Special events in medical history
around the state, 2016

Dittrick Medical History Center
Thursday March 17, at 6:00 pm,  Percy Skuy Lecture
Elizabeth Watkins, Ph.D., will present “Reconceiving the Pill: From Revolutionary Therapeutic to Lifestyle Drug.”

Watkins-ElizabethElizabeth Watkins, PhD, is Dean of the Graduate Division, Vice Chancellor of Student Academic Affairs, and Professor of History of Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.Watkins’s research affirms that marketing decisions, rather than scientific innovations, have guided the development and positioning of contraceptive products in recent years. Although birth control has been pitched in the United States as an individual solution, rather than a public health strategy, the purpose of oral contraceptives was understood by manufacturers, physicians, and consumers to be the prevention of pregnancy, a basic health care need for women. Since 1990, the content of that message has changed, reflecting a shift in the drug industry’s view of the contraception business, and Watkins will explore the factors that brought about this change.

Allen Memorial Medical Library, Ford Auditorium, reception to follow in museum galleries. For parking information see our Visit the Museum web page.

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