luca BORGHI, Italy

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch break

13:00 - 14:30 Session 2

  • [1] The role of independent medical community in the development of health care institutions in Russia (1860-1917). Evgeniya PANOVA, Russia
  • [2] Integration, adaptation and modernization: Jiang lvceng with the earliest design of medical university In modern China. Zetao ZOU, China
  • [3] Concerning the history of teaching medical police at Ukrainian Universities in the first half of the 19th century. Kostiantyn VASYLIEV, Ukrain
  • [4] Facing the artificial selection of the humankind: catholic physicians and the catholic way to eugenics. Carlo BOVOLO, Italy
  • [5] Comparative analysis of the contents of Jesuit pharmacies books collections, in 18th century. Vilma GUDIENE, Lithuania
  • [6] Destiny of a scientist,  university,  region: historical and medical parallels 100 years later. Daria VESELOVA, Russia
  • [7] The restoration of the Medical Institute in Kyiv under Nazi occupation (1941-1943) as reflected in the local Ukrainian press. Nikola DANILOV, Israel
  • [8] Contribution of foreign professors to the development of the university medical studies in Kaunas during 1922-1940. Asta LIGNUGARIENE, Lithuania
  • [9] António Plácido da Costa (1849 – 1916): physician, university teacher and the timelessness of the invention. Amélia RICON FERRAZ, Portugal

14:30 - 15:00 Coffee Break

15:00 - 16:30 Session 3

  • [1] Medical books: The Codex de la Cruz-Badiano. Areli MUÑOZ-CRUZ, Mexico
  • [2] Medicine in Ancient Knidos. Berrin OKKA, Turkey
  • [3] Emergence of higher medical education for women in Russia in 1860—1910. Maria PONOMAREVA, Russia
  • [4] Тhe first woman professor at the University of Geneva-Lina Solomonovna Stern. Anna STOCHIK, Russia
  • [5] Lucie Adelsberger (1895-1971): Emancipated medical doctor and scientist in the field of allergology and cancer research - survivor and chronologist of Auschwitz. Benjamin KUNTZ, Germany
  • [6] Medical women in Antiquity. Ana Maria ROSSO, Argentina
  • [7] Polish traces of great Nobel Prize winners in the field of physiology and medicine. Ewa SKRZYPEK, Poland
  • [8] E. Hedón and E. Gley, the pioneers of the discovery of the antidiabetic hormone (1892-1900), antedated insulin (1922). Alberto de LEIVA-HIDALGO, Spain
  • [9] Excellence in pharmacology with a focus on international prizes, 1900-2020. Michael WILING, Germany

16:30 - 17:00 Coffee break

17:00 - 17:45 Keynote lecture by Nils Hansson “How (not) to Win the Nobel Prize: Winners and Losers in Nobel Prize history”

17:45 - 18:30 Panel discussion moderated by Nils Hansson “The Gender Award Gap in Medicine”

Panelists: Marika Garnizone (Riga), Jacalyn Duffin (Kingston, Ontario) and Jocalyn Clark (Lancet, London)

19:00 - Old town tour and Pharmacy museum


RSU Anatomy Museum, 9 Kronvalda blvd.

Satellite symposium Anatomy & Beyond
In collaboration with AEIMS / BIOMAB / ARSIC
Supported by Embassy of Belgium to Sweden and Latvia, General Representation of the Government of Flanders in Poland and the Baltic States Vesalius Trust and Mr Didzis Gavars

09:45-10:00 Symposium opening

Session A
Moderator Ieva Libiete (LV)

  • 10:00-10:30 Richard Wingate (UK) “Alien Anatomies”
  • 10:30-11:00 Francis Wells (UK) “Anatomy for the surgeon: Then, Now and into the future”
  • 11:30-12:00 Joe Davis (US) "Existential Anatomy"

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch break

Session B
Moderator Ann Van De Velde (BE)

  • 13:00-13:30 Angelo Vermeulen (BE). “Regenerative synthetic ecosystems and evolving asteroid starships: a cybernetic reframing of the politics, poetics and ethics of space colonization”
  • 13:30-14:00 Andrew Burd (UK/China) “Intelligent Facial Prostheses”14:00-14:30 Mara G. Haseltine (US) “Exploring the Link Between Our Cultural & Biological Evolution through Art : in the Anthroprocene Age”

14:30 - 15:00 Coffee break

Session C
Moderator Pascale Pollier (BE/UK)

  • 15:00-15:30 Nina Sellars (AU) “Anatomy Museums of a Critical Posthumanist”
  • 15:30-16:00 Andrew Carnie (UK) “The edge of Anatomy”
  • 16:00-16:30 Eleanor Crook (UK) “The Past of the Future”

16:30-17:00 Coffee break

17:00-17:45 ISHM Keynote lecture by Alexander Lucas Bieri (CH) “Andreas Vesal’s Lasting Impact on the Art of the Danse Macabre”

Panel “Death and Beyond”
Moderator Alya Dirix (BE/GR)
17:45-18:00 Theo Dirix (BE/GR) "How would Sophocles's Antigone bury and rebury her brother tomorrow?”
18:00-18:15 William Edwards (UK) "Dealing with the Dead - Sentiment versus Modernity”
18:15-18:30 Mark Roughley (UK) "Should humans from the past exist as digital humans in the future?”
18:30 - 18:45 Open floor panel discussion

19:00-19:15 Bryan Green (UK) Performance “Anatomy & Beyond”

Vernissage of the “Anatomy & Beyond” exhibition

Rector’s reception at the Anatomy Museum


RSU Anatomy Museum, 9 Kronvalda blvd.

10:00 - 12:00 Session 4

  • [1] The King Duarte of Portugal: Advices and Recipes Against Plague (15th Century). Dulce O. AMARANTE DOS SANTOS, Brazil
  • [2] Recipes for Women in the History of Arabic Medicine. Ayman Yasin ATAT, Germany
  • [3] The Strigil as Medical Instrument and Chthonic Symbol of Harmony and Well-Being. Maria do Sameiro BARROSO, Portugal
  • [4] The Thinning Diet in Classical Antiquity, from Hippocrates to Galen’s Medical Practice. Maria Blanca RAMOS DE VIESCA, Mexico
  • [5] Galen Concepts on the Ars Medica. Carlos VIESCA-TREVIño, Mexico
  • [6] The transmission of Indian medicinal plants in the Mediterranean World in classical antiquity: continuity and transformation. Federica ROTELLI, Italy
  • [7] About the real significance of miasmatic theory. Dmitry BALALYKIN, Russia
  • [8] An anonymous writer of a 15th century newly traced Greek manuscript found in a personal library in Macedonia, Greece: medical-philosophical interest and religious fervour - not combined. Ourania KALOGERIDOU, Greece
  • [9] A Comparative Study Between Egyptian and Greek Medicine in Antiquity. Theodore DRIZIS, Greece
  • [10] Combination of 3d Non-Destructive Micro Tomography and Immunohistochemistry for the Characterisation ff Human Bones from Middle Ages, Early and Late Modern Period: a Pilot Study. Mara PILMANE, Latvia
  • [11] A short and familiar history Artificial Intelligence, a historical perspective into bioethics. Yesim Isil ULMAN, Turkey

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch break

13:00 - 14:30 Session 5

  • [1] Stepan Rudansky — the Great Poet, Doctor and Humanist. Borys TKACH, Ukraine
  • [2] Evgeny Nikanorovich Pavlovsky (1884-1965) and the Zoological Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. Nadezhda SLEPKOVA, Russia
  • [3] Lancet and art. Antonio Scarpa (1752-1832) scientist and aesthete. Giorgio ZANCHIN, Italy
  • [4] Medical Practice in the 18th century according to Giacomo Casanova(1725-1798), manqué physician. Lisetta LOVETT, Great Britain
  • [5] Issues of anthropology, racial ideology and medicine in a book ,,Siegfried Immerselbe atsinaujina”(1934) by Ignas Šeinius.  Žalnora Aistis, Lithuania
  • [6] A Study on the Manchu Anatomy and its Original Translation manuscripts. Daqing ZHANG, China
  • [7] The first human anatomy´s book in Spanish : Libro de la anathomía del hombre written by Bernardino Montaña de Monserrate in 1551. Rafael ROMERO-REVERON, Venezuela
  • [8] Écorché. Anatomical body models in medical and art education throughout the centuries. Uldis ZARINS, Latvia
  • [9] The ALCMAEON project: Designing a digital collection to include medical museum in the teaching of medical humanities and promote object-based learning education model. Niki PAPAVRAMIDOU, Greece
  • [10] The use of geospatial tools to study and control the Lisbon’s yellow fever outbreak in 1857. Agostinho MOREIRA DE SOUSA, Portugal

 14:30 - 15:00 Coffee Break

15:00 - 16:30 Session 6

  • [1] The origins and the evolution of the Anti-Vaccination Movement. Maria MANDYLA-KOUSOUN, Greece
  • [2] Was Jane Seymour (1509–1537), the English Queen of Henry VIII Delivered by a Cesarean Section? Lurie Samuel, Israel
  • [3] Joshua 0. Leibowitz (1895-1993): From Riga to Jerusalem: A life in Medicine and Medical History. Kenneth COLLINS, Israel
  • [4] A "moral cure for madness" practiced by Joseph Frank (1771-1842) during his teaching years at Vilnius University. Massimo ALIVERTI, Italy (talk provided in French)
  • [5] The Life and Times of Ivar Asbjorn Folling. Larisis Angelos LARISIS, Greece
  • [6] Friedirch Bidder. Maie TOOMSALU, Estonia
  • [8] Superstitiosa amuleta reijcimus: Basilius Plinius and the cure for incubus. Mārtiņš LAIZĀNS, Latvia
  • [9] The First Hundred Years of Kaunas Anatomists’ Research Work. Anita DABUŽINSKIENE, Lithuania
  • [10] Dr. Jonas Basanavičius (1851 – 1927) and his nervous disease. Eglė SAKALAUSKAITė-JUODEIKIENė, Lithuania

16:30 - 17:00 Coffee Break
19:00 - Gala dinner. Pauls Stradiņš Awards Ceremony


RSU Anatomy Museum, 9 Kronvalda blvd.

10:00 - 10:45 Keynote lecture by Dan Healey “The Notebooks of Gulag Doctors: Medical service in Stalin’s Labour Camps”
10:45-11:30 Panel discussion moderated by Florian Steger “Medicine and Totalitarianism”
11:30-12:00 Coffee break

12:00-13:30 Session 7

  • [1] Who was a Nazi? German and Austrian Neurologists During the „Third Reich“. Axel KARENBERG, Germany
  • [2] Doctor of Philosophy, Biology and Medicine, Professor Johann Paul Kremer – Auschwitz physician, executioner and war criminal (based on the materials of J.P. Kremer's diary). Sergey GLYANTSEV, Russia
  • [3] The USSR in the International Hygienic Exhibition in Dresden in 1930: Healthcare as “Soft Power”. Pavel RATMANOV, Russia
  • [4] The First Experimental Studies of Human Eggs’ Fertilization Outside the Body in 1955—1966. Vladimir LITVINOV, Russia
  • [5] Medical items through the iron curtain’s sliding doors.  Laura MUSAJO SOMMA, Italy
  • [6] Beyond Borders: A Surprising History of Ebstein’s Anomaly and the Wilhelm Ebstein Monument. Magdalena MAZURAK, Poland
  • [7] Trapped in hospital. The life course of refugee psychiatric patients in Finland after WWII. Helene LAURENT, Finland
  • [8] Patients in University Hospital for the Mentally and Nervously Ill in Dorpat, 1881-1895. Anu RAE, Estonia
  • [9] Syphilis issue and fight with prostitution in 1890s Tartu. Jens RAEVALD, Estonia

13:30-14:30 Lunch break

14:30-16:30  Session 8

  • [1] Folk and Traditional Medicine: terminology problems. Tatiana SOROKINA, Russia
  • [2] Competition and Compromise: the Scientization of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Tong LI, China
  • [3] From Thirst to Threshold:Defining Diabetes in Early Twentieth Century China. Xiaoyang GU, China
  • [4] In the End It Was Infection: Opthalmologic diseases at Early Missionary Hospitals in China. Yiwei YAN, China
  • [5] Was the donor of the first heart transplant actually brain dead? A contribution to the history of brain death concept. Zoltán SÜTTŐ, Hungary
  • [6] Jewish Medical Practitioners in Medieval Muslim Territories: A Prosopography. Efraim LEV, Israel
  • [7] The T.T.T. Project – Professor Moshe Prywes and the Health Promotion Campaign among Jewish Immigrants in North Africa. Shifra SHVARTS, Israel
  • [8] Latvian volunteers in the International Brigades Health Services (Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939). Carmen Pérez AGUADO, Spain

16:30 - 17:00 Coffee Break
17:00- 19:00 General assembly & Closing ceremony