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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. 


Upcoming Events:

  • May
    Randi Epstein, MD, MPH, MS

    AROUSED: A History of Hormone Healers & Hucksters

    Within 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.