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Invited Speakers

Emilie Savage-Smith

Invited Speaker Emilie Savage-SmithEmilie Savage-Smith, Ph.D., is Senior Research Associate, The Oriental Institute and Senior Research Fellow, St Cross College, Oxford. Her works include “The Exchange of Medical and Surgical Ideas between Europe and Islam” (1999); “The Practice of Surgery in Islamic Lands:  Myth and Reality” (2000); Medieval Islamic Medicine (with co-author P. Pormann, 2007); and A New Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, Volume 1: Arabic Manuscripts on Medicine and Related Topics (forthcoming). In 1996, she served as curator for a stunning exhibit of Islamic medical manuscripts at the National Library of Medicine.

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Anne Grauer

Invited Speaker Anne GrauerAnne Grauer, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Loyola University of Chicago.  Trained as a biological anthropologist, Dr. Grauer has published extensively on many aspects of paleopathology and paleodemography.  Having done several studies analyzing mortality and morbidity patterns in selected gravesites in England, Dr. Grauer is now engaged on a major study of the physical lives and deaths of medieval women with the leading paleopathologist of the Anglophone world, Charlotte Roberts.

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Michael R. McVaugh

Invited Speaker Michael R. McVaughMichael McVaugh, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His award-winning 1993 book, Medicine before the Plague: Doctors and Patients in the Crown of Aragon, 1285-1335 explored the social and cultural aspects of medicine. Since 1975 he has been a general editor of the collected Latin writings of one of the most famous of medieval physicians, Arnau de Vilanova (d. 1311). Recently he has turned his attention to medieval surgery and its place in the world of medieval learning; he has edited the last great surgical treatise of the Middle Ages, Guy de Chauliac’s Inventarium or Chirurgia magna (1997), and written a close analysis of how medieval surgery became “scientific,” The Rational Surgery of the Middle Ages (2006).

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