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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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Racial Science and Slavery in U.S. Medical Schools: A Roundtable Discussion

The Morris Dillard Lecture Presented by the Program for Humanities in Medicine and the Section for the History of Medicine November 30, 2022 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM This discussion will be held as a hybrid meeting. There are 2 locations: online via Zoom or in-person: The Anylan Center Auditorium, N107, 300 Cedar St, New Haven Closed-captioning & American Sign Language interpreters will be available on Zoom. Registration Link:

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