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Deidre Cooper Owens, “Medical Bondage and the Birth of Gynecology”

2018 Linda and Charles Wilson Humanities in Medicine Lecture

Date: Time: 3:30 pm–5:00 pm
Sheldon Museum of Art Room: Auditorium
Additional Info: SHEL
Contact: Rose Holz,
Dr. Deidre Cooper Owens is Professor of History at Queen’s College–CUNY. Her work moves between southern plantations and northern urban centers to reveal how nineteenth-century American ideas about race, health, and status influenced doctor-patient relationships in sites of healing like slave cabins, medical colleges, and hospitals. She retells the story of the rise of modern gynecology from the perspectives of black enslaved women and Irish immigrant women.

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