Saturday, May 07, 2005

Events of interest coming up

The final three King's Dialogues in Literature and Medicine take place this month:

Thursday 12 May, 6.30 pm. Richard Horton, editor of the Lancet, on 'Mr Thornton's experiments: transformations in culture and health'
Thursday 19 May, 6.30 pm. Sally Shuttleworth on childhood in 19th century fiction and psychiatry
Thursday 26 May, 5.00 pm. Shlomith Rimmon-Kenan. 'What can narrative theory learn from illness narratives?'

The Dialogues take place in the Maughan Library on Chancery Lane. Book your place on 020 7848 2929.


The Royal Institution has the following medicine-related events this month:

Tuesday 17 May, 7.00 pm. Prof. Igor Aleksander talks on 'My emerging mind.'
Tuesday 31 May, 7.00 pm. Dr Mark Thomas on 'You are what you drink': the genetics, evolution and archaeology of drinking milk.

Tickets cost £8 or £5 for concessions. Phone 020 7409 2992 to book.


There is a lovely programme of events, 'The Healing Arts' exploring the literary influences of medicine at Keats House in Hampstead.

Wednesday 11 May, 7 pm. 'Medicine and Keats', a talk by Dr Hillas Smith
Wednesday 25 May, 7 pm. 'The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hunter', a talk by Simon Chaplin
Wednesday 1 June, 7 pm. Poetry readings by U A Fanthorpe.
Wednesday 8 June, 7 pm. 'Physicians to all men', a talk on the influence of Keat's medical training on his poetry by Dr Naomi Lightman

You can book by telephoning 020 74352062. Further details here.


The Dana Centre behind the Science Museum continues to put on a varied and interesting programme. Events this month include:

Wednesday 11 May: 'Meet the Mighty Gene Machine'. An interactive drama looking at the implications of storing genetic profiles.
Thursday 12 May: 'Can you eat yourself healthy?' Expert-panel led discussion on the link between diet and health.
Wednesday, 18 May: Dinner@Dana. Cafe Scientifique event during which Erin Brunner talks on work stress and health.
Thursday, 19 May: 'Is it you or I who should be in the asylum?' Why are people with severe personality disorders locked up?
Friday, 20 May: 'DNA, genes and the brain'. A biggie: James Watson in discussion with Colin Blakemore.
Tuesdays, 24 and 31 May: 'Punk Science: the Albert Einstein Experience'. Okay, not exactly medical but it sounds like fun.

Events are free (except Dinner@Dana) but you do need to pre-book by phoning 020 7942 4040 or e-mailing

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