History Matters in Medicine
Over a quarter of Duke’s first-year medical class participates regularly in the History of Medicine Interest Group. Students meet every month to discuss historical topics that often bear on medicine today, ranging from vaccine controversies to the pharmaceutical industry and evidence-based medicine. At the December 6 session, Dr Margaret Humphreys will be discussing Marrow of Tragedy, her newest book on medicine during the American Civil War. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margaret Humphreys, MD, PhD is the Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine at Duke University, with appointments in the History Department and the School of Medicine. An historian of science and medicine, Professor Humphreys has focused her research and publications primarily on infectious disease in the US and the American south, as well as the history of medicine during the American Civil War. Her fourth book, Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), explores the impact of disease and medical care on troops in the War of the Rebellion. In addition to her own research, she was editor in chief of the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences from 1999 to 2012. She currently teaches the global history of medicine, public health, and biology at Duke University.
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