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 March 17 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 2014 — Spring 2015

Lecture Title
Guest Speaker
Detailed Description
September 3
The Life and Surgical Firsts of Michael E. DeBakey George P. Noon, M.D., Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplant and Assist Devices, Baylor College of Medicine Abstract
September 30
Medical Care and Learning During the American Civil War: The Horror and the Hope Eugene Boisaubin, M.D., Professor of Medicine, UT Medical School at Houston Abstract
November 5
The Quest for Certainty in Medicine Garabed Eknoyan, M.D., Professor of Medicine-Nephrology, Baylor College of Medicine Abstract
December 3
The Birth of the Science of Immunology Armond S. Goldman, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Abstract
January 7
Advanced Surgical Contributions of Early Middle Eastern Physicians Kenneth L. Mattox, M.D., Distinguished Service Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine Abstract
February 4
Truman G. Blocker, Jr., M.D.: A Superlative Man Robert O. Marlin, M.S.I.S., M.A., Archivist, Moody Medical Library, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Abstract
March 4
Illness in the White House: The Health of U.S. Presidents Andrew DuPont, M.D., Associate Professor, Gastroenterlogy, Hepatology and Nutrition, UT Medical School at Houston Abstract
March 17*
Annual John P. McGovern Lecture and Banquet—An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted and the Miracle Drug Cocaine Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine; Director, Center for the History of Medicine, University of Michigan Abstract
April 1
Medical Quackery—All But Eternal Donald M. Marcus, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Medicine-Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology, Baylor College of Medicine Abstract
May 6
The History of Vitamin B12 and Pernicious Anemia: An Interesting Cast of Characters David A. Sears, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Medicine-Hematology and Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine Abstract


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

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