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Medical Historian to Recount Health
of Black Civil War Soldiers

Duke University's Margaret Humphreys will deliver lecture at 4 p.m. March 22 in Jesse Wrench Auditorium

Margaret Humphreys, MD, PhD, Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine at Duke University, will deliver a lecture titled "Intensely Human: The Health of the Black Soldier in the American Civil War" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in MU Memorial Union's Jesse Wrench Auditorium. Students, residents, faculty members and staff members are invited to attend the event, which is sponsored by the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Dr. Humphreys earned a doctorate in the history of science and a medical degree from Harvard University. A specialist in the history of science and medicine, Dr. Humphreys has focused her research and publications primarily on infectious diseases in the United States and American south. Her current research explores the history of medicine during the American Civil War. Dr. Humphreys has also published on the history of diabetes, public health ethics and colonial medicine. Her research has appeared in Isis, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Literature and Medicine, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, Social Science and Medicine, Public Health Reports and Environmental History.

Of special note are her books Yellow Fever and the South (Rutgers University Press, 1992) and Malaria: Poverty, Race, and Public Health in the United States (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001). Her newest book, Intensely Human: The Health of Black Soldiers in the American Civil War, was published in early 2008 by Johns Hopkins University Press. She is currently writing The Civil War and American Medicine, also under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press. In addition to her own research, she has served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences.

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