Margaret Humphreys to Speak on African Americans in Civil War Medicine

You are cordially invited to attend a lecture by the distinguished historian and professor Dr. Margaret Humphreys titled “African Americans in Civil War Medicine”. Many histories have been written about medical care during the Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons, and hospital workers has often been overlooked. The event will be held on May 10, 2017 at 5:30 PM at the Knowledge Center of the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences located at 701 West 168 Street (Fort Washington Avenue) on the Columbia University Medical Center campus.

Dr. Humphreys received her Ph.D. in the History of Science (1983) and M.D. (1987) from Harvard University. She is the author of Yellow Fever and the South (1992), Malaria: Poverty, Race and Public Health in the United States (2001), Intensely Human: The Health of Black Soldiers in the American Civil War (2008), and, most recently, Marrow of Tragedy: the Health Crisis of the American Civil War (2013).  She teaches the history of medicine, public health, global health, food, and biology to undergraduates at Duke University, and is editor emeritus of the Journal of the History of Medicine. Learn more about Dr. Humphreys at:

Dr. Humphrey’s talk coincides with the traveling National Library of Medicine (NLM) exhibit Binding Wounds Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine located at the main entrance of the Knowledge Center and runs until May 13, 2017.

Light refreshments will be served.

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