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.

HIGHLIGHTS 2017

NEW BOOK: Translating the Body: Medical Education in Southeast Asia
Translating the Body

John Harley Warner, Avalon Professor in the Section of the History of Medicine and Department Chair, Professor of History and of American Studies

Edited by Hans Pols, C. Michele Thompson & John Harley Warner  -  October 2017 -  ISBN: 978-981-4722-05-6

Western conceptions of the body differ significantly from indigenous knowledge and explanatory frameworks in Asia. As colonial governments assumed responsibility for health care, conceptions of the human body were translated into local languages and related to vernacular views of health, disease, and healing. The contributors to this volume chart and analyze the organization of western medical education in Southeast Asia, public health education in the region, and the response of practitioners of “traditional medicine”.

read more:  nuspress.nus.edu.sg/products/translating-the-body-medical-education-in-southeast-asia



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AAHM 2017 - Garrison Lecture
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Naomi Rogers, Yale Professor in the History of Medicine, and History, presented the AAHM's 2017 Garrison Lecture:  "Radical Visions of American Medicine:  Politics and Activism in the History of Medicine".

The Garrison Lecturer, a scholar distinguished for contributions to medical history or other fields of science and learning, presents original and previously unpublished research in a lecture given at the American Association for the History of Medicine's annual meeting. 

Click here for video highlights from the lecture   Video credit: Laurel Waycott, video editing: Katherrine Healey.


NEW BOOK: Life on Ice
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Joanna Radin, Assistant Professor of History of Medicine, of History and of Anthropology, has published a new book, Life on Ice: A History of New Uses for Cold Blood, which was named by Nature as a best book of the week.

After the atomic bombing at the end of World War II, anxieties about survival in the nuclear age led scientists to begin stockpiling and freezing hundreds of thousands of blood samples from indigenous communities around the world. These samples were believed to embody potentially invaluable biological information about genetic ancestry, evolution, microbes, and much more. In Life on Ice, Joanna Radin examines how and why these frozen blood samples shaped the practice known as biobanking.

read more:  www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/L/bo25681013.html