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The History of Emotions and Emotions in the History of Medicine and Public Health


The History of Emotions and Emotions in the History of Medicine and Public Health: Present and Future Work in Bioethics and the Health Humanities


Jacob D. Moses, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Institute of the History of Medicine and Center

for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University


Wednesday, June 29, 2022

4:00pm — 5:00pm

Room 1.104

Maurice Ewing Hall

In this presentation, I will describe current efforts to understand the role of emotions in the history of

medicine and public health. Emotions are central to the experience of patients and healers, experts and

publics. Many policy and normative debates are structured by discourses of feeling (and modes of public

reason that seek to tame these passions). Yet, analyzing affect presents some methodological

complexities. I will draw on several present and ongoing projects to suggest how interdisciplinary and

collaborative investigations can more fully account for emotions as objects of—and lens for—bioethics

and health humanities research

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