Why the History of Health and Medicine Matters

Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
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Rachael Hill discusses how 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. The social etiology of disease, a phenomenon central to indigenous African therapeutic systems has recently entered into the work of western epidemiologists and physicians. Free.
J. Paul Leonard Library, Special Collections Reading Room
History Department, J. Paul Leonard Library
Bianca Alper
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Hill earned her Master of Arts program in History from SF State and is a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University 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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