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Medical History Interest Group Lecture Series

Laupus Library History Collections & the Department of Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies sponsor the Medical History Interest Group Presentations as an educational service for the East Carolina University community. The Library hopes that the speakers and topics selected will promote a greater understanding of the historical and philosophical underpinnings of today's health care disciplines.

For more information contact our History Collections department.

You can also view recordings of many of our past presentations in our archives.


Fall 2017 Medical History Interest Group Presentations

Watchful Care: The History of Nurse Anesthesia

Monday September 25 at 4:30pm

Presented by Maura S McAuliffe CRNA, PhD, FAAN, Professor and Program Director, College of Nursing

Nurse anesthetists have been providing anesthesia care in the United States since at least the American Civil War. They are the oldest nurse specialty group in the United States and the primary anesthesia providers to the U.S. military.

The History of Diving Medicine

Monday October 23 at 4:30pm

Presented by Peter B. Wagner, D.O., Clinical Professor, East Carolina Heart Institute

For thousands of years man has attempted to explore the underwater world, at first for food, later for salvage and military purposes. All done with breath-holding. In the 19th century the introduction of hyperbaric environments and equipment to breathe compressed gas created a new challenge to human physiology. We will explore the events and scientists surrounding the investigation of these physiologic effects of hyperbarics and the development of Dive Medicine into the 21st century.

Vaccines: Successes and Tribulations

Monday November 13, 2017 at 4:30pm

Presented by Dr. John M. Lehman, Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Dr. John M. Lehman, Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine will discuss development of vaccines to protect against infectious diseases. The history is replete with successes and some failures, which have provided evidence supporting continued research and development of new vaccines. This presentation describes the utilization of human cells in the development of human vaccines.


All presentations are held at the 4th floor Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery of the Laupus Library (except where noted).

Refreshments will be provided.
Lectures are sponsored by the Laupus Library History Collections and the Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Lectures may be videotaped.

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