Medical History Interest Group Lectures

The MHIG lectures promote a greater understanding of the historical and philosophical underpinnings of today’s health care disciplines. The lectures are sponsored by Laupus Library History Collections & the Department of Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies.

Many of our lectures have been recorded and are available in our archives.


Spring 2019 Schedule

A Dark Chapter in Military Medicine: Nazi Physicians & Holocaust Medicine

This presentation will explore how medical practitioners, medical ideology, and medical language were used throughout the Holocaust of WWII. We will explore how physicians came to be involved with the National Socialist Party, due to its positioning as a form of ‘applied biology,’ as well as the establishment of the Nationalsozialistischer Deutscher Ärztebund (National Socialist Physicians League). We will then briefly explore the better-known history of Holocaust medicine, exploring physician involvement in forced sterilization, institutionalized killing (Child Euthanasia, T4 Program, Wild Euthanasia, Operation 14f13, The Final Solution), and medical experimentation.

Monday, January 28, 2019 at 4:30pm

Presented by Sheena M. Eagan, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies

A History of Public Health Nursing in North Carolina

This presentation will highlight the stories of some of the first public health nurses in North Carolina around the turn of the 20th century. This was a significant time when nursing practice shifted from the bedside to the community across the country, and NC nurses began working in schools, industries, neighborhoods and churches. You will hear the stories of innovation and collaboration that marked the growth of a much needed public health nursing specialty in North Carolina.

Monday, February 25, 2019 at 4:30pm

Presented by LaShanda Brown, Ph.D., GNP, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, NC A & T State University

Pierre Fauchard: The Father of Modern Dentistry

Monday, March 25, 2019 at 4:30pm

Presented by Waldemar de Rijk, School of Dental Medicine (retired)

The Transformations of Autism

Historians have generally described autism as a syndrome that was “discovered” in 1943, remained a rare categorical diagnosis through the 1970s, and then was expanded into a “spectrum” in the 1980s. This talk will argue instead that the meaning and boundaries of autism have been contested from the beginning. It will explore how debates over autism intertwined with those over schizophrenia and intellectual disability, and how race, class, and education played into the diagnosis in complex ways that would make the diagnosis more visible in some populations than others.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 4:30pm

Presented by Jeffrey P. Baker, MD, PhD; Professor of Pediatrics and History; Director, Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine; Duke University School of Medicine


All lectures are held at the 4th floor Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery of the Laupus Library (except where noted).

Refreshments will be provided.

Lectures may be videotaped.

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