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Senior Rotation


Senior Rotation provides an opportunity for senior students to spend several weeks researching and writing a paper on a topic of interest in the history of medicine under the supervision of the Director of the Waring Historical Library. Appointment with the Director to discuss guidelines for this possibility is required before enrollment is accepted.

As an additional incentive, the Waring Library Society offers a $500 prize to the author of a truly exceptional paper. This award is not given out every year, only as merited in the opinion of the Director.

Previous paper topics include:

  • Walter E. Dandy: Pioneering Neurosurgeon
  • Involuntary Sterilization in South Carolina
  • The History of Ginseng and Garlic
  • Kenneth Lynch and Asbestos
  • The Innovative Women in Medicine
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy
  • History of Childbirth: Evolution of Operative Obstetrics
  • The Wilhite Incident: A Southern Ether Controversy
  • The Progress of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • The Caesarean Section: A Long and Controversial History
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: The Spark that Ignited the Laparoscopic Explosion
  • Childbirth: A History of Philosophies and Rituals
  • Austin Talley Moore: A South Carolinian Innovator
  • Inhaled Anesthetics: A Sleepy Journey
  • Historical Overview of Cataract Surgery
  • Syndenham's chorea: the graduation dissertation of a 19th century physician and his 21st century great-great-granddaughter's review of the literature
  • A History of Cancer Treatment at MUSC
  • The Historical Split of Psychiatry from Neurology


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