Program in the History of Medicine

Engraved title page showing a dissection of a human body in front of an audience. Image from: Vesalius, De Humani corporis fabrica libri septem by Vesalius, Andreas. From Wellcome Collection.

The Program in the History of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai explores the body and its cultural contexts from the early modern period to the present. The program’s faculty covers a range of subdisciplines, including visual culture, gender, history of the book and historical epistemology. A commitment to scholarly rigor and interdisciplinary experiment, as well as an ecumenical embrace of a wide variety of historical methods and evidence guide the program’s original scholarship.

Through educational programming, faculty within the Program in the History of Medicine seeks to educate the medical center community about the theory and practice of medicine and science across the centuries.

Program participants have the opportunity to reflect on the nature of medical practice through the lens of the past. Of particular interest to attendees is seeking to understand what it means to be human by studying what it meant to be human.

The program consists of:

  • A monthly Roundtable for the History of Medicine, in which a designated lecturer fosters discussion on a precirculated article about the history of medicine
  • A monthly Seminar Series (to be launched in 2018), which will bring notable historians of medicine and science to guest lecture
  • Opportunities for residents, fellows and faculty to engage in historical research under the mentorship of experienced program faculty

The Program in the History of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai is affiliated with the Graduate Research Education area in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.