Professor in the History of Medicine and of History
About the Program
Yale University offers a Program in the History of Science and Medicine leading to the M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., and J.D./Ph.D. degree
The History of Science and Medicine Program is a semi-autonomous graduate track within the Department of History. The Program's students are awarded degrees in History, with a concentration in the History of Science and Medicine. Graduate students in the Program are fully fledged members of the Department. As with the rest of the Department, Program instruction is offered in small classes by the seminar method or some appropriate modification of this approach. Faculty advisers for individual guidance and direction are available throughout the entire period of enrollment. The Program provides many opportunities for professional development in teaching and research.
Candidates with top qualifications for graduate study in the History of Science and Medicine come from diverse educational backgrounds, sometimes characterized by study and experience in technical and/or clinical subjects that are not ordinarily part of preparation for graduate study in History. The Program will weigh such qualifications in evaluating applicants.
The Program offers opportunities for students to pursue degrees in concentrations that span the full range of the history of science and history of medicine, from antiquity to modern times. The broad interests of its faculty provide special opportunities to cross the boundaries between these two fields, with emphasis on the biomedical sciences and their connections both with medical practices and the physical sciences.
Goals of the Program
Special advantages offered by the program include library resources that are among the best in North America. The Medical Historical Library contains renowned collections and rare works in the history of medicine and related sciences. The university library system as a whole has exceptional depth in original sources for the history of all the major sciences.
- Naomi Rogers, Ph.D. (She/Her) is Professor of the History of Medicine in the Section of the History of Medicine and the Program in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University where she regularly teaches undergraduates, graduate students, and medical students.Her historical interests include gender and health; disease and public health; disability; medicine and film; and alternative medicine/CAM.Her publications include Dirt and Disease: Polio before FDR (Rutgers, 1992), An Alternative Path: The Making and Remaking of Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital of Philadelphia (Rutgers, 1998) and Polio Wars: Sister Kenny and the Golden Age of American Medicine (Oxford, 2014). Her current book project examines critics of medical orthodoxy since 1945 (Health Activism and the Humanization of American Medicine under contract with Oxford).She has taught at Yale since the mid-1990s and is Professor of the History of Medicine in the Section of the History of Medicine at the Yale Medical School and in Yale University’s Program in the History of Science and Medicine, with courtesy appointments in the History Department and the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.
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