Nutrition Panels at the May 2018 AAHM Meeting in Los Angeles

Kristen Ann Ehrenberger's picture

For those of you attending the American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) meeting in Los Angeles in May 2018, you might be interested to know the presentations organized around nutrition:

  1. Paper Session B6 (Friday, May 11): Medical Commodities in the Longue Durée
  • Elizabeth Semler, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, "Food as Commodity/Food as Medicine: Cardiovascular Disease in the Global West, 1950-2000"
  1. Poster Session A (Friday, May 11): Health Care and History in North America
  • Kimberly Killion, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, "The Chemist at the Table: Alternatives to 'Nutritionism' in the USDA Dietary Surveys, 1894-1904"
  1. Lunch Session L4 (Saturday, May 12): A Second Helping: Researching at the Intersection of Medical History and Food
  • Featuring Emily Contois, Brown University, Providence, RI; Fred Gibbs (H-Nutrition Editor), University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; Molly Laas, University of Wisconsin Madison, WI; Richard Meckel, Brown University, Providence, RI; Andrew Ruis (H-Nutrition Editor), University of Wisconsin Madison, WI; Hilary Smith, University of Denver, Denver, CO; Sarah Tracy, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; Travis Weisse, University of Wisconsin Madison, WI 
  1. Paper Session H1 (Sunday, May 13): Eating is Believing: Intersections Among the History of Nutrition, Health, and Systems of Belief, 1780s-1980s Chair: Molly Laas, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI
  • Travis Weisse, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, "Separating the Wheatgrass from the Chaff: Dissecting the Fight Against American Nutritional Quackery, 1955-1985"
  • Molly S. Laas, University of Göttingen Medical School, Göttingen, Germany, "The Morality of Consumption: Temperance Reform and Nutrition in Nineteenth-Century America"
  • Kristen Ann Ehrenberger (H-Nutrition Editor), University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, "What is a 'Balanced' Diet? The Moral and Political Economy of Vegetable Cookery in Early Twentieth-Century Germany"

The full draft program is available here. Meeting logistics can be found here. Anyone new to AAHM or who has questions about membership should absolutely feel free to reach out to Fred Gibbs, Andrew Ruis, or Kristen Ehrenberger.


Thanks, Kristen, for this summary!

If you are new to H-Nutrition and are planning to attend AAHM, feel free to let us know, or just find us at the conference. Many of the H-Nutrition editors and advisory board members will be in attendance, and we'd love to meet you!