The Separating Sickness: Historical Debates About the Contagiousness of Leprosy

West Des Moines, IA US
February 16, 2024


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Target Audience

Des Moines University faculty, staff, and students.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the key developments in public health response to leprosy (Hansen's disease) during the late 19th or early 20th century.
  2. Differentiate between the cultural, scientific, and medical factors contributing to the widespread adoption (or resistance to) germ theory.
  3. Weigh cultural frameworks' role in social responses to infectious diseases, especially among present-day neglected tropical diseases.


Mark Lambert, PhD
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Medicine, Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Des Moines University

Dr. Lambert’s teaching and research have crossed the traditional boundaries of bioethics, indigenous studies, the history of medicine, and religious studies. Focusing on leprosy (Hansen’s disease) and its modern history in the United States, especially in Hawai’i, Dr. Lambert studies the impact of stigmatizing diseases—HIV/AIDS, mental illness, and neglected tropical diseases—upon already marginalized communities.

Having grown up in Kirksville, MO, Dr. Lambert is very familiar with osteopathic medicine and is eager to pursue new research on the historical development of osteopathy, especially regarding A.T. Still’s familiarity with Native American therapeutics and the medical epistemology of the Shawnee. Full biography.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
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Event starts: 
02/16/2024 - 12:00pm CST
Event ends: 
02/16/2024 - 1:00pm CST
Des Moines University
8025 Grand Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266
United States

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  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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