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Global Health and Disease: Shared Stories of Medicine and the Humanities

In a conjoint effort the Department of Humanities from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Río Piedras Campus and the School of Medicine from the Medical Sciences Campus presented the Global Health and Disease: Shared Stories of Medicine and the Humanities on March 26-27, 2009. The event took place at the UPR, Rio Piedras Campus Faculty of Natural Sciences and the School of Public Communication, first and second day, respectively.

Conference Promo (Photo courtesy of Diálogo Digital)

In addition to several UPR’s faculty members, speakers included Randall M. Packard, Ph. D. (Department of the History of Medicine, John Hopkins School of Medicine); Diego Armus, Ph. D. (Department of History, Swarthmore College); José G. Rigau Pérez, MD, MPH (School of Medicine, UPR); Nancy Rose Hunt, Ph. D. (Department of History, University of Michigan); and Annette Ramírez de Arellano, Ph. D., MCHP, MCP (Researcher on health service issues for national advocacy organization in Washington, D.C.).

The conference provided information on world health issues, diseases and an understanding of the global health care evolution through the decades. Presentations included: "Changing Strategies in Global Health: Past Lessons, Future Directions" by Dr. Packard, " The French Influence on Puerto Rican Medical Doctors from the XIX Century" by Dr. Eduardo Rodríguez and "Frida Kahlo: A Protagonist of Disease" by Dr. Ramírez de Arellano and, the forum "A Look at Puerto Rico's Medicine and Health History in the XIX and XX Centuries."

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