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On the Importance of History to Medicine, with Chinese Medicine as Exemplary Case

April 5, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Bullitt History of Medicine Club’s Spring 2022 lecture, presented via Zoom. Advance registration is required.

Lecture: On the Importance of History to Medicine, with Chinese Medicine as Exemplary Case

Speaker: Dr. Nicole Elizabeth Barnes

Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor, History, Duke University

Time: April 5, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Lecture information: We call our ancestors’ ideas about health and healing “theories” and our own ideas in use today “facts.” How might we understand the art and science of healing differently if we allowed ourselves to engage in a thought experiment of treating today’s medical science as a theory? This talk explores this provocation with the history of Chinese medicine as a case study.

Speaker information: Nicole Elizabeth Barnes is Assistant Professor of History and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University. She is author of the award-winning, open-access book Intimate Communities: Wartime Healthcare and the Birth of Modern China, 1937-1945 (Oakland: University of California Press, 2018).

About the Bullitt History of Medicine Club

Formed in 1953, the Bullitt History of Medicine Club is a student organization within the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine. The club promotes the understanding and appreciation of the historical foundations upon which current medical knowledge and practice is constructed, by encouraging social and intellectual exchanges between faculty members, medical students, and members of the community. Please visit the Bullitt History of Medicine Club website for more information.


April 5, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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