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The Department of Medical History and Bioethics dates back to 1950, when the University of Wisconsin Medical School created a Department of the History of Medicine, the second department of its kind in the country. The Program in Medical Ethics has been an integral part of the department since its founding in 1973.   (More information --> About Us)

Upcoming conferences - save the dates

E is for Environment” a symposium at the Center for Culture, History, and Environment on the centennial year of Gaylord Nelson. March 4-6, 2016. For more information, please click 'here'.

“Organizing the World of Healing Goods: Materia Medica, Pharmacopeias, and the Codification of Therapeutic Knowledge in the Early Modern World” will be held on April 1-2, 2016 at the UW School of Pharmacy. Hosted along with the American Institute for the History of Pharmacy, this conference explores the histories of pharmacopieas and other lists of healing goods in the early modern Atlantic world.

“Big Stories and Close (Up) Research: Health and Science in the African World,” an international conference that will take place at UW-Madison on
April 15-16, 2016, with presentations by several Medical History & Bioethics faculty. Click 'here' for more information. (Event poster PDF file - big!)

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