The New York Academy of Medicine Section on the History of Medicine and Public Health is pleased to announce the next talk in the Section’s 2006-2007 lecture series:

Susan Lederer, Ph.D., Yale University “Bombs, Blood, and Bio-Markers: Medical Preparedness in Cold-War America” The Iago Galdston Lecture

Thursday, April 26 Reception 5:30 p.m., Lecture 6:00 p.m. New York Academy of Medicine-1216 Fifth Ave., New York

How do you prepare for a catastrophic attack on an American city? What steps should doctors and other health personnel take to assure the survival of American citizens in the face of such grave threats? This was the question that some physicians confronted in the face of President Truman’s announcement in September 1949 that the Soviet Union had successfully detonated an atomic bomb. As surgeon Everett I. Evans noted in JAMA in 1950, a “Hiroshima-type bombing of an American city” meant that physicians should expect to see several thousand burn and other traumatic casualties. This paper considers how preparation for large scale attacks at the dawn of the atomic age influenced research and treatment of traumatic injuries and burns. It explores issues of medical preparedness for civilian attacks and assumptions about survivability in the face of political uncertainty.

Susan E. Lederer is Associate Professor in the Section of the History of Medicine in the Yale School of Medicine, and Associate Professor in History and African American Studies in Yale University. She has written on the history of animal and human experimentation, human radiation experiments, and codes of ethics for research. Her new book Flesh and Blood: A Cultural History of Transplantation and Transfusion in America is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

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This event is free and open to the public. For more information about NYAM programs in the history of medicine, visit our website at , write [email protected] , or call Christian Warren at 212.822.7314.