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History of Women's Health Conference

Call for Papers

The Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, will host its fourth annual History of Women’s Health Conference on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. We invite interested persons to send a one to two page proposal or abstract of your topic by Friday, November 7, 2008 for consideration. The History of Women’s Health Conference focuses on women’s health issues from the late 18th century to the present. This conference encourages interdisciplinary work. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, obstetric and gynecology issues, adolescence, body image, mental health topics, geriatric concerns, overall women’s health, access to health care, minority health and more.

This year’s keynote speakers will be Margaret Marsh, PhD (Rutgers University Camden) and Wanda Ronner, M.D. (Pennsylvania Hospital). Dr. Marsh is a Distinguished Professor of History and Interim Chancellor at Rutgers University's Camden campus. Dr. Ronner is a Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and a gynecologist at Pennsylvania Hospital. She also serves as the Medical Student Director for the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Drs. Marsh and Ronner are co-authors of "The Empty Cradle: Infertility in America from Colonial Times to the Present (2004)," which was named an Outstanding Academic Book by Choice Magazine. Their latest book, "The Fertility Doctor: John Rock and the Reproductive Revolution," will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press in September 2008. Dr. Marsh is also the author of “Anarchist Women” and “Suburban Lives.”

The Penn Book Store will again be on site to sell the books of participants the day of the conference.

Please e-mail your one to two page proposals/abstracts to:

Stacey C Peeples
Curator-Lead Archivist, Pennsylvania Hospital

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