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Spring lectures at Indiana Medical History Museum address Lincoln Hospital, medical anthropology

Feb. 14, 2013

The Indiana Medical History Museum will host two lectures this spring that range from early 19th century medical practices to 21st-century breakthroughs in medical diagnostics.

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Norma Erickson, a graduate student in the master’s of United States History program at IUPUI, will present "Lincoln Hospital, 1909-1915: A Study of Leadership in African-American Healthcare in Progressive Era Indianapolis” from 11 a.m. to noon.

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The Indiana Medical History Museum is at 3045 W. Vermont St., west of downtown Indianapolis.

Erickson will explore the challenges faced by African American physicians in Indianapolis during the early years of the 20th century, including segregation and discrimination by the medical profession that hampered their ability to deliver health care to their patients.

This presentation outlines the desire of these doctors to treat their patients with quality care and the strategies they used in their attempt to create a modern hospital. 

On Wednesday, April 17, Stephen P. Nawrocki, Ph.D., professor of anthropology at the University of Indianapolis, will present "That's Disgusting! Estimating Time since Death from Human Decomposition" from 4 to 5:15 p.m.

Dr. Nawrocki will explore the research by the University of Indianapolis Archaeology and Forensics Laboratory to improve methods of estimating time of death by carefully examining the relationship between decay and accumulated temperature, and results suggest that we’ve been doing it wrong for decades. 

Dr. Nawrocki’s lecture is part of a series established in 2004 to help educate the public in the forensic sciences and related fields. This year’s presentation may not be suitable for very young or sensitive audience members.

These programs are free and open to the public. RSVP due to limited seating. Late arrivals are not guaranteed seats. 

For more information or to RSVP, email Sarah Halter at education@imhm.org

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