NLM HIstory of Medicine Lecture, September 20

You are cordially invited to the next NLM History of Medicine lecture, to be held Thursday, September 20, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm in the NLM Lister Hill Auditorium, Building 38A, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD.  This special program will be the 2018 NLM James H. Cassedy Lecture in the History of Medicine.

This year’s lecture will be “Making the Case for History in Medical Education,” delivered by Dr. David S. Jones, MD, PhD, the A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard University.

Historians of medicine have struggled for centuries to make the case for history in medical education. They have developed many arguments about the value of historical perspective, but their efforts have faced persistent obstacles, from limited resources to curricular time constraints and skepticism about whether history actually is essential for physicians. Recent proposals have suggested that history should ally itself with the other medical humanities and make the case that together they can foster medical professionalism. Dr. Jones will articulate a different approach and make the case for history as an essential component of medical knowledge, reasoning, and practice. History offers essential insights into the causes of disease, the nature of efficacy, and the contingency of medical knowledge and practice amid the social, economic, and political contexts of medicine. These are all things that physicians must know in order to be effective diagnosticians and caregivers, just as they must learn anatomy or pathophysiology.

This lecture will be live-streamed globally and subsequently archived, by NIH VideoCasting.

All are welcome.

Sign language interpretation is provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate may contact Ken Koyle at 301-827-4599, e-mail, or via the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

In addition, we warmly welcome you to visit our blog, “Circulating Now,” where you can learn more about the collections and related programs of the History of Medicine Division of the NLM.

Here also you can read an interview with Dr. Jones about his upcoming lecture.

Due to current security measures at NIH, off-campus visitors are advised to consult the NLM Visitors and Security website.

Sponsored by:
NLM’s History of Medicine Division
Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD, Chief

Event contact:
Kenneth M. Koyle, Deputy Chief
History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, NIH

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