Race, Medicine, Authorship, and the “Discovery” of Sickle Cell Disease, 1910-1911

The Medical History Interest Group sponsored by Laupus Library History Collections and the Department of Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies invites you to attend: “Race, Medicine, Authorship, and the “Discovery” of Sickle Cell Disease, 1910-1911,” Presented by Todd Savitt, Ph.D. Professor, Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies, BSOM.

Savitt tells the very divergent stories of the first two sickle-cell disease (SCD) patients in the medical literature (1910-1911) and their physicians against the backdrop of a racially divided America and of a highly competitive scientific community. He shows how race and class affected the discovery of SCD and how credit for the discovery was apportioned. Prof. Savitt will also tell about his own “adventures” in tracking down the identities and backgrounds of these first two SCD patients.

Please join us on Monday, February 27, at 4:30 p.m. in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery on the 4th Floor of Laupus Library.

Refreshments will be provided. The presentation may be video recorded. For more information please check out our Facebook event page.


-by Kelly Dilda, Laupus Library