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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: Oct 31, 2014
News and Events

Upcoming Events
Fall 2014 Newsletter
Medicine in the First World War:
Click here to read Medical Care during the First World War - A Special Virtual Issue with an Excerpt from Wounded 

In honor of Dr. Wilf Arnold, who passed away on November 11, there will be a small celebration of his life Friday, January 30.
The gathering will take place at Diastole, 2501 Holmes St., KC, MO, on the UMKC Campus from 5 - 7 PM.
Remembrances will be shared beginning at 5:30 PM.  

Current Exhibit
"A Triumph of American Medicine: William Gorgas, Ancon Hospital and The Panama Canal"
The exhibit is available Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5 p.m., Clendening Library foyer, 1000 Robinson.
For more information, 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.



Great Women in Medicine and Science
A lecture in conjunction with the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)
Stefani Fontana, PhD and Chris Crenner, MD, PhD
12noon - 1:00pm
1025 Orr Major

Noon Seminar Series
Paul Camarata, MD
Clendening Foyer
12noon - 1:00pm
Lunch provided - please RSVP to Ryan Fagan 588-7040,