Civil War Medicine the Focus of BB&T Heritage Lecture in American History at Barton College on Sept. 30

Margaret HumphreysWILSON, N.C. – Barton College will welcome historian Dr. Margaret Humphreys, Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine and professor of history at Duke University, as the featured speaker for the upcoming BB&T Heritage Lecture in American History, on Tuesday, Sept. 30. Dr. Humphreys’ lecture will focus on medicine during the American Civil War. Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center, this program is open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend.

A specialist in the history of science and medicine, Dr. Humphreys has focused her research and publications primarily on infectious disease in the U.S. and the American South, as well as the history of medicine during the American Civil War. Humphreys has also published on the history of diabetes, public health ethics, and colonial medicine. Her research has appeared in “Bulletin of the History of Medicine,” “Literature and Medicine,” “Perspectives in Biology and Medicine,” “Social Science and Medicine,” “Public Health Reports,” and “Environmental History,” among other publications. Of special note are her books “Yellow Fever and the South” (1992), “Malaria: Poverty, Race, and Public Health in the United States” (2001), “Intensely Human: The Health of Black Soldiers in the American Civil War” (2008), and, most recently, “Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War” (2013). In addition to her own research, she was editor-in-chief of the “Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences” from 1999-2012.

Humphreys earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, followed by a Master of Arts degree and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. She also holds a M.D. and a Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School.

This lectureship is endowed by BB&T, and the evening’s sponsors include the School of Humanities at Barton College and the Wilson County Historical Association.

For additional information about this program, please contact Dr. Jeff Broadwater, professor of history, at (252) 399-6443 or