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Conference organised by Dr Anna Marie Roos and sponsored by Cultures of Knowledge, University of Oxford and the Mellon Foundation; the Royal Society; and the Wellcome Trust.

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This conference considers the interrelationships between medicine and the endeavour of natural history in the seventeenth-century.  It will be held to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Martin Lister (1639-1712), Royal Physician and the first arachnologist and conchologist. The meeting will not only address Lister's work but will consider to what extent practices and technologies of natural history changed between the Renaissance and the seventeenth century. We will also explore how acquisition of natural history knowledge and new schemes of taxonomy affected perception and treatment of animals for medical and experimental use.

You can download the full conference programme (PDF). Abstracts of the papers are available below, along with recorded audio of most of the presentations. The papers will be published in a future issue of Notes & Records of the Royal Society.

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