Four Coastal Carolina University professors will probe the history of medicine and present their internationally recognized research in a lecture on Saturday, March 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Waccamaw Higher Education Center in Litchfield.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature Coastal history professors Brian Nance, Eliza Glaze, Barry Price and Anne Pierce. Nance and Glaze will present during the first session of the event, and Price and Pierce will present during the second session.
Nance's discussion is titled "How to Save the Lord Treasurer's Life: Turquet de Mayerne and the Final Illness of Robert Cecil." The lecture is taken from a paper Nance recently presented at Oxford University's All Souls College about the trove of medical records left by the Cecil family, high-ranking ministers to Elizabeth I and James I of England. Nance is involved in a large-scale project sponsored by the Wellcome Institute to edit and digitize these rare papers, which offer valuable information about the practice of medicine in Elizabethan and Jacobean England.
Glaze is a medieval historian and will present a lecture on "The Politics of Bathing in Medieval Italy: Medicine and Power in the Poems of Peter of Eboli." She will discuss the economic rivalry that arose over healing, medicinal bathing and what could be referred to as medieval tourism in southern Italy during the High Middle Ages.
Price will discuss the migration of the great flu in a discussion titled "Trans-Atlantic Perspectives on the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918." Price examined South Carolina newspapers and records from hospitals and funeral homes around the state to provide an engaging and more precise picture of the impact of the great flu epidemic on the Palmetto state.
Pierce will examine the impact of the great flu on Scotland in "The Scottish Experience of the Great Flu Epidemic." Pierce spent a year in Aberdeen, Scotland, exploring archives, and her lecture will draw upon this research in order to discuss the impact of the 1918 flu epidemic on Scotland and northern England.
For more information, call 349-4032.