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Indiana University School of Medicine


A Cultural Biography of the Prostate online lecture

Lectures in Medical Humanities and Health Studies is cosponsored by the John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Society, Ruth Lilly Medical Library and the IUSM History of Medicine Student Interest Group.

Speaker: Ericka Johnson, PhD
Professor of Gender and Society, Linköping University, Sweden
Drawing on historical and modern sources, interviews with doctors and men, medical texts, and cultural images of the prostate, this research examines the history of prostate treatments, how it is treated today, what patients are met by when they seek care, and what medical technologies (including the PSA test) do to men worried about their prostate health. The research stems from an interdisciplinary, medical humanities project conducted at Linköping University, Sweden.

an image of Erica Johnson