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Seventh Annual Medical History Conference set at MSU April 24

March 16, 2007

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Tel: (406) 994-4571
The seventh annual conference on the Medical History of the West will be held in the Hager Auditorium of the Museum of the Rockies on the Montana State University in Bozeman, Tuesday, April 24.

The conference theme is "Mining and Medicine: Drills, Dynamite, Dust, and Disease."

Sponsored by the WWAMI Medical Education Program at Montana State University in Bozeman and by the Volney Steele Memorial Endowment, the conference will bring together historians and medical experts on topics related to mining and health. Presentations will include ones by Brad Black on "Asbestosis and Other Health Issues in Libby Today,", Tim LeCain on "The Anaconda Smelter and Human Health," Fred Quivik on "Mining in the West: Overview and Health Issues" and "Conflict in the Realm of Medical Science: Battling Veterinarians in the Anaconda Smelter Smoke Litigation, 1902-1914", Connie Staudohar on "The Galen Sanitarium: Treating Miner's Con and TB," and Brett Walker on "Japan's Kamioka Mine: Engineering Human Diseases."

This free program, which is open to the public, has afternoon (12:30 p.m.) and evening (7:00 p.m.) sessions, with a dessert and coffee reception at 6:30 p.m. For additional information and to register in advance for the conference, please call the MSU WWAMI Medical Educational Program at 406-994-4411 or e-mail:

Contact: Arthur B. Coffin, 406-587-4939 or