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Mission and Programs Overview

The Programs and Mission

The Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine consists of four major units: the Academic Programs, the Clendening Library, the Clendening Museum, and the KU Medical Center Archives. The Department unites these programs in its mission to advance understanding and application of ethical, historical and social analysis of health, medicine and healing.

Using the combined resources of the department we strive to teach students and colleagues how historical and social factors influence health and health care; and we inform our teaching through scholarship in the history and philosophy of medicine that merits national recognition.

The Library and Archives act as careful stewards of the extensive historical collections and promote their use and appreciation; while seeking to add some color to the often drab aesthetic of medical practice.

Finally, through our ethics programs we seek to deepen a moral appreciation of medicine's role in healing through ethics education and scholarship in the medical school and ethics consultation in the KU Hospital.

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Last modified: Jul 26, 2013
News and Events

Upcoming Events


Current Exhibit

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"A Brief History of Medical Illustration: 14th Century to Modern Times," an exhibit featuring former KU School of Medicine illustrators, has opened in the Clendening History of Medicine Library. You can view reproductions from rare originals in the library, and original images from KU Medical Center's archival collections.

The exhibit will be available thru April 30, , Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Clendening Library foyer, 1st floor Robinson. For more information or for a personal tour, contact Nancy Hulston at 913-588-7243.

The exhibit is sponsored by the History and Philosophy of Medicine Department, KU Medical Center, and the University of Kansas Endowment Association.

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