Kassel Galaty, M.D., M.Phil.: From the Wards to the Archives

Or, How I Interrupted Medical School to Pursue the History of Medicine and Ended Up Studying 20th Century Struggles for Medical Authority and Hegemony

May 6, 2021
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
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As a third-year medical student, Kassel Galaty decided to pursue an M.Phil. in the History of Medicine at the University of Cambridge. During her degree, she studied the heated debate over the standardization of NHS medical records in the 1960s; the underexplored implications of the intersection between medical professionalism and attire; the medical community's attempt to police the fraudulent advertisements of the Edwardian "Doctor" Macaura's miraculous Pulsocon; and the controversy surrounding the expansion of clinical autonomy provoked by the creation of national community health worker programs. Linking this diaspora of topics is the theme of medical authority—who wields it, how can it be challenged, and how is it maintained?

In this talk, she will discuss what influenced her decision to formally study the history of medicine, how her historical studies have impacted her medical education, and what insights these historical cases of medical authority can offer us about questions of medical authority today.

Kassel Galaty smiles at the camera with brown hair, a black shirt, and a red blazer

About the speaker: Kassel Galaty, M.D., M.Phil., completed her M.Phil. in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine at the University of Cambridge in 2020. She graduated from OHSU's School of Medicine in 2021, and will be starting an Emergency Medicine Residency at Mt. Sinai in New York City this summer.

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