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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Almeling explains why no medical specialty exists that is devoted to male reproductive health—the guy equivalent of gynecology. When it comes to penis science, it seems, men have gotten shafted.
- February 10, 2021
Naomi Rogers, professor of the history of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, said while polio was not a large driver of childhood illness or death, the possible paralytic effects of polio struck fear in many American families, particularly during the summer months when polio cases were known to rise.
- February 02, 2021Source: Yale News
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Naomi Rogers, professor in the history of medicine and history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, has been called upon by the media and others to offer a historical perspective on epidemics, public health, science, and medicine. She recently spoke with YaleNews about what past epidemics can teach us about the present crisis, what the pandemic has taught her as a historian, and how a rise in misinformation and anti-science sentiments during a public health emergency is nothing new.
- January 08, 2021Source: Popular Science
After the invention of the smallpox treatment, some resisted it, says Naomi Rogers, a professor of the history of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. Others were concerned about access and equity.
- December 16, 2020Source: Stars and Stripes
"In the 50s and early 60s, it was really a high point of medical American science," said Naomi Rogers, a professor of the history of medicine at Yale University.
- November 12, 2020Source: The Washington Post
Storing and distributing a vaccine — especially the potential Pfizer vaccine, which must be frozen until use at -70°C, around the temperature of dry ice — poses a significant challenge. Rural cattle breeders offer a solution.
- October 28, 2020Source: Inside Higher Ed
Naomi Rogers says COVID-19 has "highlighted problems which many Yale faculty and staff had been able to keep under the radar with a kind of patchwork of care that is now almost impossible to reestablish or rely on."
- October 23, 2020
Professor Naomi Rogers Wed, 28 October 2020 1:15 – 3:00 EST
- September 30, 2020Source: Nature
This is a significant moment, says Naomi Rogers, a historian of medicine at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. “It’s an even more powerful example of the devastation of this particular pandemic, which, as we live through it, has been very easy to normalize."
- September 23, 2020
Evaluating and Deploying Covid-19 Vaccines — The Importance of Transparency, Scientific Integrity, and Public TrustSource: The New England Journal of Medicine
Jason L. Schwartz, PhD