OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Naomi Rogers

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Since the mid-1990s Naomi Rogers has taught undergraduates, graduate students, and medical students at Yale University. She is a professor of the history of medicine at the Yale Medical School and in Yale University's program in the history of science and medicine, with courtesy appointments in the history department and the women's, gender, and sexuality studies program. Her historical interests include gender and health, disease and public health, disability, medicine and film, and alternative medicine (cam). She is the author of Dirt and Disease: Polio before fdr (1992), a study of epidemic polio and public health in the Progressive era; An Alternative Path: The Making and Remaking of Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital of Philadelphia (1998); and Polio Wars: Sister Kenny and the Golden Age of American Medicine (2014), which examines the clinical care of polio in the 1940s and 1950s with a focus on Australian nurse Sister Elizabeth Kenny. Her next major project, "Health Activism and the Humanization of American Medicine," will examine critics of medical orthodoxy since World War II. This project will explore a variety of activists who challenged, for example, the institutionalization of the mentally ill, segregated professions and hospitals, reductionist medical training that ignored the community, and male professionals who saw women as sexualized objects and/or ignorant subordinates.

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

A study of polio as an epidemic, a disabling disease and a point of racial tensions in the U.S., 1900-1980
A study of the rise of critics of American medicine after 1945 with a special focus on the emerging feminist movement of the 1970s.
The role of race and medical politics in shaping America's health care system from 1945-2010.
A study of social, political and economic issues in shaping America's health care system since 1900.