Section of the History of Medicine

The Section of the History of Medicine is a freestanding unit in the Yale University School of Medicine engaged with research and teaching in the history of medicine, the life sciences, and public health. In addition to instruction for medical students, including mentoring M.D. theses, the faculty collaborates with colleagues in the History Department, in the Program in the History of Science and Medicine, which offers graduate programs leading to the M.A., Ph.D., and combined M.D./Ph.D. degrees and an undergraduate major in the History of Science/History of Medicine. The Section contributes to the Program's colloquia, and sponsors lectures, workshops, and symposia in medical history. Through research and teaching, the faculty seeks to understand medical ideas, practices, and institutions in their broad social and cultural contexts, and to provide intellectual tools to engage with the challenges faced by contemporary medicine.

Spring 2017

Roberts Flyer

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 4:30 PM 

333 Cedar Street, Medical Historical Library

Samuel K. Roberts, PhD, Director, Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Associate Professor of History, School of Arts & Sciences, Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Mallman School of Public Health, Columbia University

"Politics, Pariahs, and Political Subjects; or, How to Write 'Recovery' During Drug Prohibition"

Dr. Samuel Kelton Roberts, Jr., is Director of Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS), Associate Professor of History (School of Arts & Sciences) and Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences (Mailman School of Public Health). He writes, teaches, and lectures widely on African-American history, medical and public health history, urban history, issues of policing and criminal justice, and the history of social movements.

Keynote Address, Critical Histories & Activist Futures Conference