Commission on History
The commission on the History of ILAE and of Epileptology
has worked mainly by correspondence. The chairperson and one of
its members (S. Ried) visited separately the Museum for Epileptology
in Kork/Kehl and met with our co-member and initiator of the Museum
Hansjorg Schneble. The chairperson together with another member
(T. Reynolds) visited the Science Museum in London and met with
the curator in charge of the medicine section ms. dr. Gillam Lawrence.
Furthermore they visited ms dr. Lesley A. Hall, senior assistant
archivist of the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre Wellcome Institute
for the History of Medicine.
Given the fact that the archives of ILAE as far as
available up to 1993 are presently under expert care in the Hauptarchiv
of Bethel Bielefeld and that it the present Secretary General of
ILAE will add the archives 1993-2001 to this stock, there is no
compelling reason at this moment to transfer archives to the Contemporary
Medical Archives Centre Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine,
although this option should be periodically scrutinised from the
point of view of the accessibility of the archives.
It is therefore recommended that the ILAE executive
decides to designate the Hauptarchiv of Bethel Bielefeld as caretaker
of the ILAE archives free of charge to ILAE and that a contract
between Bethel and ILAE to this effect be concluded.
The Epileptology Museum in Kork/Kehl is located in
the Municipal Museum in four rooms. It has an interesting collection
which is presented in a well organized and instructive manner. Kork/Kehl
is the town where the Epilepsiezentrum Kork is established. The
city is across the Rhine from Strasbourg at about 25 kilometers
It is recommended that the ILAE (preferably in
conjunction with IBE, for simplicity only ILAE is written where
both may be involved) reaches an agreement with those responsible
for the Epileptology Museum in Kork/Kehl that this Museum, further
named "the Museum" is to be an ILAE collaborating Museum.
ILAE and the Museum agree:
1. To establish a commission on the History of Epileptology
and of the ILAE (COHIS).
2. That items financed by or on behalf of ILAE will be registered
as such and remain property of ILAE.
COHIS is charged to
Establish a catalogue of all museums or collectors
possessing relevant materials.
Collect and promote collection of relevant materials
to supplement the relevant materials available at "the Museum".
Advise "the Museum" and ILAE about exhibiting
historic materials at appropriate locations on appropriate occasions.
Advise "the Museum" and ILAE about the financial
and technical aspects of maintaining the legacy of history.
On behalf of the present commission I herewith express
our appreciation for the attention of the ILAE executive to these
matters. We look forward to being informed about the decisions taken
by the ILAE executive and to further instructions how to proceed.
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