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History of Medicine: Science and the Subject’s Perspective

In the 1950s, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched a program to use healthy volunteers as control subjects. Many of these volunteers were college students or conscientious objectors hailing from pacifist religious backgrounds. In this case, documents related to the NIH's first normal volunteer cohort give a glimpse into a website created by Dean's Fellow Jenifer Dodd.

Jenifer Dodd, a fall 2015, spring and summer 2016 Dean’s Fellow, talks about her work on Science and the Subject’s Perspective: The Vernacular Archive for the Normal Volunteer Patient Program.   Jenifer helped make the materials discoverable in a digital repository, produced a website to orient users to the materials, served as a data-sharing liaison with institutions outside of Vanderbilt, and completed pilot network analysis of the material.