Year: 2018

From Conjecture to Reality to Controversy: Blood Transfusions and Blood Banking in America

Nate Zaroban is a fourth-year Biological Chemistry major and Neuroscience concentrator at Grinnell College. After graduating from Grinnell, Nate will be attending the University of Nebraska College of Medicine starting in the Fall of 2018. He took the History of American Health and Medicine course to learn more about the profession that he will begin… Read more From Conjecture to Reality to Controversy: Blood Transfusions and Blood Banking in America

Recipe for Revolution: “Brownie Mary” and the San Francisco AIDS Epidemic, 1980s-1990s

Misha Laurence ’18 is an anthropology major (with a linguistics concentration). His work focuses on medical cannabis, particularly in connection with medical anthropology, science studies, and the study of health movements and activism. For his senior thesis in anthropology, he conducted an ethnographic study of medical cannabis in Washington State. In addition, he enjoys birdwatching,… Read more Recipe for Revolution: “Brownie Mary” and the San Francisco AIDS Epidemic, 1980s-1990s

History of Welfare in United States: Equality for Some

Summer White is a senior political science major with a concentration in policy studies at Grinnell College. Interested in pursuing public health and social justice oriented policy, Summer will begin her career this July in Washington, DC as a federal strategy and operations business analyst. Health is a universal human experience. Physical, social, emotional, mental,… Read more History of Welfare in United States: Equality for Some

A-Freud of the Slip: Bringing Unconscious Thought to the Conscious Mind

Amelia Cogan (’19) is a student at Grinnell College majoring in Biological Chemistry. In the fall of 2018, she will begin pursuing her Masters of Public Health at the University of Iowa. She then plans to attend medical school and work with vulnerable populations as a physician, hoping to achieve health equity in her community.… Read more A-Freud of the Slip: Bringing Unconscious Thought to the Conscious Mind

Widening the Healthcare Gap: The AIDS Epidemic and “The Other”

Kyra Neylan is a fourth year student at Grinnell College studying biology and neuroscience. She is interested in pursuing a career in medicine. From the onset in 1980 of what would come to be a national epidemic, the disease now known as HIV/AIDS was framed as a disease of male homosexuality. Initially termed Gay Related… Read more Widening the Healthcare Gap: The AIDS Epidemic and “The Other”

Midwifery Status in the United States and Denmark: A Matter of Inclusion in the Medicalized Model of Childbirth

Lucy Chechik is a fourth year Chemistry major from Minneapolis, MN.  After Grinnell, she wants to become a physician focused on maternal health. “The difficult thing for us to realize is the position of trust and respect in which the midwife is held in Denmark” –Dr. Dorothy Mendenhall, 1928 [1]. In the early 1920s, Dr.… Read more Midwifery Status in the United States and Denmark: A Matter of Inclusion in the Medicalized Model of Childbirth

Choice? Alternative Birthing Options for Black Women in the Southern U.S. From the 1970s-now

Haley O’Neill (’18) is a Biology and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies major from SE MN. After Grinnell, she is working with maternal healthcare and reproductive rights advocacy. She hopes to pursue midwifery or women’s healthcare policy. The U.S. maternal mortality rate, in 2018,  is comparable to the rate in the 1970s. Approximately 700-900 women die… Read more Choice? Alternative Birthing Options for Black Women in the Southern U.S. From the 1970s-now