William Summers

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Prof Ther Radiology; Prof Mol Biophys & Biochem and History of Med
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266 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06511-8902
203-432-5585

Professor William C. Summers’ interests range from molecular biology to Chinese culture and history. A well-published researcher in virology and in the history of science and medicine, Professor Summers earned both his MD. and his PhD in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin in 1967. He joined the Yale Faculty in 1968. Professor Summers has held fellowships and visiting faculty positions at major research universities in the United States, Sweden, Great Britain, and China; he serves on numerous panels and editorial boards. He first travelled to the People’s Republic of China in 1980 with the Yale delegation that re-established the medical exchange program with the Hunan Medical College. Professor Summers has done extensive research on Chinese public health and medicine, publishing articles on historic parallels between Chinese and Western medical development, Chinese government medical policy, and acupuncture. At Yale, students enjoy Professor Summers’ college seminar, “Plagues and Peoples,” which deals with historical issues of policy and epidemic disease. He also teaches a seminar on the history of Chinese science in which he deals with Chinese concepts of the natural world, Asian technological development, and East-West scientific interactions. His outgoing and accessible personality makes him a favorite among students

WGSS 045 Cross-Cultural Narratives of Desire
WGSS 255 Biology of Gender & Sexuality