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

RSSJ Wangui muigai

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 4:30 PM 

Race, Science & Social Justice - A History of Science & Medicine Lecture Series Sponsored by the Office of the Provost of Yale University

320 York Street, Hall of Graduate Studies, Room 211

Wangui Muigai, PhD Candidate, Princeton University

"To Educate and Eliminate: Black Midwives and the Problem of Infant Mortality" 

Wangui is a doctoral candidate in the Program in the History of Science at Princeton University, studying the history of medicine and public health in the U.S. Her dissertation examines infant mortality in African American communities from the era of slavery to the Great Migration. 

In 2017 she will serve as the ACOG History Fellow in the History of American Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 2015-2016 she was a Fellow in the Society of Woodrow Wilson Scholars.

Wangui received an A.B. cum laude from Harvard in History and Science. Her thesis, “The New Emancipation: Birth Control in the Black Community and the Story of the Harlem Branch Birth Control Clinic” was awarded the Thomas T. Hoopes prize.