Altering American Consciousness: Alcohol, Drug Use and American Medicine
A Lecture by Sarah W. Tracy
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Health Sciences Campus Mayer Auditorium
Sarah W. Tracy, co-editor of Altering American Consciousness: The History of Alcohol and Drug Use in the United States, 1800-2000, will discuss the evolving history of addiction, treatment and drug-related policy in the United States.
Description: As part of the Medical Humanities, Arts and Ethics Series, which engages core health issues in society today, we will present an afternoon with Sarah W. Tracy, author of Alcoholism in America from Reconstruction to Prohibition and co-editor ofAltering American Consciousness: The History of Alcohol and Drug Use in the United States, 1800-2000. Tracy earned her doctorate in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma, she taught at the universities of Delaware, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and at Yale University. Tracy will discuss the evolving history of addiction, treatment and drug-related policy in the United States, including the significance of the 1914 Harrison Narcotic Act, a tax act that regulated the sale of opiates and cocaine. The Harrison Act effectively banned the prescription of opiates for addiction treatment, permitting their use for only “medical” purposes. One hundred years later, our nation continues to struggle with the growing problem of addiction to both prescription painkillers and stimulants.
Creativity and the Clinical Imagination
A Lecture by Nick Flynn
Thursday, September 26, 4 p.m.
Mayer Auditorium, Health Sciences Campus
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Organized by Pamela Schaff (Pediatrics and Keck Educational Affairs), Suraiya Rahman (Pediatrics), Erin Quinn (Family Medicine) and Lyn Boyd-Judson (Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics). Co-sponsored by the Keck School of Medicine’s Program in Medical Humanities, Arts and Ethics; the USC Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics; and the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics.