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History of Medicine

Learning from the past

Throughout the years and across the globe, our understanding of medicine has grown by leaps and bounds. We’ve used plastic and stem cells to build new tracheas for cancer patients. We’ve performed double arm transplants. We’ve even helped a newborn survive a serious heart condition by controlling his internal body temperature and his heart rate with a cold gel and a defibrillator.   

But these medical breakthroughs wouldn’t be possible without earlier discoveries and mistakes. Whether you’re a medical student, a physician or a healthcare professional, it’s important to understand how medicine got to where it is today, so that you can keep innovating and improving patient care.

At Dalhousie, we offer plenty of opportunities to learn, including:

Exciting opportunities in the History of Medicine

In addition to the monthly History of Medicine dinner series, students from medicine, health professions and the health sciences come together through the Stewart Society for the History of Medicine, a student-lead initiative coordinated by Jake Blacklaws.

Students who develop their own History of Medicine projects, with the assistance of mentors, have the opportunity to present at the History of Medicine dinner series and the History of Medicine Conference in Calgary. View abstracts from recent student projects presented at the conference [PDF - 102 kB].

With shared funding from Associated Medical Services (AMS), students present their work and network at this annual conference. Find out more about funding support.