Annual Public Health Lecture
Professor Simon Szreter
'How much VD was there in Georgian London? Can we estimate the population prevalence of STIs before the twentieth century?'
The venereal diseases feature strongly in Boswell's diary and consequently Georgian London has passed into literature and popular history as a byword for sexual licence. But is this at all justified as a general description of the capital and its population? Can we hope to know anything about the population prevalence of STIs in Britain before the twentieth century?
Simon Szreter presents new research undertaken in collaboration with Kevin Siena (author of Venereal Disease, Hospitals and the Urban Poor. London's Foul Wards 1600-1800)
Tuesday, 19th November 2013, 5.30 pm - 6.45 pm
John Snow Lecture Theatre B, Keppel Street Building
(Followed by a reception)
FUNDED BY THE WELLCOME TRUST
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Past Annual Lectures
Professor Susan Reverby(Wellesley College, USA)
''Escaping Melodramas: Retelling the histories of the U.S. Public Health Service STD Research Studies in Tuskegee and Guatemala'
Bioethics is often thought of as having been “born in scandal and raised in protectionism.” Less often acknowledged is that bioethics has been so nourished by melodramatic historical frames and paradigmatic stories that the effort to provide a different form of analysis has been problematic. Using examples of the author’s scholarship on the history and coverage of the United States Public Health Service’s untreated syphilis study in Tuskegee (1932-72) and its sexually transmitted diseases inoculation research studies in Guatemala (1946-48), these histories of medical malfeasance, governmental over-reach, and the use of racist and imperial power are examined for the limitations of emotional understandings of “bad scientists” and failures to obtain consent. It is argued that these two tragedies, which have provided an explanation for suspicion of medical and public health research, need to be understood in the context of research hubris and institutional power, not merely as melodramatic tales from the "bad old days."
Professor Steven King(University of Leicester)
'The NHS as an unsustainable legacy cost? Patient rights and the duties of doctors and the state, 1720s to 2000s'
Professor Gerald Oppenheimer
(City University of New York and Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University)
'Framing the Framingham Heart Disease Study'
Professor Rudolf Klein
"The Bevan-Morrison debate: the shape of things to come in the NHS?"
Ruldolf Klein is a distinguished policy analyst and commentator on the British health services, and his history of the NHS is now in its 5th edition (The new politics of the NHS: from creation to reinvention). His lecture tackled the issue of central/local relations, from the inception of the service to the 'new localism' of today.
Centre for History in Public Health Annual Lecture, Mark Jackson, The Stress of Life: Hans Selye and the Search for Stability, 21 November, 2007.