“Intolerable Lesbian Lovers:” Medicine’s Control of Deviant Sexuality and Gender Norms

Hannah Boggess is a [2018] Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and History double major. Outside of schoolwork, she enjoys playing with every dog she sees, watching The West Wing, and being a feminist killjoy. Compulsory heterosexuality, a term popularized by Adrienne Rich in the 1980s, is the overwhelming, hegemonic, enforced belief that all people are assumed—and required—to… Read more “Intolerable Lesbian Lovers:” Medicine’s Control of Deviant Sexuality and Gender Norms

Sex Work and Stigma: A Historical Medical Approach

Toby Baratta (2017) is a student at Grinnell College majoring in Computer Science and Political Science with a concentration in Statistics. She loves data analysis, accessible technology, queer life, intersectional feminism, and cats.  Sex work has been a popular conversation lately in the news and pop media. There have been talks about decriminalization, legalization, and… Read more Sex Work and Stigma: A Historical Medical Approach

“One of Our Greatest Investments”: Breastfeeding in the Early 20th Century United States

Sam Curry is a fourth year Anthropology major from South Kingstown, Rhode Island. His main academic interests involve humans’ relationships with the nature and environmental health, and he hopes to work in environmental policy after graduation. His other main  interest is racquetball. In 1912, pediatrician Henry L. Coit, mourning his son’s death from typhoid fever,… Read more “One of Our Greatest Investments”: Breastfeeding in the Early 20th Century United States

The Solution to Weak Knees: A History of the Total Knee Replacement

Nick Brule is a third year student at Grinnell College majoring in Biological Chemistry. Post Grinnell he plans to attend medical school. He is also a member of the men’s soccer team at Grinnell and enjoys solving Rubik’s cubes in his free time. The total knee replacement is one of the great developments within medicine in… Read more The Solution to Weak Knees: A History of the Total Knee Replacement

The Outside Looking In: Social Influences on Mental Health

JP DeFranco is a second year biology/neuroscience major and active in athletics specifically golf, weight training and basketball.  JP has worked extensively with youth coaching basketball and special needs students.  He enjoys spending time with his family and watching movies. Mental health and mental health treatments have been a trendy contemporary topic in our country.… Read more The Outside Looking In: Social Influences on Mental Health

Women and Healthcare: Nursing in 19th Century Post Civil War America

Kirtimay Pendse is a first year student at Grinnell College, where he’s studying Economics and Global Development Studies. He’s interested in studying the relationship between medicine and economics. Various historians agree that nursing as a profession has provided new perspectives on the larger issues present in women’s history and in American medical history. However, not… Read more Women and Healthcare: Nursing in 19th Century Post Civil War America

A History of Drug Advertising, Federal Drug Regulation, and the Doctor-Patient Relationship

My name is Oliver Vande Stouwe and I am a Chemistry and Economics double major at Grinnell College. I was born and raised in Grinnell but, it wasn’t until late in my high school career that I knew Grinnell College was the school I would attend. I knew Grinnell as a great academic institution with… Read more A History of Drug Advertising, Federal Drug Regulation, and the Doctor-Patient Relationship

The Effects of Medical Technology on The U.S. Economy

Charlie Rosenblum ’18 is an Economics and French major at Grinnell College interested in health economics and development.   On March 23rd, 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or ACA for short) into law. Like many actions that come with the presidency, this was followed by much controversy as critics… Read more The Effects of Medical Technology on The U.S. Economy