NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE,History of Medicine Division Seminar/Women’s History Month Program

Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 2-3:30pm
NLM Visitor Center Bldg 38A, NLM
Bethesda, MD

“Student Bodies: The Influence of Student Health Services in American
Society & Medicine.”

Heather Munro Prescott, PhD
Central Connecticut State University

This talk explores connections between university health centers and the
evolution of American health and medicine. Drawing on a variety of primary
sources, Professor Prescott will examine the relationship between
administrative regulation of “student bodies” and broader social-cultural
views about young adults and their status in 19th- and 21st-century
America by exploring little-known but significant aspects of college
health. They include the importance of women’s colleges in the development
of student care, the use of physical entrance examinations to deny
admission to those with “undesirable” bodies, the sometimes controversial
handling of health concerns specific to minority and lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students, and the rise and fall of “in
loco parentis.”

All are Welcome

Note: The next history of medicine seminar will be on Wednesday, April 15,
at 2-3:30pm in the NLM Visitor Center, NLM’s Bldg 38A. Dr. Catherine
Kudlick, University of California – Davis, will speak on “Disability
History and History of Medicine: Rival Siblings or Conjoined Twins?”

Sign language interpretation is provided. Individuals with disabilities
who need reasonable accommodation to participate may contact Stephen
Greenberg at (301-435-4995), e-mail [email protected], or the Federal
Relay (1-800-877-8339).

Due to current security measures at NIH, off-campus visitors are advised
to consult the NLM Visitors and Security website: