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Not Born Yesterday: Anti-Cancer Activism in Early 20th Century Latin America

September 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Speaker: Raúl Necochea, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Social Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine

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Lecture information: This lecture focuses on the case of Peru to explain the emergence and decline of the earliest Latin American coalitions of state health agencies, physicians, and lay people to broadcast the early signs of cancer. It also investigates why these previous efforts have gone unnoticed by contemporary U.S., European, and even Latin American medical experts.


Speaker information: Raúl Necochea López obtained his Ph.D. in History from McGill University, and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health before joining UNC’s Department of Social Medicine. He is broadly interested in the history of medicine and science, sexual and reproductive health, and Latin America. He is the author of A History of Family Planning in Twentieth Century Peru (UNC Press, 2014); and of La Planificación Familiar en el Perú del Siglo XX (IEP and United Nations Fund for Population Activities, 2016). He is presently researching the history of cervical cancer in the Andean region.


About the Bullitt History of Medicine Club

Formed in 1953, the Bullitt History of Medicine Club is a student organization within the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine. The club promotes the understanding and appreciation of the historical foundations upon which current medical knowledge and practice is constructed, by encouraging social and intellectual exchanges between faculty members, medical students, and members of the community. Please visit the Bullitt History of Medicine Club website for more information.


September 15, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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