History of Medicine

The Houston History of Medicine Society presents this annual blue book course, which is open to UT medical students for credit, as well as the entire Texas Medical Center community. On the first Wednesday of each month, a noon-time presentation is given on a selected topic of the history of medicine.

With the exception of the Annual Banquet, all lectures are held from 12:00 — 1:00 pm in Onstead Auditorium in the Basic Sciences Research Building, located at 6767 Bertner Avenue. The February 19 presentation is part of the Annual John P. McGovern Banquet and will be held at La Colombe d'Or Restaurant beginning at 6:30 pm.

In order to receive blue book credit, students must attend at least six lectures.

Schedule for Fall 2013 — Spring 2014

Lecture Title
Guest Speaker
Detailed Description
September 4 Baylor College of Medicine's Turbulent Transition to Independence William T. Butler, M.D., Chancellor Emeritus, Baylor College of Medicine Abstract
October 2 The King's Physician: Jean Heroard Wil McCorquodale, Ph.D., Director of Constituent Strategies, Office of Development and Alumni Relations, Baylor College of Medicine Abstract
November 6 Maxwell Myer Wintrobe: New History and a New Appreciation Herbert L. Fred, M.D., MACP, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, UT Medical School with Hendrik A. van Dijk, former Director of Graphics Communications Group, UTHealth Abstract
December 4 Houston and Hiroshima: Two Cities, Two Biomedical Research and Training Institutions and Their Relationship William J. Schull, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, UT School of Public Health Abstract
January 8 Maude Abbott: Courageous Early Female Physician and Founder of the International Academy of Pathology L. Maximilian Buja, M.D., Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UT Medical School; and Executive Director, the Texas Medical Center Library Abstract
February 5 A Trail of Tears: Vignettes from the History of Leprosy John E. Wolf, Jr., M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Dermatology, Baylor College of Medicine Abstract
March 5 Aztec Medicine Liliana F. Rodriguez, Dr.P.H., Former Adjunct Faculty Member, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, UT Medical School Abstract
March 18* Annual John P. McGovern Lecture and Banquet—Writing the Stories of John P. McGovern's Life: A Biographer's Perspective Bryant Boutwell, Dr.P.H., John P. McGovern Professor of Oslerian Medicine, UTHealth Abstract
April 2 Kezia Payne DePelchin and the Memphis Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878 Adrian Melissinos, Ph.D., R.N., Adjunct Faculty, Texas Women's University, Houston Abstract
May 7 The Business of Private Medical Practice and the New History of the American Medical Profession James A. Schafer, Jr., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, University of Houston Abstract


For more information about or to register for this class, contact Angela.Polczynski@uth.tmc.edu.

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