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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: Mar 23, 2015
News and Events

Upcoming Events
Fall 2015 Newsletter
Dogged Persistance by Dr. Marc Asher
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 

Upcoming Events
Thursday, December 3rd
The Don Carlos and Alice V. Peete Lecture
Reception 4:00pm, Clendening Foyer, 1000 Robinson
Lecture 4:30pm, Clendening Auditorium, 2004 Robinson
Arthur Daemmrich, PhD
The University of Kansas Medical Center /
The Smithsonian Institute
"Vulnerable Subjects, Vulnerable Knowledge:
Scientific and Organizational Uncertainty in Children's Chemical Testing Programs"

Current Exhibit in the Clendening History of Medicine Museum: On February 18, 1949 the honorable Frank Carlson, governor of the State of Kansas, signed the bill, "Rural Health Program for Kansas." The purpose was to allow more medical professionals to be trained to alleviate a shortage in the state. This bill gained national prominence and became a model for other states. Accompanying this exhibit are images from the Kansas Rural Health Photography Contest held each year through KUMC's Rural Health Education and Services Department. 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.