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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 Distinguished Annual 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.

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The Never Ending Story of the 1918 Pandemic

In a talk co-sponsored by the Center for Bioethics, Joanna Radin, PhD, associate professor in the section of History of Medicine, takes a look back at the devastating pandemic that many see as the closest modern parallel to the COVID-19 emergency. The talk includes commentary from Professors John Warner and Naomi Rogers.

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