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    We are pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Charles W. Bodemer Lecturer will be Kathleen Powderly, CNM, PhD.  Dr. Powderly is Director of the John Conley Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

    “Abortion in NYC before Roe v. Wade:
    Lessons from the Archives”

    Dr. Powderly will address Abortion in New York City Before Roe v. Wade, highlighting lessons from the archives.

    May 4, 2015, 3:30‐4:30 pm
    Health Sciences Center, T625
    Reception to follow

    click here for the flyer

    Charles W. Bodemer was founder and chair of the Department of Biomedical History (now the Department of Bioethics & Humanities) from 1967-1985. Trained in anatomy, Dr. Bodemer had a distinguished career as a research scientist before dedicating his energies to his other love: the history of medicine. A prolific writer and dynamic teacher in that field, he used his understanding of medicine’s evolution to provide the UW School of Medicine—students and faculty alike—with a deeper appreciation of the human and social dimension of medical practice. Open to the community, the Bodemer Lecture honors his groundbreaking labors in the development of medical history and ethics at the University of Washington. This annual lecture covers topics in the areas of medical ethics and medical history.

    Previous Bodemer Lectures:




    2013 Daniel P. Sulmasy, MD, PhD Donation after Cardiac Death: Are there Ethical Reasons for Caution?
    2012 Len Nichols, PhD The Physician Leadership We Need
    2011 Ruth R. Faden Henrietta Lacks: Ethics at the Intersection of Health Care and Biomedical Science
    2009 James H. Jones Placing David in the Bubble
    2008 Jane Maienschein From Translational to Transplantational in the History of Stem Cell Biology (To view a video of the 2008 lecture by Dr. Jane Maienschein click here.)
    2007 Albert Jonsen The Wide, Wide World of Bioethics: Cultural Sensitivity and Ethical Relativism
    2006 Barron Lerner When the Famous Get Sick and the Sick Get Famous: Celebrity Patients and How We Look at Medicine
    2005 E. Haavi Morreim Ethical Issues in Research with Surgically Implanted Devices: Devices Ain't Drugs!
    2003 William Foege Smallpox Vaccination: Responsible Public Health in Troubled Times
    1999 William J. Winslade Traumatic Brain Injury: Medical Success & Social Failures, Where Do We Go From Here?
    1997 David M. Eisenberg Alternative Medical Therapies: Shared Decision Making
    1996 Eric T. Juengst

    Experimenting With Ethics: The Human Genome Project, the NIH, and the Lightening Rod

    1995 Gerald N. Grob Mental Health Policy in America: Retrospect & Prospect
    1994 Baruch A Brody The Clotbusters: Thrombolytic Therapy as a Case in the Ethics of new Drug Development
    1993 Alexander Morgan Capron Is Discrimination Ever a Good Thing? Health Insurance and the New Genetics
    1992 Judith Walzer Leavitt Personal Freedom v. Public Safety
    1991 James Whorton Sickness and Civilization: The Role of Constipation in Modern Medical Culture
    1990 Belding Scribner &
    Larry Churchill
    Rationing Medical Care: The Past and The Future
    1989 Allan M. Brandt AIDS: From Social History to Social Policy
    1988 Albert Jonsen Humanities are the Hormones


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