We hope you'll be able to join us next Friday for the first History of Medicine Society Lecture of the 2016-2017. If you can't join us in person, tune in via live stream!
"To Engage or Avoid: Matters of Sex for Oregon Physicians, 1900-1925"
Michael Helquist, historian and author
Friday, November 11th, 2016, 12pm-1pm
Light refreshments served
Public historian Michael Helquist argues that medical practitioners in Oregon struggled to serve their patients, avoid legal jeopardy, and adapt to changing social norms in the early 20th century when confronted with matters of sexual issues and reproductive services. He will consider how much sexuality was understood at the turn of the century and then focus on three areas at the intersection of sexual behavior and medical care: sexually transmitted diseases, abortion services, and birth control information. He will emphasize the role of women physicians in patient care, health services, and public health conflicts.
Helquist is the author of Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions, published by Oregon State University Press in 2015. He is also the 2016 Joel Palmer Award winner for his article “Criminal Operations: The First Fifty Years of Abortion Trials in Portland, Oregon,” published in the Oregon Historical Quarterly.