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Date(s) - 12/15/18
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Henrietta Acampora Cottage Rec Center


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URL for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2123824487899151/?ti=ia.

Suffolk County DSA is honored to welcome and host a very special guest speaker. Bancroft Prize Winner and SUNY Distinguished Professor of History, Dr. Nancy Tomes is an internationally renowned expert on the history of medicine, gender, and consumerism in America.

Dr. Tomes has appeared in multiple programs on PBS and NPR. She has written extensively about medicine, disease, gender, and healthcare in American history.

Dr. Tomes will give a talk about the historical origins and development of America’s commodified for-profit healthcare system, in which patients are essentially consumers, who are expected and required to shop around for the best deal. We will discuss the challenges we face in improving our healthcare system and opportunities for change in the current political climate.

See here for a brief video interview:

As always, free childcare, refreshments, and carpools will be arranged. Please bring a refreshment to share with others!

Dr. Tomes’ publications include: A Generous Confidence: Thomas Story Kirkbride and the Art of Asylum Keeping (Cambridge, 1984; paperback, Penn, 1994), Madness in America: Cultural and Medical Perceptions of Mental Illness Before 1914, with Lynn Gamwell (Cornell, 1995), The Gospel of Germs: Men, Women and the Microbe in American Life (Harvard, 1998), and Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers (UNC, 2016); plus two co-edited collections, Medicine’s Moving Pictures, with Leslie Reagan and Paula Treichler (Rochester, 2007), and Patients as Policy Actors, with Beatrix Hoffman, Rachel Grob, and Mark Schlesinger (Rutgers, 2011); and a website, “Medicine and Madison Avenue,” on the history of health-related advertising, developed in collaboration with Duke University Library’s Special Collections.


The DSA is a family-friendly organization, therefore folks of all ages are welcome and encouraged at this event. This event is wheelchair accessible and there are two accessible parking spots near the entrance, which is at the back of the building from the Montauk Highway entrance. Please contact Rose at rosesayre [at] gmail [dot] com for questions and assistance regarding accessibility.

Suffolk County DSA is a Long Island local of Democratic Socialists of America, the largest socialist organization in the United States with over 50,000 members. Join DSA here: https://dsausa.nationbuilder.com/join

Suffolk DSA is run by its members and organizers who are working together to revitalize the left on Long Island, nurture solidarity, create community, and build coalitions that challenge the 2 party political system and fight for policy to improve the lives of working people.

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