Frank Blibo

Frank Blibo

Frank Blibo

Research Interests: History of medicine and science in and beyond Europe and America; history of chronic diseases such as heart diseases, neurological disorders and cancers, of therapeutics such as cardiology, cardiac surgery, and coronary revascularization, of neurology and neurosurgery, of specialty training and education, of global health, and of medical ethics in sub-Saharan Africa; and the origin of neurosurgery in the US

Frank Blibo is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in History of Science at Harvard University. His research focuses on the transnational and cross-cultural history of science and medicine, which attempts to decenter and relocate many of the traditional Euro-American histories of science and science we have. He has done this sort of relocating and decentering works in the African context, focusing on the history of heart diseases, cardiology and cardiac surgery, the development of specialty training and education in heart care, the development of coronary revascularization and angioplasty, (African) women in heart care, intracranial tumors, neurology and neurosurgery. He has also explored certain ethical issues in the history of science and medicine such as the themes of unequal concern in African medicine as well as truth-telling, subterfuge, and human experimentation in the origin of neurosurgery during the first half of the twentieth-century in the US context. He is currently writing his doctoral dissertation under David Jones on “Caring for the Diseased Heart of Africa: The Institut de Cardiologie d’Abidjan and the Rise of Specialties in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery in Cote d’Ivoire and sub-Saharan Africa, 1977-2017.”   

Previous Degrees:
BTh., Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, Ghana
ThM., University of Edinburgh
MTS., Harvard Divinity School
AM., Harvard History of Science

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