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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

The Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine
the Clendening History of Medicine Library and Museum
University of Kansas Medical Center
invite you to the opening of the exhibit:

Panama Canal Image 


to commemorate the centennial of the opening
of the Panama Canal, 1914-2014
at noon, Friday July 25, 2014 

Clendening History of Medicine Library Foyer
Robinson Building 1st Floor
University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160 

Curators: Nancy Hulston, Dawn McInnis and Enrique Chaves

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.