Next Wednesday, we have our final History of Medicine lecture of the 2018-2019 season, as Dr. Christin Hancock joins us to discuss the experimental treatment of syphilis in the twentieth century, focusing on one case in particular. It’s sure to be a fascinating examination of the social context of medicine in the U.S.! Come celebrate the last stretch of Humanities Month with us:
Unspeakable: Sex, madness, and the malarial treatment of syphilis in Middle America, 1925-1939
Dr. Christi Hancock, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of History, University of Portland
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 12:00pm
Light refreshments served
Join Dr. Hancock for an examination of the social history of the experimental malarial treatment of syphilis as it unfolded at the Central State Hospital for the Insane in Indianapolis, Indiana 1925-1939. Tracing the history of one patient in particular, Mabel Smith, alongside that of the hospital’s lead pathologist, Dr. Walter L. Bruetsch, the talk argues that power inequalities between patients and providers created the context for a steady stream of marginalized patients, which encouraged and sustained ethically questionable medical experimentation. The predominant class, race, and gender based assumptions of the Indianapolis interwar period are reflected in physician descriptions of their patients as well as in the experiment itself.
About the speaker: Christin Lee Hancock is Associate Professor of History at the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon where she currently serves as Department Chair. She teaches courses that explore gender, race, and social reform in modern U.S. history. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University. She is currently working on a book project that explores the social history of the malarial treatment of syphilis 1925-1939.
This event will also be streamed via our Echo360 online video platform (where it will also be available as a recording later).