Osler Lectureship

40th Annual Osler Lectureship

Wednesday November 1st 2017 @ 6:00 PM

McIntyre Medical Building, Charles F. Martin Amphitheatre, Room 504, 3655 promenade Sir William Osler


Susan M. Reverby, PhD,

McLean Professor Emerita in the History of Ideas and Professor Emerita of Women's and Gender Studies, Wellesley College.

Susan M. Reverby, PhD, is the Marion Butler McLean Professor Emerita in the History of Ideas and Professor Emerita of Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, in the USA. An historian of American medicine, nursing, public health, race, class and gender, she  has edited, co-edited and  published seven books, including her prize-winning Examining Tuskegee: The Infamous Research Study and its Legacy, published in 2009.  "Repurposed but not retired," she is currently a fellow at the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University, working on a book on a renowned HIV/AIDS physician and activist who spent nearly a decade in prison for his actions and beliefs.  

Infamous Medical Research: Bad Guys, Duped Victims, or Something Else?

We often have difficulty figuring out how to think and talk about terrible medical research studies without resorting to melodramatic characters that include the demented/racist scientist and the hapless subject/victim. Drawing on two examples of some of the worst U.S. medical research studies I have written about and exposed, I will discuss how challenging it can be to move past this way of thinking so that we can really learn something from the past.

Previous Osler Lectures

The 39th Annual Osler Lectureship: Julio Montaner: Treatment as Prevention (TasP): From a research hypothesis to a new global target and beyond. Watch the lecture here

The 38th Annual Osler Lectureship: E. Fuller Torrey, M.D. "The Strangest Disease: The Peculiar Past but Hopeful Future of Schizophrenia" Watch the lecture here

The 37th Annual Osler Lectureship: Margaret Lock. "The Alzheimer Enigma in an Aging World." Watch the lecture here


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