Medicine by Design: the Architect and the Modern Hospital, is the title of the 2008 Dr. Nigel Rusted Lecture in the Medical Humanities. It takes place at noon on Friday, Nov. 14, in the main auditorium of the Health Sciences Centre.
The speaker is Dr. Annmarie Adams, the William C. Macdonald Professor at the School of Architecture at McGill University. She is the author of Architecture in the Family Way: Doctors, Houses, and Women, 1870-1900 (McGill-Queens University Press, 1996), which was awarded the Jason A. Hannah Medal from the Royal Society of Canada in 1999, as an outstanding contribution to the history of medicine.
Dr. Adams’ most recent book, Medicine by Design: The Architect and the Modern Hospital, 1893-1943, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2008.
Dr. Adams’ research uses non-traditional, interdisciplinary sources to
uncover the relationships people believed existed between their bodies and the spaces they inhabit. In more general terms, her work draws on the research
methods of scholars who consider buildings as artifacts of material culture, and who assume that material and spatial evidence is as valid, or perhaps even a more accurate gauge of patterns of living than written texts.