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Human Experimentation And Public Health Subject Of Upcoming Lecture At Clarkson
Alexandra M. Lord, historian for the United States Public Health Service, will deliver a lecture at Clarkson University on the federal government’s role in human experimentation on Thursday, April 1, at 5:30 p.m. in Bertrand H. Snell Hall Room 330 on the Clarkson campus.
The lecture is titled “Subjects of Interest: Human Experimentation and the Public’ Health in Twentieth-Century America.” It is free and open to the public.
Throughout the 20th century, medical researchers have confronted a range of ethical issues related to human experimentation. Within this controversy, the federal government has played conflicting roles--as both the sponsors of medical research as well as researchers themselves--and frequently violated the standards and codes which it created to monitor human experimentation.
Through an exploration of experiments carried about by the United States Public Health Service and the military, Lord will analyze the impact that these conflicting roles have had on medical research and the practice of medicine today.
The lecture is sponsored by the Division of Liberal Arts and the Office of Student Affairs.
Alexandra Lord’s research interests focus on public health and policy, the history of sex education and sexually transmitted diseases, medical perceptions of puberty, and the history of women’s health. She has published articles on topics ranging from medical understandings of puberty to the history of caesarian section and 20th century attempts to control sexually transmitted diseases.
She received a doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and has served on the faculty of Montana State University and the State University of New York at New Paltz.