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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
Fall 2014 Newsletter can be found here

Current Exhibit
"A Triumph of American Medicine: William Gorgas, Ancon Hospital and The Panama Canal"
to commemorate the centennial of the opening of hte Panama Canal, 1914 - 2014
Clendening History of Medicine Library Foyer, 1000 Robinson
 The exhibit will be available 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.

9/23: The Logan Clendening Lecture in the History of Medicine
Reception 4:30pm, Clendening Foyer
Lecture 5:00pm, Clendening Auditorium
Carla Keirns, MD, PhD, MSc, FACP, Stony Brook University
"Family, Money and Ways of Death: Geography and Hospice in the United States"

10/2: The Don Carlos and Alice V. Peete Lecture
Reception 4:00pm, Clendening Foyer
Lecture 4:30pm, Clendening Auditorium
Bruce Fye, MD, Mayo Clinic
'The Origins and Evolution of the Mayo Clinic from 1864 to 1939:A Minnesota Family Practice Becomes an International "Medical Mecca"'

10/10 - 10/11: Alumni Weekend Open House, KUMED Campus

10/15: Noon Seminar Series, Clendening Foyer
12noon - 1:00pm
James Cook
"Iron: Then and Now"
Lunch provided - please RSVP to Ryan Fagan 588-7040,