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History of Medicine

Special Event: "Bringin' in Da Spirit"

Date/Time/Location: March 26, 2007 from 2:00­­–3:30 p.m. in the Lister Hill Center Auditorium

Through the use of first-person narrative and rare archival images, this documentary provides a moving glimpse of the women who have skillfully brought scores of children across the threshold of existence. Narrated by Phylicia Rashad, this evocative and passionate film celebrates women who have committed themselves to holistic answers amidst powerful misconceptions about the practice of midwifery and opposition from medical practitioners.

Welcome: Dr. Elizabeth Fee, Chief, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine

Moderator: Dr. Yvonne T. Maddox, Deputy Director, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at NIH

Introduction to the film, "Bringin' in Da Spirit": Rhonda L. Haynes, Director and Producer

Historical Commentary: Dr. Mary E. Fissell, Professor of History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

All are invited.