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.
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.