Advances improve people’s lives, however many of these have come at the cost of invasive diagnostic technologies, the medicalization of human conditions, and endless quests for cures. Doctors have performed experiments on the poor and disempowered; especially enslaved Black and institutionalized people who had limited public voice.
Writing medical history must include people with disabilities and use their experiences as analytical lenses for understanding historical events.
Taking inspiration from the disability rights movement and the interdisciplinary field of disability studies, the Massachusetts Historical Society will host “Disability and the History of Medicine,” an online event set for Wednesday, October 13th, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.
Led by Deirdre Cooper Owens, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Jaipreet Virdi, University of Delaware; and Michael Rembis, University at Buffalo, this program will look at how medicine and technology impact the lived experiences of people with disabilities and how what has been written as traditional medical history can tell a more complete story.
This program is free and open to the public, and will be held via Zoom. For more information or to register, click here.