Applied Medical History
This working group explores the application of medical history in clinical medicine, health education, medical science, health policy, and global/public health. It aims to create a transdisciplinary conversation that focuses on active engagement. By bringing together scholars, learners, archivists, healthcare professionals, and activists, the working group strengthens existing connections and creates networks committed to translating insights from the history of medicine and health into tangible interventions addressing pressing medical and societal challenges. Recent historical events have provided a new urgency to not only expose historically entrenched structures of health-related disparities, discrimination, and systemic harm, but to work actively towards their dismantling. Building on a long history of engaged scholarship in the history of medicine, the group provides a space for new ways of thinking about medical history as an applied discipline.
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Participants at Consortium activities will treat each other with respect and consideration to create a collegial, inclusive, and professional environment that is free from any form of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.
Participants will avoid any inappropriate actions or statements based on individual characteristics such as age, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, nationality, political affiliation, ability status, educational background, or any other characteristic protected by law. Disruptive or harassing behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. Harassment includes but is not limited to inappropriate or intimidating behavior and language, unwelcome jokes or comments, unwanted touching or attention, offensive images, photography without permission, and stalking.
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Friday, April 21, 2023 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm EDT
Podcasting Applied Medical History
This session brings together scholars who have succeeded in creating broader conversations about the history of medicine and the social, racial, and economic determinants of health through the medium of podcasting.
Matthew Smith (University of Strathclyde): Producer/Host, "History in Action" Podcast
Max Jordan Nguemeni Tiako (Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA): Producer/Host, "Flip the Script" Podcast
Jacqueline Wolf (Ohio University): Producer/Host "Lifespan: Stories of Illness, Accident and Recovery" Podcast
Friday, May 19, 2023 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Group Discussion: Processing and Planning for Next Year
March 17, 2023
Teaching Under Adversity
This session will explore the challenges of teaching critical topics in the history of medicine in unreceptive, unsupportive, or unfriendly contexts, and the ways people have tried to navigate these challenges.
Adam Biggs (Rutgers University; University of South Carolina Lancaster)
Joseph Gabriel (Florida State University)
Courtney Thompson (Mississippi State University)
February 17, 2023
Community History without Historians: a New Haven Case Study
January 20, 2023
December 16, 2022
Teaching History of Medicine to Future and Current Medical Professionals
November 18, 2022
Emerging Priorities in Applied Medical History
In this panel discussion, current and former Nursing/MD-PhD students will reflect on their professional trajectories, consider the relationship between health care practice, research, and teaching, and discuss emerging priorities in Applied Medical History.
Confirmed panelists are:
October 21, 2022
‘Applied Medical History:’ Taking Stock
In this session, we will look back at scholarship that has been particularly influential to 'Applied Medical History.' In a panel discussion, we will hear from pioneers doing translational social sciences and humanities research as well as activist work in the field of healthcare and health policy. This will be followed by general discussion and questions.
Confirmed panelists are:
Prof. Jacalyn Duffin
Prof. Julie A. Fairman
Prof. Helena B. Hansen
Prof. Beatrix Hoffman
The (optional) readings provided offer snippets of each panelist's voluminous work; we encourage you to explore more of their scholarship on their respective websites.
We look forward to hopefully seeing you there!
September 16, 2022
Meet and Greet
Lisa Haushofer, MD PhD, is a medical doctor and a historian of science and medicine. She is currently Senior Research Associate at the Chair for the History of Medicine and the Center for Medical Humanities at the University of Zurich. She holds an MD from Witten-Herdecke University, an MA from University College London, and a PhD from Harvard University. Her research examines changing notions of cure in modern biomedicine. Her first book, Wonder Foods:
The Science and Commerce of Nutrition is forthcoming with California University Press in December 2022.
Kirsten Moore-Sheeley, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Program in the History of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She received her PhD in the History of Medicine in 2018 from Johns Hopkins University along with a Certificate in Global Health from the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has published some of her research in Social History of Medicine is currently completing her first book, Nothing But Nets: A Biography of Global Health Science and Its Objects, under contract with JHU Press.
Marco Ramos, MD PhD, is a Psychiatry Resident and Lecturer in the History of Medicine at Yale University. His historical research focuses on mental health, activism, and revolutionary politics in Latin America. His writing has appeared in clinical, academic, and popular journals, including The American Historical Review, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, JAMA, Lancet, and Boston Review. He is currently working on turning his dissertation into a book, tentatively titled Specters of Justice: Mental Health and Terror in Cold War Argentina. He will start as Assistant Professor in the Program for the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University in July 2022.
Carolyn Roberts, PhD, is a historian of medicine and science at Yale University. She holds a joint appointment in the departments of History/History of Science and Medicine, and African American Studies. Dr. Roberts also holds a secondary appointment at Yale School of Medicine in the Program in the History of Medicine. Her research interests concern the history of race, science, and medicine in the context of slavery and the Atlantic slave trade. Dr. Roberts is currently working on a book manuscript, To Heal and To Harm: Medicine, Healthcare, and Slave Trading in the British Atlantic World, which is under contract with Harvard University Press. She is also a popular workshop leader and speaker who brings critical historical perspectives to anti-racism interventions in science, medicine, and public health. Dr. Roberts has contributed to institutional efforts to diversify STEM, including anti-racist pedagogy and curricula with a variety of corporations, non-profit organizations, and institutions.