History Workshop: Medical Confidentiality with Miles Wilkinson
Don’t miss the last History Workshop of winter quarter, presented by Miles Wilkinson:
Creating Confidentiality: Physician-Patient Privilege and Medical Confidentiality in the United States, 1776–1975
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
375 McKenzie Hall
This event is free and open to all.
Tracing the origins and evolution of physician-patient privilege in America, Miles Wilkinson shows that the laws regulating medical testimony in the courtroom were cobbled together in response to a variety of disparate medical and legal developments—many predating the modern notions of privacy and patients’ rights often associated with the privilege today.
In doing so, Wilkinson explains how physician-patient privilege became a widely accepted legal doctrine and explain why the privilege remains such an unevenly applied rule in American courts.
About the Speaker
Miles Wilkinson is a graduate employee with the Department of History. His research focuses on the history of medicine in the United States. He is also a 2018-19 Oregon Humanities Center Teaching Fellow.