History of Medicine

History of Medicine: AMS Hannah Summer Studentship Award

AMS is perhaps best known these days for The Phoenix Project, which focuses on bringing compassion to healthcare, but our healthcare roots run deep. AMS has been a steady supporter of the study of medical history for almost 80 years. One of the programs we are proud to support is the AMS Hannah Summer Studentship Awards, in partnership with The Canadian Society for the History of Medicine.

The Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, adjudicates applications for the AMS Hannah Summer Studentship Awards, which lay a foundation for graduate level study of the history of health and medicine, both for medical and arts students. Three-month summer studentships in the amount of $5,500 are available to undergraduate students registered in a Canadian university for a supervised project in the history of medicine.

Meet Hannah Summer Student Alison Hogan – University of Victoria

Alison received her Hannah Summer Studentship award to research and write her paper “Thalidomide, Medical Ethics and the Freedom of the Press”.  Being able to purchase texts (which were then donated to the University of Victoria) and gain online access to parliamentary papers proved to be invaluable to her research. Access to newspaper databases allowed Alison to fill in the bigger picture as news outlets reacted to the unfolding thalidomide crisis around the world.

“The Hannah Summer Studentship allowed me to immerse myself completely in a very satisfying research exercise that will only enhance my experience as a first-year graduate student.”

Alison was able to connect with Dr. Ray Stokes of the University of Glasgow regarding his research on the topic. He was able to provide some intriguing information that will be incorporated into his book slated for publication next year. “I was very excited to correspond with someone so deeply engaged in the primary research on this topic” said Alison.

There is currently a dearth of comprehensive journal articles covering the social history of thalidomide. Alison is hopeful that her paper will be a useful contribution to the existing sources.

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