Lecture: Why the History of Health and Medicine Matters

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


Special Collections Reading Room (room 460), J. Paul Leonard Library
J. Paul Leonard Library Special Collections & Archives
Bianca Finley Alper


Please join us for a special lecture presented in conjunction with our current exhibition, "Through One Child's Eyes: Medical Missionaries in Nigeria in the 1960s." Rachael Hill, Ph.D. candidate, Stanford University: The social and cultural history of health and medicine can uncover a variety of political, social and economic conditions that are crucial to understanding the larger history of a region. In the African context, colonial epidemics provided a foundation on which to construct theories about bodies that cannot be historically disassociated from the ideologies that underpinned and justified European domination. The social etiology of disease, a phenomenon central to indigenous African therapeutic systems has recently entered into the work of western epidemiologists and physicians. Hill is a graduate of San Francisco State University's M.A. program, interested in the history of health and medicine in Africa. Her dissertation research focuses on the history of medicinal plant research and therapeutic pluralism in 20th century Ethiopia.


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