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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

‘History of the Water Molecule’, R. Hayward, reproduced from L. Pauling and R. Hayward, The Architecture of Molecules (San Francisco: W H Freeman and Co., 1964).

Reflections on Water Public Lecture - 'Take me to the river' Water Cures in the Twentieth Century

3rd March 2010, 17:30 to 18:30, Room 202, Calman Learning Centre, Science Site, Dr Roberta Bivins (History of Medicine, University of Warwick)

This is the eleventh lecture in the 'Reflections on Water' public lecture series.

Water in the twentieth century, as in the nineteenth, played a fundamental role in both medical and popular cultures of health. From the persistence of homeopathy to the emergence of hydration therapies and 'health for all', water flows through twentieth century medical thought, domestic and professional. This lecture will explore the therapeutic uses of water in the home, the hospital, and the health campaign from the dawn of the twentieth century to the present.

This series of public lectures will bring together eminent scientists, historians, theologians and philosophers, stimulating speakers involved in current research, to shed new light on the nature and cultural significance of a very familiar substance.

The level of the talks will be aimed at a general audience to encourage everyone from students and the interested general public to attend.

ALL IAS LECTURE ARE OPEN TO ALL AND FREE TO ATTEND

Image credit: 'History of the Water Module', R. Hayward, reproduced from L. Pauling and R. Hayward, The Architecture of Molecules (San Francisco: W H Freeman and Co., 1964).

Contact d.m.knight@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.