Dr. David Jones delivered the inaugural lecture in the Social Study of Medicine Lecture Series. Dr. Thomas Hennessy, director of the CDC Arctic Investigators program, joined him to discuss how his findings apply to Alaska. The lecture topic was “The Persistence of Health Inequalities and the Challenge of Genetic Determinism.”
This new lecture series aims to bring together the perspectives of medical sociology, epidemiology, Native studies, psychology, medical humanities and cultural anthropology to address historical and contemporary themes in the study of health, healing and medicine.
This event was hosted by the Department of Anthropology and WWAMI, School of Medical Education.
Dr. Jones is the A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University. He completed his Ph.D. in History of Science at Harvard University and an M.D. at Harvard Medical School, receiving both in 2001.
His early research focused on epidemics among American indigenous peoples, resulting in a book, “Rationalizing Epidemics: Meanings and Uses of American Indian Mortality since 1600,” and many articles.
His current research explores the history of decision making in cardiac therapeutics. For more information, please contact the Department of Anthropology at (907) 786-6840.
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