Wednesday 22 May
18:00 – 21:00 Registrations & Welcome Reception

The 27NMHC Congress abstracs, presentations, and photos are now available to download:

Thursday 23 May
08:30 – 09:15 Registrations

09:15 – 09:30 Welcoming Ceremony
Henrik C. Wegener (DK), Rector at the University of Copenhagen

09:30 – 10:15 #1 Keynote by Prof. Eske Willerslev (DK):
What We Can Learn From Ancient Genomics

10:15 – 11:00: #2 Keynote by Prof. Em. Jørgen Lange Thomsen (DK):
The History of DNA Use in Forensic Medicine

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee & Tea + Poster Presentations

11:30 – 13:00 Oral Presentations

Round 1: The History of Signs of Death
Jørgen Lange Thomsen: How did the Danish Kings die?
Jan Bondeson: The history of the signs of death and the risk of a premature burial

Round 2: The Art of Medical Moulages
Eva Åhrén: Moulage Collections in the Nordic Countries
Thomas Schnalke: Directed Views: Focusing patients and diseases in medical moulages
Ion Meyer: Restoring Shapes: Conservation and preparation of wax moulages

Round 3: Donating Brains and Organs: More Than Waste?
Thomas Erslev: Archiving Human Brains – the Danish collection of 9.479 pathological brains
Maria Olejaz: Making bodies available for dissection
Einar J. Berle: Anatomy as Entertainment

13:00 – 14:15 Lunch

14:15 – 15:30 #3 Panel Debate with 4 medical museum directors:
What is the Future Role for Medical Museums?
1. Ken Arnold, Medical Museion (moderator).
2. Thomas Schnalke, Das Berliner Medizinhistorische Museum der Charité.
3. Lisa Sputnes Mouwitz, Medicinhistoriska Museet.
4. Morten Skydsgaard, Steno Museum.

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee & Tea + Poster Presentations

16:00 – 17:30 Oral Presentations

Round 1: On the Edge of Orthodox Medicine
Anders Bank Lodahl: Skodsborg Badesanatorium, 1898-1992
Heini Hakosalo: The healing environment: The case of tuberculosis medicine
Kristine Lillestøl: Neurasthenics in Norwegian sanatoria and water cure resorts, 1870-1914

Round 2: The Psychiatric Profession
Jennie Sejr Junghans: The origins of child psychiatry in Denmark and England, c. 1900-1950
Mia Pohtola: DSMIII diagnostic manual and psychiatric profession in the early 1980s America
Rebecka Klette: The History of Degeneration Theory within Danish Psychiatry, 1880-1920

Round 3: Visual Arts, Literature & Medicine
Carl Lindgren: Virginia Woolf, her symptoms, doctors and treatment
Diana-Andreea Novaceanu: Redrawing the Clinic: Presence of The Medical Gaze in Visual Arts
Birgit Bundesen: What doctors can learn from literature


19:30-20:30 Exquisite Excursion: Diseases and Medicine in Antiquity
Museum guide Jens Ole Schwarz-Nielsen will present selected masterpieces.
Venue: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Dantes Plads 7, 1556 Copenhagen V.

Friday 24 May
08:45 – 09:30 Registrations

09:30 – 10:15 #4 Keynote by PhD Eva Åhrén (SE):
Figuring It Out: Visualizing Medical Subjects

10:15 – 11:00: #5 Keynote by PhD Jan Bondeson (SE):
The Lion Boy and Other Medical Curiosities in Old Picture Postcards

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee & Tea + Poster Presentations

11:30 – 13:00 Oral Presentations

Round 1: ’Let there be light’ – and there was light
Ian G. Bearden: The secrets of light
Benny Vittrup: A Historical Light On The War Against Cancer: Can We Win The War?
Morten Møller: Influence of light on circadian rhythm generating centers in the brain.
A historical review.

Round 2: Leprosy Revisited
Jesper Lier Boldsen: Leprosy: The Menace of the Medieval Period
Magnus Vollset: Leprosy in Scandinavia: Institutions and legislations, 1840-1940
Ib Christian Bygbjerg: From Elegy from Bergen to Elimination of Leprosy in India

Round 3: The Family Doctor and Medical Uncertainty
Ole Didrik Lærum: Experiences from Community Medicine in Norway 1850-1950
Pieter Dhondt: Encyclopaedia, history of medicine, and medical uncertainty around 1900
Ruben Michael Zwierlein: ADAM – a new Archive of German-speaking General Practice

13:00 – 14:15 Lunch

14:15 – 14:45 #6 Keynote by Prof. Em. Øivind Larsen (NO):
The Medical History Congresses 1967-2019

14:45 – 15:30 #7 DMHS Book Release & Literature Lounge
Ole Didrik Lærum: Berømte Danske Kræftforskere

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee & Tea + Poster Presentations

16:00 – 17:30 Oral Presentations

Round 1: Wartime Nursing & Tuberculosis
Gunilla Svensmark: Danish Nursing and Nurses during the German Occupation 1940-1945
Jan Knudtzon Sommerfelt-Pettersen: Tuberculosis in the Royal Norwegian Navy during the Second World War
Marie Clark Nelson: Reacting to Koch’s bacillus: Discussing tuberculosis and its treatments

Round 2: Knowledge Transfer & Social Networks
Sophy Bergenheim: ‘No inferior Swedes shall be found in this country!’ Swedish-speaking Finns, public health and minority nationalism, 1920s–1950s
Allan Rye Lyngs: Mapping the Social Network of Nobel Laurate August Krogh
Katariina Lehto: Effective medicine in the early professionalization of medicine

Round 3: Medical Memory, Public Health & Politics
Mathilde Martinais: Curing syphilis through mercurial fumigations in 18th Century France
Karin Tybjerg: Medical Anamnesis – opening the historic memory of medicine
Petri Eskola: Eugenics and Racial Hygiene in 20th Century Finnish Politics


18:30 – 19:00 Drinks
19:15 – 00:00 Dinner

Saturday 25 May
10:00 – 13:00 Guided tour in the unique collections of Thomas Bartholin and Nicolas Steno
Venue: The Royal Danish Library
Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1, 1221 København K

10:00 – 13:00 Cholera, Naval Medicine & Doctors at War 
Venue: Nyboders Mindestuer
Skt. Paulsgade 24, DK-1313 Copenhagen K