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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.

Department News

  • Naomi Rogers to Speak on Women, Feminism, and American Medicine, March 18th at 3:00 PM

    Join the Working Women’s Network for a Women’s History Month discussion on women, feminism, and American medicine with guest speaker Naomi Rogers, Ph.D. She will discuss the feminist women’s health movement, and how it empowered women’s knowledge, regarding their health and battle against paternalistic and oppressive practices within healthcare systems.

    Source: Working Women's Network
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  • Unjust Treatment

    Zoe Adams explores the troubled history of New York’s methadone clinics, and questions whether one particular form of healing needs its own separate space in the first place.

    Source: Urban Omnibus
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  • How Indigenous scientists are using biomedical research to seek 'genomic justice'

    For decades, non-Indigenous scientists have taken samples from Indigenous people for future studies, often without clear consent. But a new generation of Indigenous scientists is taking biomedical research in a new direction – asking important questions about who controls the research process and the data derived from it. Professor Joanna Radin and HSHM alum Tess Lanzarotta join the discussion about data equity and how Indigenous scientists are using biomedical research to seek 'genomic justice'.

    Source: CBC.CA
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  • Elias E. Manuelidis Memorial Fund Research Grant Opportunity

    The Section of the History of Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine invites applications for the Elias E. Manuelidis Memorial Fund Research Grant. This is a program, open to all Yale students, to support research in the history of medicine with an emphasis on issues of discrimination and social justice. Please find details for the 2021-2022 opportunity below. Application submission deadline is October 15, 2021.

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  • HSHM/SHEA Lecture Dates

    The History of Science and Medicine in partnership with SHEA (STEM and Health Equity Advocates) at Yale announce their Fall 2021 Lecture series dates and speakers.

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  • Polio and Its Role in Shaping American Physical Therapy

    By Naomi Rogers When polio epidemics first appeared in the United States in the 1890s, paralyzing children in Vermont and then across the rest of New England, Boston orthopedic surgeon Robert Lovett and physical therapists Wilhemine Wright and Janet Merrill developed therapies based on the concept of rest and the enforced straightening of limbs.

    Source: Physical Therapy Vol. 101, Issue 6
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