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At noon on Wednesday, March 27, as part of the department’s History Is Lunch series, Dr. Luke Lampton and Karen Evers will discuss the new book Images in Mississippi Medicine: A Photographic History of Medicine in Mississippi.

The work chronicles pioneering physicians, the rise of hospitals, the treatment of mental illness, the emergence of public health, the crusade for medical education, and the accomplishments of organized medicine in the state. The book’s hundreds of rarely seen images span the antebellum period to today and show Mississippi’s medical evolution from horse-and-buggy days to the current era of high technology and robotic surgery. Essays by Lampton explore a largely forgotten drama of brilliant medical heroes who helped shape the state politically and socially.

“The story of medicine is the story of men and women and their endeavors to care for their patients and advance their profession,” said Lampton. “Mississippi has always possessed a distinct medical sense of place, with a history strongly influenced by its climate, native and imported diseases, and poverty.”

Lucius M. “Luke” Lampton of Magnolia is editor of the Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association and was medical editor of the Mississippi Encyclopedia. Lampton has served as a member of the Mississippi State Board of Health since 2006 and as chairman 2007-17. He is a clinical assistant professor of family and community medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine, clinical instructor in family medicine at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, and adjunct clinical professor of family medicine at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Lampton is president of the Foundation for Mississippi History.

Karen A. Evers, a native of Jackson, holds a B.S. in journalism and advertising from the University of Mississippi. She has worked at such magazines as Better Homes & Gardens, Hippocrates, and Health. Since 1995 Evers has been managing editor of the Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association.

The program will take place in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium at the Two Mississippi Museums—the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum—located at 222 North Street, Jackson, MS 39201. There is no charge to attend. Copies of the book will be for sale. For more information call 601-576-6998 or email


April 3—Shelby Harriel, “Behind the Rifle: Women Soldiers in Civil War Mississippi.” Sales and signing to follow.

April 10—Stephen Parks, “The State Law Library: Its Origins, Leaders, & Role in State Government.” This program will take place in the Old Capitol Museum.

April 17—Suzanne Marrs will discuss the new edition of Eudora Welty: Photographs. Sales and signing to follow.

April 24—John Ramsey Miller and Stephen Smith, “McCartys of Merigold, Mississippi: The Pottery.” Sales and signing to follow.

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