The overarching objective of the 4th International Conference on the History of Occupational and Environmental Medicine was to advance the field of occupational and environmental health history by bringing together a cross-disciplinary group of U.S. and international clinicians, health care researchers, historians, and policy makers to exchange information through a didactic training workshop, through formal presentations, and by facilitating less structured, collegial discussions. The Conference offered a concentrated half-day training workshop in occupational and environmental history methods, provided a series of thematic keynote presentations by recognized leaders in the field that were also linked to panel discussions, and hosted original research presentations submitted as abstracts (63 submissions) that were vetted in the run-up to the meeting. The accepted abstract presentations were divided into 10 thematic groups running in paired-concurrent sessions spread throughout the conference. Published proceedings fully documented the scientific content and allowed further dissemination (see below). The Conference, which took place in San Francisco, CA June 19- 22, 2010, included a total of 141 registered attendees from 18 countries; 24 U.S. states were represented. A key cadre of 20 of the leading international PHD-level historians of occupational and environmental health worldwide participated, joined by physicians, nurses, public health practitioners, and industrial hygienists. The formal program evaluation, which was overseen by the UCSF Department of Continuing Medical Education, was extremely positive. The program proceedings (edited by Brian Dolan and Paul Blanc) have been published in the Perspectives in Medical Humanities book series. This series is a relatively new, digital publication effort on the part of the University of California Medical Humanities Consortium in partnership with the prestigious U.C. Press and the California Digital Library (Blanc PD, Dolan B., eds. At work in the world: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on the History of Occupational and Environmental Health. (San Francisco: Perspectives in Medical Humanities, University of California Medical Humanities Press, 2012). http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/421335gr#
).This series of edited books and monographs aims to represent innovative views about and within medicine and the health sciences and has selected our conference proceedings as consistent with that mission. In summary, all of the originally stated goals of the Conference were successfully met.