A Legacy of Mistrust: Colonial Medicine in the Global Present

When

Thursday February 4th, 2016, 12:50pm

Duration: 90 minutes

Thursday February 4th, 2016, 12:50pm 2016-02-04 14:20:00 America/Chicago A Legacy of Mistrust: Colonial Medicine in the Global Present Presented by: Dr. Richard Keller, Associate Dean and Professor of the Medical History and Bioethics department. Industry (3rd Floor), Union South

Presenter(s)

Dr. Richard Keller, Associate Dean and Professor of the Medical History and Bioethics department.

Where

Industry (3rd Floor), Union South

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Communities in India, Pakistan, and Nigeria rejecting vaccinations for their children; assaults on medical teams fighting Ebola in West Africa; attacks on aid workers in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria: what is the source of such animosity? This lecture seeks the origins of contemporary mistrust of global health campaigns in the history of colonialism. Medicine was a critical ally in the expansion of western empires in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, a fact not forgotten by postcolonial populations. While much of the world eagerly seeks access to biomedicine, it is important to recognize the ways in which medicine and public health have often been tools of diplomacy rather than altruism.

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