For the Medical Record is a podcast from Johns Hopkins University's Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine, hosted by Postdoctoral Fellows Christy Slobogin and Antoine Johnson.
In these episodes, we talk to people affiliated with the Center to discuss their research within the history of medicine and the medical humanities. We ask them why their work matters, and how history and the humanities can help us to better understand debates and practices within medicine and care today.
We would like to thank Karen Klinedinst (Art Director, Graphic Arts) and Courtney Weber (Graphic Designer), based in the Johns Hopkins Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, for creating this logo for our podcast. The background image is a drawing by Max Brödel (1870-1941), the first director of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine. It shows the interior of an ear, making it a perfect image to illustrate our auditory output.
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Audio and overall production by Christy Slobogin
Nicole Labruto - on undergraduate education & on plants, science, and colonialism
Join us in our conversation with Nicole Labruto, anthropologist and director of the Medicine, Science, and the Humanities undergraduate major here at Johns Hopkins. In this episode, we discuss both Dr. Labruto’s own anthropological research – on sugar cane, science, the environment, and society – as well as the importance of offering an interdisciplinary education in the medical humanities and science, technology, and society to undergraduate students. In addition to speaking about her fascinating research, Dr. Labruto also shares several of her pedagogical tools and tips for teaching students in STS and the medical humanities.
As always, we hope you enjoy listening! But we especially hope that you enjoy this episode, as it is Antoine and Christy’s last one as co-hosts. “For the Medical Record” will take a break before re-starting with new co-hosts from the Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine community. Thank you for the engagement, listens, and encouragement!
PEOPLE AND RESOURCES MENTIONED
Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Map
Kamna Balhara (you can listen to our “For the Medical Record” episode with Kamna Balhara and Nate Irvin here)
Slum Dwellers International
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
Mary Poovey, A History of the Modern Fact: Problems of Knowledge in the Sciences of Wealth and Society (1998)
Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison, Objectivity (2007)
Sidney W. Mintz, Sweetness in Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History (1986)
Stuart B. Schwartz, Sugar Plantations in the Formation of Brazilian Society: Bahia, 1550-1835 (1986)
Londa Schiebinger, "Exotic abortifacients: the global politics of plants in the 18th century” (2000)
Baltimore Compost Collective
The South Baltimore Community Land Trust
Black Yield Institute
Matthew Klingle (Colloquium Mini Episode) - on diabetes, stress, and discrimination
In this mini episode, we speak with Matthew Klingle about the paper that he presented at the Johns Hopkins Program in the History of Science, Medicine & Technology's colloquium series, titled "'Wear and Tear': An Ecology of Diabetes, Stress, and Discrimination."
Alexander Parry and Wendy Shields - on rethinking injuries
Join us in our conversation with Wendy Shields, Senior Scientist at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Alexander Parry, PhD candidate in History of Medicine. These two are part of a wider research network and team spearheading the field of injury studies, in part represented by a hybrid, internationally focused conference in March 2024 called “Rethinking Injuries: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Harm, Safety, and Society.” Join us in our discussions about why studying injuries is important, and how scholars from many diverse fields can contribute to injury studies. Thank you for listening!
PEOPLE AND GROUPS MENTIONED
Webpage for “Rethinking Injuries: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Harm, Safety, and Society”
Bloomberg Center for Injury Research and Policy
Graham Mooney (listen to his “For the Medical Record” episode here)
RACE (Reparative Arts in Community Engagement) Conference
Tendon Magazine’s “Injuries” Issue
To join the Injury Studies Research Network, email email@example.com
Aishah Scott (Colloquium Mini Episode) - on respectability politics and HIV/AIDS
In this mini episode, we talk to Aishah Scott about the research that she presented at the Johns Hopkins Program in the History of Science, Medicine & Technology's colloquium series, titled "Trickledown Respectability Politics and HIV/AIDS in Black America."
Lauren Small - on narrative medicine
Join us in our conversation with Lauren Small, writer, novelist, and academic here at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. In this episode, we discuss the roles, purposes, and benefits of narrative medicine, particularly in relation to the AfterWards program that Lauren runs. Our discussion of Lauren’s own historical fiction works takes us from an influenza-stricken Baltimore of the early twentieth century, to a massacre in nineteenth-century Colorado, to stories about the First Crusade in the eleventh century. In addition to her own books, Lauren helps us build a fantastic reading list of novels touching on many of the themes of this podcast. Thank you for listening, and happy reading!
PEOPLE AND WORKS MENTIONED
Division of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University
Kendrick Lamar “i” Music Video
Lauren Small, The Eye Begins to See (2023)
Lauren Small, The Hanging of Ruben Ashford (2022)
Lauren Small, Wolf Constellation (2018)
Samuel K. Roberts, Infectious Fear (2009)
Richard Wright, Native Son (1940)
Lauren Small, Choke Creek (2009)
American Association for the History of Medicine 2024 Conference
Pat Barker’s Regeneration Trilogy (1990s)
Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall (2009)
Geraldine Brooks, Year of Wonders (2001)
Lauren Groff, Matrix (2021)
Maggie O’Farrell, Hamnet (2020)
Philip Roth, Nemesis (2010)
Pat Barker, Toby’s Room (2012)
John Singer Sargent, The Four Doctors (1906)
Pablo Gómez (Colloquium Mini Episode) - on quantifying bodies
In this mini episode, we talk to Pablo F. Gómez about the research that he presented at the Johns Hopkins Program in the History of Science, Medicine & Technology's colloquium series, titled "Slave Trading and the Imagination of the Quantifiable Body in the Early Modern Atlantic."
This podcast is like having coffee with a very intelligent friend but they explain their work in simple terms. Highly informative, unpretentious. Highly recommended if you like Sawbones but want to meet its sister who did a semester at Oxford (lol)
i found this subject very interesting. Never knew so many scandles st Hopkins!