The Cultural Politics of Pain Medicine in America


Keith Wailoo, Martin Luther King Professor of History at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, will present "The Cultural Politics of Pain Medicine in America" as part of Suffolk University Law School's Health Law and Policy Forum.

Wailoo's talk will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008, at the Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston.

Wailoo is the Martin Luther King, Jr., Professor of History at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, with joint appointments in the Department of History and in the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. He is founding director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity at Rutgers.

His award-winning books include The Troubled Dream of Genetic Medicine: Ethnicity and Innovation in Tay-Sachs, Cystic Fibrosis, and Sickle Cell Disease, Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health, and Drawing Blood: Technology and Disease in Twentieth-Century America

Professor Wailoo is completing two new books: How Cancer Crossed the Color Line: Race and Disease in America and Pain: The Cultural Politics of Relief in America.

His research has been supported by the James S. McDonnell Centennial Fellowship in the History and Philosophy of Science, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

The Law School's Health Law and Policy Forum promotes communication among practitioners and scholars across disciplines. It features national and regional leaders in health law, health policy, medicine, and ethics. The forum builds on Suffolk University Law School’s unique Health and Biomedical Law Concentration program.

The lectures are free of charge, and a complimentary lunch is included.   The University community and members of the legal, health policy, and medical communities are welcome.  RSVP: 617-573-8191.

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