Titles of Past Senior Projects

2016

On Pins and Needles: The Emergence and Acceptance of Acupuncture in America, 1971-1997

Sleep: How did we get to where we are today? A Historical Perspective on Sleep as a Science & Culture’s Affect

America’s Search for Meaning: Viktor Frankl, Logotherapy, and Cultural Legitimacy, 1957-1985

The Pathology of Objectivity: Naturalization and Quantification in Nineteenth-Century Racial Psychiatry

Transforming Primary Care: How Multiphasic Health Services Redefined Care Delivery at Kaiser Permanente, 1948-1973

The Classroom as the Laboratory: Biologists, Teachers, and the Reform of American High School Education During the Cold War

The National School Lunch Program: A Quasi-Welfare Program in Mid-20th Century America

Unveiling the Technological Future: The Relationship between Science and Society in the Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative

Comparisons of American Anti-Vaccination Movements, 1880s-1914 and 1990s-Present

Herbert Thoms and His Natural Childbirth Program at Yale in the Postwar Period

Selling “Success”: The Remaking of San Francisco’s National Image during the Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919

What’s Hormones Got To Do With It? The Medicalization of Menopause in Postwar America

Euthanasia in Nazi Germany and its Effect on Modern Day Bioethics Issues

From Czechoslovakia to the WHO: Karel Raska’s contribution to 20th century epidemiology and public health surveillance

Crohn’s, Colostomies, and Our Country: How Changes in American Culture Inspired Users to Seek Improvements in the Ostomy Pouch

The Business of Drugs: The Development of the American and British Pharmaceutical Industries through a Perspective of Innovation, 1870-1970

The Baby Bottle and the Bottom Line: Corporate Strategies and the Infant Formula Controversy in the 1970s

Who Can Be A Bad Mother?: Race, Class and the Anti-Vaccination Movement in the 1910s and 1920s

Child Development and Day Care Policy: The Science of Social Control

Poorly Pointed Fingers: Revisiting the Failure of the Committee on the Costs of Medical Care’s Final Report

Airing the Church’s Laundries: The Abuse of Asylum Women in Twentieth Century Ireland

The Traditional Art of Eating with God: The Development of the Current Industrial Food System and How Religious Doctrine Encouragers Marketplace Independence

What’s Race Got To Do With It? Health Disparities and the Transformation of National Negro Health, 1900-1950

Public Health in the Public Eye: A Visual Investigation of the Effects of the New York Quarantine from 1890-1910

Two Sides of Birth Control in the 20th Century: Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Young Mother’s Program

Transgressing Boundaries: The “White Negro” and the Construction of Blackness in America from 1790-1850

Moving to Heal: An Exploration of Unorthodox Movement Therapies in Early Twentieth Century and Contemporary America

Suns of the Earth: A One-Act Play on Shakespeare, Death, and Liberation

Drawing Lines and Drawing Curtains: 1970s and 1980s Dialogues on the Selective Non-treatment of Newborns

2015

The Ethiopian Famines of the 1970s and 1980s: Challenging the Divide between Humanutarianism and Development

Bright Young Minds: Collegiate Mental Hygiene in Early Twentieth Century America

More than Public Health: The History and Impact of Ebola Virus Disease from 1976-2014

A Living Tradition: Mellon Ms 100 and the Practice of Alchemy in Eighteenth-Century France

The Power of the People: Examining the Important Contributions of the Black Panther Party to Community Health in New Haven, CT from 1969 to 1972

Dismantling “Institutions of Violence”: Psychiatric Reform in Italy, 1960-1978

Silencio = Muerte: Latino HIV/ AIDS Activism in New York City, 1988-1991

“Closer to Playboy than to Grey’s Anatomy”: Illustration, Imagery, and the Anatomical Basis of Medical Practice

Laboratory Soldiers: Human Experimentation of Biological Weapons in the US Military, 1955-1973

The History of Quarantine in New York City: How Diseases Influenced the Policies and Actions of Government

Tower of Refuge: Faith at the Intersection of HIV/AIDS and Incarceration
Resources in Great Britain, 1888-1946

The Atoms for Peace Initiative and Japan: Rethinking the Origins of Nuclear Power in Japan
False Realities: How the Origins of the Cesarean Crisis Reveal Society’s Changing Perception of the Female Body in the 1970s

Fallout: How the Lloyd Harbor Study Group Mobilized Mass Opposition to the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant

Innovations in the History of Science: Social and Intellectual Contexts in Fin-de-siècle Vienna and Digital Age Silicon Valley

Changing Perspectives on the Garifuna Community of Central America within Medical Anthropology and Public Health from the 1980s to the Present

Remedios Contra la Peste: The Intersection of Disease and Religion in 17th Century Spain
“Boutique” Doctors: Biomedicine, Specialism, and Primary Care at the Yale School of Medicine

Through the Looking Glass: The Role of Fundus Photography in the Evolution of  Ophthalmology and Clinical Observation

Metrics and Morals: Kingsley Davis and Social Prescription in Post-Partition India

R.D. Laing and Schizophrenia: A Separation from Psychiatry and a Division of Self in the 1960s. An Existential and Introspective Analysis

Doctors with Cigarettes: The Physician’s Changing Role in Tobacco Advertising in Mid-twentieth Century America

Innovative Minds: Charles Swift and the Emergence of the Mental Health System in Tanzania, 1966-1974

The Anti-Rape Movement: Unearthing the Sexual Climate and Rise in Rape Crisis Centers during the 1970s

Men and Microbes: Immunobiology at Yale University

Appealing to America: Psychotherapy During the Craze for Magic Bullet Solutions to Anxiety and Depression
 

2014

“The Death Nanny”: Expert Testimony, Shaken Baby Syndrome, and the Louise Woodward Trial

A History of the Research and Practice of Advanced Cardiac Life Support: A Case Study in Evidence-based Medicine

A Tale of a Mutating Theory: The Evolution of the Thrifty Genotype Hypothesis from 1962-2007

The Influence of the AIDS Epidemic on the Genesis of the Fast Track Drug Approval Program in the Food and Drug Administration

Measuring “Problems of Human Behavior”:  The Eugenic Origins of Yale’s Institute of Psychology, 1921-1929

Tuberculosis During the Belle Epoque: Understanding Disease Through Fictional Representations of Tuberculosis in Nineteenth-Century French Culture

Female Peace Corps Volunteers in Afghanistan: Eradicating Smallpox and Communism, 1967-1971

Defeating Goliath with a Different Stone: A Critical Analysis of Malaria Eradication in the 20th Century and the Global Shift Towards Disease Control

The Proper Channels: River Engineering and the Causes of Floods in Postwar Japan

Bellevue-Yorkville Health Demonstration: 1921-1937 Experiment in Midtown New York

The Dignity of an Exact Science: Evangeline Adams, Astrology, and the Professions of the Probable, 1890-1940

Redefining the Dread Disease: The Makings of Pediatric Oncology

Building a Better State: Eugenics, Gender, and the “Feeble-Minded” in Early Twentieth-Century Connecticut

Smiling Straight Through Life: A Historical Perspective on the Psychological Implications of Early 20th Century Teeth Straightening Techniques.

Cutting Ahead: The Impact of Health System Biases on Pediatric Bariatric Surgery in the US, UK, and Italy, 1997-2012

An Inquiry into the History of US Hospital Dietetic Systems and Food Quality -Or- Why Does Hospital Food Suck?   

For God,for Country, and for Sex: Yale after Coeducation, 1969-75

Dangerous Irritation, Fearsome Flesh: Edwin Hartley Pratt and the Use of Circumcision by Orificial Surgeons in the United States, 1886-1918

Gluten Free: From the Discovery of Celiac Disease to the Low-Carb Fad Diet

Between Two Movements: Race and Gender in African American Women’s Abortion Experiences from 1950 to 1973

The Color of Menthol: Big Tobacco’s Exploitation of Black Ethos and Psychology in the Civil Rights Era as an Explanation for Present Day Smoking Demographics

A Pill for Every “Ill”:  Eli Lilly’s Campaign to Pathologize Ordinary Problems of Living

A Healthy State of Affairs: Public Health and Well-being in 18th Century Ottoman Aleppo
Russell Chittenden’s Physiological Economy of Nutrition: Setting Standards for More than Protein in 20th Century America.

Is Battey’s Operation Batty? Historical Context and Controversies of a 19th Century Gynecological Surgery.

Guarding Against Gardasil: Doctors, Parents, and the Politics of the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine in Twenty-First Century America

The Goal: A Year Without a Diphtheria Death in the City Baltimore’s Fight Against Diphtheria in the 1930s

A “Natural” Disaster: Air Pollution Control Efforts in Los Angeles, 1947-1970
 

2013

Dethroning the “Medical Clergy”: Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Community Health Movement in a Model City

The Popularization and Medicalization of Childhood Stress in the “Me Decade” (1980) of America

The Intersection of Agit prop Theatre and AIDS Activism: The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer as a Model for Social Change

Strategic Health: How Businesses, Religious Missions, and the Colonial State Developed the Public Health Agenda in the Belgian and French Congos

Ecocide: Understanding Agent Orange and the Vietnam War

The Opposition Strikes Back: Opposition in 20th C Britain as seen through Mental Deficiency Legislation

Casta Paintings and Race: The Role of Art in Justifying the Scientific Basis of Race

Imperialism, Capitalism, and Women: How Women’s Agency Changed the Course of Reproductive Health in Puerto Rico

Beauty and the Brain: Aestheticization of Medicine at Yale’s Cushing Center

Before Obesity was a Disease: Public Health, Media, and American Culture in the 1980s

History of Tensions Between the Public Health Sector and the Fast Food Industry: A Case Study of the McDonald’s Happy Meal

Parents Pick Their Battles: The Significance of Birth Plans in 20th Century American Maternity

Supply or Demand? Elucidating the Chicken and Egg Relationship Between Energy Resources and the Technology They Fuel

The “Dykes” Chapter: Lesbian Participation in the 1970s US Women’s Health Movement

“We” before “Me”: The Black Community’s Opposition to Planned Parenthood in Black Communities, 1966-1974

The Birth of a Narrative and the Early 20th Century History of the Pioneer Hi-Bred Company: Breeding Corn, Producing Seed, and Shaping the Story of American Agriculture

Vaccination Politics in 1976: The Rise and Fall of the U.S. Swine Flu Program

The Teen Sex Problem: The origins of Federal Abstinence-Only Funding, 1970s - 1980s

Contriving Optimism in Cervical Cancer Research: The Construction of Public Knowledge about Screening in 20th Century America

The Unfulfilled Recommendations for Improving Indian Student Health in Off-Reservation Boarding Schools in the U.S., 1900 - 1969

Physicians and Social Reform: Tuberculosis in 19th Century England

Looking Back to Look Forward: The Historical Development of the  Bismarck, Bevendge, and National Health Insurance Health Systems

Blood as a Battleground: Health and Immigration in the United States and Israel in the Era of HIV/AIDS