Collection Number: 40476

Collection Title: Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 900 items)
Abstract Michael Rogers McVaugh (1938- ) is a professor emeritus in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Records include talks given by Dr. McVaugh to local and regional groups and at conferences or professional meetings, some published and some unpublished. Topics of talks include the history of extrasensory perception (ESP) and parapsychology, the history of medicine in medieval Spain, the history of medieval surgery, and medieval Arabic-Hebrew-Latin translations of medical texts.
Creator McVaugh, M. R. (Michael Rogers), 1938-
Language English
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Michael McVaugh Papers #40476, University Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Recieved from Michael McVaugh (RT 20170224.1).
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Michael Rogers McVaugh (1938- ) is a professor emeritus in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His scholarship focuses on the history of medicine and surgery, particularly in the Middle Ages in Europe. Since 1975, he has edited the works of medieval physician Arnau de Vilanova.

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Talks given by Dr. McVaugh to local and regional groups and at conferences or professional meetings, some published and some unpublished. Topics of talks include the history of extrasensory perception (ESP) and parapsychology, the history of medicine in medieval Spain, the history of medieval surgery, and medieval Arabic-Hebrew-Latin translations of medical texts.

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900 items.

Arrangement: As recieved from the creator.

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"Psychical Research at Harvard, 1915-1940," paper given at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 6 March 1980 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Medieval Health Manpower: Counting Physicians in the Middle Ages," Institute for the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, 22 September 1983 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"The Two Callings of Arnau de Villanova," annual meeting of Medieval Academy of America, Tuscon, Ariz., 2 April 1993 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"The 'Medicalization' of Insanity in 14th-Century Spain," Society of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 25 April 1991 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"A Royal Patient and His Physicians: James II of Aragon (1291-1327)," Institute for the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, 19 March 1981 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Parapsychology and Professional Psychologists, 1934-38," Cheiron (International Society for the History of the Behavioral and Social Sciences), Washington, D.C., 28 May 1976 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Medieval Science," panel discussion–"A Celebration of the Career of Tom Glick," Boston University, 9 May 2013 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"The Potential Cautery," 5th Annual Conference–Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science, Durham-Chapel Hill, N.C., 21 February 2003 and Johns Hopkins Program in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Baltimore, Md., 12 February 2003 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Wine in medieval surgery," Fourier Historical Dining Club, Imperial College of Science, Medicine, and Technology, London, 22 November 1994 and Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Cambridge University, 1 November 1994 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"'An Ailment Not to be Treated': The Rationality of Pre-Modern Surgery," New York Academy of Medicine, 29 November 2005 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Historiography of Medieval Medicine over Fifty Years: A Personal Perspective," Program in History of Science and Medicine, Tel Aviv University, 27 March 2012 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Patient Treatment in the Middle Ages," colloquium–"Current Research in the History of Health, Medicine, and Disease," Coastal Carolina University, Conway, S.C., 14 April 2016 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"From Greek or Arabic?–The Transmission of Medical Thought to the Later Middle Ages," symposium–"Byzantium and the Latin West: Conflict and Assimilation," 1994 Medieval Lecture Series, University of New Mexico, 28 February 1994 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Reconstructing a Thirteenth-Century Surgeon’s Practice: Ugo Borgognoni da Lucca," annual meeting–American Association for the History of Medicine, Charleston, S.C., 21 April 2001 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"A Fourteenth-Century Surgeon," Oxford University, 29 May 1997 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Do Illnesses Have Names?" and "Do Illnesses Have Cures?," NEH Summer Seminar–"Disease in the Middle Ages," Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London, 27-28 July 2009 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"L'ecriture de la chirurgie en Occident medieval (Learned Latin Surgery in the Middle Ages)," Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Section des sciences historiques et philologiques, Paris, March-April 2001 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Medical Licensing and Learning in Aragon and New Spain," 10th session of UCLA Programs in Medical Classics (Medicine in the Age of Columbus), 7-8 December 1992 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Professional Rivalries in Medical Practice," conference–"Christendom and its Discontents," UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 26 January 1991 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Tremor, Rigor, and Spasm: An Aspect of the Medieval Transmission of Medical Terminology," annual meeting–History of Science Society, Madison, Wis., 28 October 1978 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Montpellier commentaries on the Isagoge," Ninth Conference on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, 9 May 1974 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"De amore heroic (Arnold of Villanova): Its Place in Medieval Discussions of amor ereos," Fifth Citadel Conference on Literature, Charleston, S.C., 15 March 1985 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"How Arabic Science Passed the Latins," spring meeting of Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies seminar, Columbia, S.C., 23 March 1996 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Reconstructing the medieval translation(s) of an Arabic medical text into Latin and Hebrew," workshop–"Current Research in the History of Health and Medicine," Coastal Carolina University, 14 October 2014 and College of Charleston, 16 October 2014 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"The Meaning of 'Salernitan' in Thirteenth-Century Medicine," annual meeting of American Association for the History of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, 24 April 2009 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Alcohol, Rose Water, and the Blessed Oil of Bricks," conference on "'The Rising Dawn': The Contribution of Alchemy to Medieval Medicine and Intellectual Life," University of East Anglia, 21 March 2002 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Arnold of Villanova and His World," Kings College, London, 19 May 1997 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Bocium: Or, Goiter in the Middle Ages," annual meetings of American Association for the History of Medicine, Philadelphia, 29 April 2011 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Dropsy," annual meetings of Medieval Academy of America, Tempe, Ariz., 15 March 2001 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

Book Presentation, Arnau de Villanova, Hippocratic Commentaries (AVOMO XIV), Institucio Mila I Fontanals/CSIC, Barcelona, 22 October 2015 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"The Baroque Kidney," Friends of the UNC Library, Chapel Hill, 20 September 2001 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Charles Darwin," Program in the Humanities and Human Values, University of North Carolina, 16-17 April 1993 and 1 March 1983 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Medicine, The Middle Ages, and the Black Death," Program in the Humanities for the Study of Human Values, University of North Carolina, 27-28 February 1998 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"The Problem of Certitude in Fourteenth-Century Medicine," Department of Philosophy, University of North Carolina, 19 February 1988 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"When Does the History of Medicine Begin?" Undergraduate History Association, University of North Carolina, 18 March 1980 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Experimental Psychical Research, 1915-40," Davidson College, 22 January 1979 and "Parapsychology and Professional Psychologists, 1934-38," Davidson College, 24 October 1975  #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"The History of Psychology, 1900-1940," Summer Study Program, Institute for Parapsychology, Durham, 9 June 1993 and 7 June 1989; Psych 104, University of North Carolina, 1975 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Stoppard's 'Arcardia: The Genius of the Place,'" Program in the Humanities for the Study of Human Values, University of North Carolina, 26-27 April 1997 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Medicine form the Pre-Modern Physician’s Perspective" and "Medicine from the Pre-Modern Patient’s Perspective," 115th Annual Session of Seaboard Medical Association, Kitty Hawk, N.C., 25-26 June 2010 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Charles Darwin," Program in the Humanities and Human Values, University of North Carolina, 2-3 June 2006 and 20-21 January 2006 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"The Black Death," Program in the Humanities and Human Values, University of North Carolina, 5-6 April 2002 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Medical Practitioners and Professionals in Medieval Spain," Trent Society, Duke University, 6 September 1984 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Doctors and Patients in Medieval Spain," UNC Philological Club, 8 February 1983; History Symposium at Charlotte Day School, 15 January 1983; Bullitt Medical History Club at UNC, 2 December 1982; Department of Social and Administrative Medicine at UNC, 14 September 1982 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"The Introduction of Arabic Science and Medicine at Montpellier," UNC Philological Club, 7 April 1971 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Fifty Years of Parapsychology: An Historian’s View," Dialectic and Philanthropic Literary Societies, University of North Carolina, 30 January 1975 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"The Lover’s Malady," Arts and Lecture Series, Peace College, 7 October 1985; Bullitt Medical History Club, UNC, 16 April 1981 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Parapsychology and Psychology: the Evolution of a Scientific Controversy," University of North Carolina, 20 May 1976 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"On the Difficulties of Retrospective Diagnosis," Health and Humanities Exchange, University of North Carolina, 11 November 2016 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Health, Ethics, and Difficult Choices," Charlotte, N.C., 7 September 1985 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Avicenna’s Influence of Western Medicine," Duke University, 25 March 1981 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Parapsychology–Its History, Methods, and Problems," Guilford College, 17 March 1976 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Naturalism and Science in the Thirteenth Century," Peace College, 10 November 1975 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"East to West: Twelfth-Century Translators," Peace College, 12 February 1980 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"The Early Affinities of Psychical Research and History of Science," annual dinner meeting of Foundation for Research on the Nature of Man, Durham, N.C., 30 November 1979 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Historical Origins of the Development of Experimental Science," Institute of Marine Biomedical Research, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 27 March 1980 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Isaac Newton," Program in the Humanities for the Study of Human Values, University of North Carolina, 13-14 October 2000 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Arabic into Latin (Or, Why Medical Schools Got Started)," Bullitt Medical History Club and Trent Medical History Society, University of North Carolina, 10 November 2009 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Reflections of the History of Parapsychology," Parapsychology Workshop (UNC Speech 155), University of North Carolina, 6 April 1987 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Imagining Interiority: Vesalius and the Kidney," symposium – "Animated Anatomies: The Human Body in Anatomical Texts from the 16th to the 21st Centuries," Duke University, 18 April 2011 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"The Medieval Surgeon: Myths, Stereotypes, and Reality," Medical Center Hour, University of Virginia School of Medicine, 10 March 1999; Department of Medical Humanities, School of Medicine, East Carolina University, 1 March 1999; Medieval Studies Program, University of North Carolina, 24 March 1999 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Effects to Large Anions on Caiton Concentration along the Distal [Renal] Tubule," Department of Physiology, University of Michigan, summer 1958 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

Acceptance speech for the Sarton Medal, History of Science Society, Montreal, 5 November 2010 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

"Practical Pharmacy and Medical Theory at the End of the Thirteenth Century," 2011-2017 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

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"Science, New England, and the Climate Crisis of 1816-1817," 11 March 2017 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

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"Climate Change, Harvard, and the 'Year Without a Summer,'" 17 March 2017 #40476, Series: "Michael McVaugh Papers, 1974-2017." Box 1

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Processing Information

Processed by: Carson Fish and Jennifer Coggins, February 2017

Encoded by: Laura Smith, April 2017

Finding aid updated for addition by Jennifer Coggins and Laura Smith, June 2017 (RT 20170602.1).

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