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Philanthropy of the Body: Corneas, Organs and Bodies – An Informal History of Medical Science

What motivates people to donate their bodies, and how has medical voluntarism changed over the last century? Susan Lederer, Professor of History of Medicine and Bioethics shared her scholarship on this fascinating topic in her talk “The Philanthropy of The Body.”

About Dr. Susan Lederer
Dr. Lederer is the Robert Turell Professor of the History of Medicine and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where she is the chair of the Department of Medical History and Bioethics. A historian of American medicine, she has written extensively on the history of animal and human experimentation. Her books include Flesh and Blood: Organ Transplantation and Blood Transfusion in 20th Century America (Oxford University Press, 2008), Subjected to Science: Human Experimentation in America Before the Second World War (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), and Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature (Rutgers University Press, 2002).


This program was held February 7, 2018 in Richmond, Virginia and represents the fourth of a series of eight science cafes in partnership between Science Pub RVA and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Science, Technology and Society Program, a unit of the College of Humanities and Sciences, and is supported by a National Science Foundation grant (#1611953).

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Style Weekly: Life After Death: How Virginia is Changing the Face of Medicine through a Revolutionary Embalming Technique.

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