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06-07-2017

Clarkson University's Stephen Casper Gives Neurology Grand Rounds at Dartmouth School of Medicine; Publishes Compilation of Essays

Clarkson University Associate Professor of History Stephen T. Casper was recently invited to give Neurology Grand Rounds at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine.

The cover of Clarkson University Associate Professor of History Stephen T. Casper's most recent book, The History of the Brain and Mind Sciences: Technique, Technology, and Therapy.His hour-long lecture was titled “Concussion: An Intellectual History, 1870-2012.”

Casper is now writing a book titled Punch-Drunk and Dementia: A History of Concussion, 1870-2012, which is part of his broader program of research focused on histories of disturbances of consciousness, ranging from concussion to brain death.

In the past year, Casper was invited to lecture at several prestigious institutions on the topic of disturbances of consciousness.

At the Autonomous University of Barcelona he participated in a prestigious, two-day global conference on “locked-in syndrome,” a tragic neurological condition in which the patient remains fully aware, but suffers from almost complete motor paralysis. Casper's historical talk in Barcelona described the discovery of locked-in syndrome.

Casper was subsequently invited to speak on the history and ethics of locked-in syndrome as well as other minimally conscious states, including brain death, at Cornell-Weil Medical School and the Institute for the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University.

Casper’s most recent book is titled The History of the Brain and Mind Sciences: Technique, Technology, and Therapy. The hardback, which he co-edited with University of Winnipeg Assistant Professor of History Delia Gavrus, is a compilation of essays that collectively tell a story about the ways that epidemics, zoos, methamphetamine, disgruntled technicians, museums and whipping cream shaped the modern neurosciences. It appeared in May with the University of Rochester Press. A paperback version is planned for next year.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: The cover of Clarkson University Associate Professor of History Stephen T. Casper's most recent book, The History of the Brain and Mind Sciences: Technique, Technology, and Therapy.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/history-brain-cover.jpg.]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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