The Bates Center is the preeminent history of nursing research center and archive.
Our priority is to increase the understanding of the importance of the history of nursing and healthcare to the development of our healthcare system and in crafting effective health policies and patient care strategies.
Through its extensive collections, fellowships, and curricula opportunities, the Bates Center provides considerable evidence for scholars and students to question traditional disciplinary paradigms; to give voice to the historical power of nursing; and to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of local and global approaches to issues of health and illness.
Calm, Cool, Courageous: Nursing and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic
This fall marks the 100 year anniversary of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. To commemorate this horrific event that impacted the entire world, the Bates Center is organizing a campaign, Calm, Cool, Courageous, to highlight the work and experiences of nurses during the 1918 flu pandemic. Follow along on twitter at @Penn_Bateshx and on facebook using #FollowTheFlu for real-time reactions to events as they unfolded.
Feb20In this Bates Center seminar, Wangui Muigai, PhD, examines the origins of government efforts to reduce black infant mortality, by tracing the early work of the U.S. Children’s Bureau in the 1920s rural South. Muigai’s talk considers the legacies of this moment on the birth and reproductive experiences of African Americans.
May1Within endocrinology, the last century has been one of phenomenal discovery yet also outrageous claims. In this Bates Center seminar, Randi Epstein, MD, MPH, MS, argues that appreciating the forces that shape hormone history will provide both healers and patients a nuanced understanding of hormone therapy today.
The spring 2019 seminar series offers an exciting lineup of prominent scholars who will present new historical scholarship.
As we wrap up our series Calm, Cool, Courageous, we take a look at the fatalities and the silence surrounding the tragic event.
Visiting nurses were on the front lines of the Influenza Pandemic. They faced illness, death, and risked their own lives and safety to care for others.