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Legacies of (De)segregated Medicine: Exhibit opening & lecture with Ezelle Sanford III

Thursday, February 23, 2023 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Connor Auditorium
520 S Euclid Ave, St. Louis, Missouri 63110

Bernard Becker Medical Library, in collaboration with the Center for the History of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, presents the 84th Historia Medica Lecture, "When Disparities Remain: The Enduring Legacy of Segregated Medicine," featuring Ezelle Sanford III.

Free and open to the public.

This is a hybrid event: Attend in person, and register below to receive an email reminder before the event. Unable to join us on campus? Tune in remotely: wustl-hipaa.zoom.us/j/93334961266.

After Sanford's lecture, join us on the 7th floor of Becker Library, Glaser Gallery, for a reception to celebrate the opening of our latest exhibit: "In Their Own Words: Stories of Desegregation at Washington University Medical Center." 

The exhibit is on display Feb. 23, 2023, through June.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Exhibits


Humanities & Society, Medicine & Health



Black History Month
Bernard Becker Medical Library
Event Contact

Stephen Logsdon | logsdons@wustl.edu, Sarah Bush | bush.s@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Ezelle Sanford III
Assistant Professor, History
Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Sanford teaches courses in the history of American medicine and public health, as well as African American history. Currently, Dr. Sanford is working on "Segregated Medicine: How Racial Politics Shaped American Healthcare," a book manuscript under contract with Columbia University Press.

"Segregated Medicine" utilizes the important case of St. Louis's Homer G. Phillips Hospital — the largest Black-serving U.S. general hospital in the mid-twentieth century — to trace how the logic and legacy of racial segregation established enduring structures of health inequity. Dr. Sanford's scholarship uses historical perspectives and analysis to inform his advocacy for an equitable future in American healthcare.

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