Monthly Archives: October 2012

HICLR Schlessinger Lecture – Escaping Melodramas: “What Rhetoric” and “What Stories” for the U.S. Public Health STD Inoculation Studies in Guatemala

The UC Hastings International and Comparative Law Review (HICLR) and the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy is putting on a symposium featuring Dr. Susan M. Reverby. Dr. Reverby's talk will be based upon her groundbreaking work exposing unethical human subjects research in Guatemala by the US Government from 1946-1948 where individuals were deliberately infected with syphilis. Her work has been highlighted by many outlets including the New York Times. It led to a formal apology in 2010 by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and sparked an investigation by the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. 

About the Speaker:


Dr. Susan M. Reverby is currently a professor in Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. More information can be found here.

Consortium Fall Lecture Series: Conflicts over Patient Care for Ob-Gyns in Catholic Hospitals

Dr. Lori Freedman will describe findings from her in-depth interviews with ob-gyns throughout the U.S. about the kinds of conflicts they encounter when caring for pregnant women in Catholic hospitals. Find out how institutional prohibitions on abortion, sterilization, and contraception in Catholic hospitals become problematic for physicians and their patients in unexpected ways.

About the Speaker:

Lori Freedman, PhD is a medical sociologist in the ANSIRH program, Bixby Center, and the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Over the past decade, she has researched the ways in which reproductive health care is shaped by our social structure and medical culture. Her recent book, Willing and Unable: Doctors’ Constraints in Abortion Care, is based upon 40 in-depth physician interviews and examines how abortion politics affect medical practice, focusing on the challenges to integrating abortion into physician practice. Unexpected findings from the interviews led her to research and write about the intersection of religion and health care, especially in the case of Catholic-owned hospitals. She is interested in how physician employers use conscience clauses in medical practice at individual and institutional levels. Dr. Freedman’s current research projects include one on the bedside bioethics of religiously affiliated health care institutions and their employees and a second focused on the experiences of newly abortion trained nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, and physician assistants. Dr. Freedman received her BA at the University of Oregon and her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Davis.