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Trent History of Medicine Lecture: Race, Medicine, Authorship and the ‘Discovery’ of Sickle Cell Disease in 1910-1911

October 25, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

We are very pleased to have Todd Savitt, Ph.D., present Race, Medicine, Authorship and the ‘Discovery’ of Sickle Cell Disease in 1910-1911.
The first two case histories of sickle cell disease (SCD) appeared in the medical literature within three months of each other in 1910 and 1911. The very divergent stories of the first two sickle-cell patients and their physicians are told against the backdrop of a racially divided America and of a highly competitive scientific community. Dr. Savitt’s talk will discuss how race and class affected the discovery of SCD and how credit for the two discoveries were apportioned. Dr. Savitt will also talk about his own “adventures” in tracking down the identities and backgrounds of these first two SCD patients.

Dr. Savitt is a medical historian and professor in the Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

The talk is free and open to the public. A light reception will follow. We hope you will join us.


October 25, 2017
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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