History of Medicine and Health Care
12:00 pm, Friday March 17, 2017
Dr. Paul J. Weindling
Wellcome Trust Research Professor in the History of Medicine, School of History, Philosophy and Culture, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom
(in conjunction with the Calgary History of Medicine Society, the C.–S.T.E.M.S. Project)
How has health changed over a century of two world wars, rapid medical advances, and “cradle to grave” welfare? One way of approaching this is to analyse life-long health surveys, covering how health changes over a lifetime. A further development is to see a series of life events. Here the idea of “sequential trauma” developed by the Dutch psychiatrist and author Hans Keilson is of particular interest. Keilson examined the health impacts of stress/trauma/illness/starvation/ incarceration over a life span. This approach has considerable potential in examining health impacts of traumatic life events for refugees, victims of Nazi atrocities, soldiers and ultimately of whole population groups experiencing varieties of dislocation.
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