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‘Race Correction’ in Medicine: A History of Lung Function Measurements

Wed 9 May 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm BST

9 May 2018, Bristol

Lung function measurements are routinely ‘corrected’ for race and/or ethnicity transnationally. In this talk, Professor Lundy Braun draws on the historical and scientific literature on lung function measurements to examine how philosophical ideas of racial difference in lung function in the US became scientific; how race intersected with social class and gender; and how ideas of innate difference gained sufficient traction, such that they persist to the present day with little contestation. 

Lundy Braun is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Africana Studies at Brown University (USA) and author of Breathing Race into the Machine: The Surprising Career of the Spirometer from Plantation to Genetics (University of Minnesota Press, 2014).

After her lecture, Lundy Braun will be joined by historians Dr Michael Bresalier (University of Swansea) and Dr Coreen McGuire (University of Bristol) for a panel discussion and audience Q&A, followed by reception with wine and snacks. Organied in collaboration with the University of Bristol’s Centre for Black Humanities, and Centre for Health, Humanities and Science.

​This event is free but please register your interest via Eventbrite (link)

Time: Weds 9th May, 6:30-9:00pm 

Venue: Lecture Theatre 3 (LT3), Arts Complex, 17 Woodland Road, University of Bristol, BS8 1TU

For queries please contact Life of Breath project administrator Jordan Collver: jordan.collver@bristol.ac.uk


Life of Breath


University of Bristol Arts Complex
3-5 Woodland Road
Bristol, BS8 1TU United Kingdom