Foundations of the History of Contemporary Medicine

This series will provide attendees with broad strokes of the history of medicine and topics that could enhance the humanistic and scientific formation of a Doctor in Medicine.

This new blue book is presented for the first time for the Spring 2014 semester. Course director, Dr. Adan Rios from the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Medical School, has put together this course and will be the sole lecturer in the series.

Lectures are scheduled from 12:00—1:00 pm in the Medical School Building rooms listed below.

Students interested in attending are asked to attend the lectures and sign-in to receive credit. In order to receive credit, students must attend 7 of the 10 lectures.

Full abstracts for each lecture can be found here.

Schedule for Spring 2014

Lecture Topic & Description
January 16 The Evolution Theory: Does it matter to medicine?
This lecture within the framing of the practice of medicine will bring forward a contemporary view of the Theory of Evolution and how its application can profoundly impact the practice of medicine.
January 23 William Harvey and Critical Thinking
Drawing from accounts obtained from primary sources, this is a glass through which we can see the seeds of today's science, and perhaps develop an appreciation for a past that lives in the present.
February 6 Pasteur, Koch, Yellow Fever, Malaria, and the Building of the Panama Canal
This lecture will take us from "pasteurization to rabies vaccine to anthrax spores culminating with the work of Dr. William Gorgas during the building of the Panama Canal.
February 13 From Mold to an Antibiotic: The penicillin miracle
Wrapped in popular mythology, the true story of how the penicillin miracle happened is alluring and fascinating.
February 20 The Molecules of Life: DNA, physics, and the birth of molecular biology
This lecture will discuss the impact of the discovery of DNA and its evolving application in medicine.
February 27 Transplants: The surgeons' journey
This lecture is a panoramic view of how surgery has changed the practice of medicine and the enormous impact of organs transplantation.
March 20 The Creation of the NIH, the Flexner Report, and Their Impact in Public Health
Understanding the origin of these two institutions, the NIH and the American Medical Education System, may allow us to better serve them and in turn protect their legacy.
March 27 The Institutional Review Boards (IRBs): The genesis of the protection of human subjects from unethical experimentation
This lecture describes how IRBs came to be and how, despite some of the flaws that have accompanied their creation, have become the most important regulary bodies for the advancement of clinical research.
April 3 The AIDS Crisis and the Hippocratic Oath
With the AIDS Crisis as a background, this lecture will examine whether there is or not relevance to the Hippocratic Oath in today's practice of medicine.
April 17 Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the polio vaccine
The archetypal life of Jonas Salk will be used to illustrate in one individual the summation of many of the sweeping themes that make medicine one of the greatest professions in the history of mankind.


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