The Seminar represents the Community-based projects (CBP's)omponent of the Global Health curriculum for the second term of first year medicine.

Some papers have been selected for peer-reviewed meetings, especially the U Calgary History of Medicine Days events usually held in March (contact Beth Cusitar <bcusitar@ucalgary.ca>). A few have actually been published in the CMAJ and Queen's Health Sciences Journal.

For more information about how it "works" click here.


Projects in the past have included:

CLASS of 2016

  • History of Women in Surgery in Canada
  • Allocation of beds/space in KGH
  • Mindfulness Medication as therapy
  • History of Canada's refugee healthcare policies
  • Pediatric Anesthesia
  • Inception and Decline of Lobotomy in Kingston
  • Diabetes management in history
  • Canada's divided blood supply
  • Hisotry of Psychiatry in Kingston
  • Polio and summer camps for kids with disabilities
  • Cataracts
  • Trends in Obstrical anesthesia at KGH
  • MRI allocation in Ontario
  • Doctors in prisons
  • History of plastic surgery-

CLASS OF 2015

  • The Medicalization of Gender and Sex-Reassignment Surgery
  • TB and HIV in Aboriginal Communities
  • The Anti-Vaccination Movement
  • Social History of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • NCIC Clinical Trials Group within the Kingston, national, and international communities
  • Quality and Cost of Life, a brief history of how these are valued
  • What is the NEW Patient Advocacy? An Answer from the History of Lumbar Fusion Surgery”
  • Halacha and Hygiene: How Jewish laws have led to healthy living
  • Acceptance (?) of Acupuncture by the Allopathic Medical Establishment in Canada
  • Integrating Children with Cerebral Palsy into the Classroom
  • The rise and fall of the male midwife
  • Drop the Needle: Harm Reduction Programs in Kingston
  • Canada's Involvement in Biological and Toxin Warfare During the Second World War
  • Government-Backed Covert Human Medical Experimentation in North America
  • CLASS of 2014
  • Government Responses to Mass Epidemics
  • Gender and Lobotomies in 1960s Kingston
  • Evolution of the Anti-Psychiatry movement
  • Cholera: What Haiti can learn from John Snow
  • Shifting paradigms in Tbuerculosis
  • Legitimization of Plastic Surgery
  • History of Condoms in Prisons
  • Kidney transplant tourism
  • Can elephant dung really prevent pregnancy
  • Trends in Emergency care in the northern wilderness
  • SOME OTHERS
  • Did the GP ever spare the Emerg?
  • How did Kingstonians greet X-ray machines?
  • History of Circumcision
  • The history of student-run clinics
  • Syphilis and Vampire Literature
  • Health of Prisoners in Kingston Penitentiary
  • Milk -- Friend or Foe
  • History of Sports Medicine
  • History of Harm Reduction and Street Health
  • Changing Voices in the Autopathography of HIV/AIDS
  • Art therapy in Kingston
  • Tuskegee and the history of medical ethics
  • Public health in ancient Rome
  • The founding of the CNIB in Kingston
  • Disease and discrimination
  • Medicalization of sexuality
  • WHO goals or politics and public policy
  • Social aspects of infectious diseases
  • Perceptions of risk concepts: a survey
  • A history of medical errors
  • Oral polio vaccine and the origin of AIDS
  • High altitude medicine
  • Imagery of medicine in editorial cartoons (doctor and nurse strikes)
  • Breast cancer movement
  • Female genital mutilation
  • HRT
  • Execution by electrocution
  • Eugenics then and now: a look at representative societal influences
  • Molecular biology an cancer screening: has a new era of primary prevention begun
  • Music therapy--Kingston's role in creating a profession
  • Cultural influences on cranial deformation in infants (plagiocephaly)
  • History of hemorrhoids
  • Kuru: epidemiological and cultural considerations
  • The road to eradication: smallpox inoculation in 18th century England
  • Premenstrual syndrome: a historical perspective
  • Medical history of contraception
  • The "advent" of midwives
  • The plague of Athens in the 5th century BC
  • Malaria past and present
  • The Salem witch trials: an example of mass hysteria?
  • Sick building syndrome: a "new" disease?
  • The dancing mania: Tarantism and the idea of mass hysteria
  • The folk lore of werewolves: a relationship with porphyria?
  • The royal touch: an episode in the history of tuberculosis
  • The Spanish flu of 1918 in Kingston
  • The decline (and rise) of tuberculosis
  • The Black Death of 14th century Europe
  • The impact of the Black Death on art
  • Multiple personality disorder: the historical construction of a disease
  • The history and epidemiology of anorexia nervosa
  • Beethoven's deafness: the epidemiology of deafness in the early 19th century
  • The medical consequences of the atomic explosions of 1945
  • The history and epidemiology of hemophilia
  • The history of AIDS: a "new" disease?
  • The recent history of hospital cutbacks
  • How do we define what is "sick": a history of disease concept



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