Historia Medica

Bernard Becker Medical Library, in collaboration with the Center for History Of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, presents this lecture series on the history of medicine.

Upcoming Lectures

58th Historia Medica

"What We Talk About When We Talk About PTSD"
October 4, 2017 at 5:30 pm
Moore Auditorium

David J. Morris
University of Nevada - Las Vegas


59th Historia Medica

"History of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes Hospital, 1912-1992"
November 9, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Bernard Becker Medical Library, King Center (7th floor)

William Owens, MD
Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine




Past Lectures

57th Historia Medica

"A Brief History of Informed Consent in the United States" (rescheduled from 12-16-2016)
March 2017

Richard Brasington, MD, FACP
Professor of Medicine; Fellowship Program Director
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine


56th Historia Medica

"Books and Bodies: 500 Years of Printing Medical Texts"
February 2017

Elisabeth Brander, MA, MLS
Rare Book Librarian, Archives and Rare Books
Washington University in St. Louis


55th Historia Medica

"The Living Heritage of John Locke and his Colleagues: From Enlightenment through Tomorrow"
January 2017

Stephen Lefrak, MD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Medical Director, Lung Volume Reduction Program; Assistant Dean and Director, Humanities Program in Medicine
Washington University in St. Louis


54th Historia Medica

"How Infection Shaped America: Lessons from Irish Famine"
November 2016

William G. Powderly, MD
J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine; Larry J. Shapiro Director, Institute for Public Health; Co-director, Division of Infectious Diseases
Washington University in St. Louis


53rd Historia Medica

"Frankenstein, The Vital Force, and Electricity"
October 2016

Paola Bertucci, DPhil - Department of History, Yale University
Stanley Finger, PhD; Professor Emeritus, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Washington University


52nd Historia Medica/6th Annual Bohigian Lectureship

"Shakespeare's Eye: A Study of the Eye in Disease and Metaphor in the Works of William Shakespeare"
September 2016

Mark J. Mannis, MD FACS
Fosse Endowed Chair in Vision Science Research; Professor and Chair, Dep't. of Ophthalmology & Vision Science University of California-Davis Eye Center;
Medical Director, Sierra Donor Services


51st Historia Medica

"Goat Gland Messiah: The Bizarre Rise and Spectacular Fall of Dr. John R. Brinkley"
April 2016

L. Lewis, Wall, MD, DPhil
Selina Okin Kim Conner Professor in Arts and Sciences for Medical Anthropology; Professor, Sociocultural Anthropology; Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Washington University in St. Louis


50th Historia Medica

"Poison Trials: Testing Antidotes in Early Modern Europe"
March 2016

Alisha Rankin, PhD
Associate Professor of History
Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts


49th Historia Medica

"The History of Thoracic Surgery at Washington University"
January 2016

Marc Moon, MD
John M. Shoenberg Chair in Cardiovascular Disease; Chief, Cardiac Surgery; Director, Center for Diseases of the Thoracic Aorta; Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency
Washington University School of Medicine


48th Historia Medica

"The Licensing Function of Galenic Anatomical Procedures, Text and Practice"
November 2015

Luis A. Salas, PhD
Assistant Professor of Classics
Washington University in St. Louis


47th Historia Medica

"Harriet, Hirrel, Jessie - and a Few Surprises: The Earliest Women at Washington University School of Medicine"
October 2015

Candace O'Connor, MA
Independent Scholar
St. Louis


46th Historia Medica

"Medical Ethics and Frankenstein's Monster"
September 2015

Ira J. Kodner, MD
Emeritus Professor of Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine


45th Historia Medica

"Heart to Heart: The Life and Letters of Dr. Giancarlo Rastelli, Pioneer of Cardiothoracic Surgery"
March 2015

Antonella Rastelli, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Oncology Division - Breast Oncology Section
Washington University School of Medicine


44th Historia Medica

"Urban Health and the History of Public Hospitals in the US"
March 2015

Will Ross, MD
Associate Dean for Diversity; Professor of Medicine - Renal Division
Washington University School of Medicine


43rd Historia Medica

"The Isolated Pancreatic Islet as Micro-Organ and its Transplantation to Cure Diabetes: Celebrating the Legacy of Paul Lacy"
February 2015

Stanley Misler, MD, PhD
Departments of Internal Medicine; Cell Biology/Physiology; and Biomedical Engineering
Washington University School of Medicine


42nd Historia Medica

"Nerve Transfers: A 19th Century Idea Revolutionizes 21st Century Care of Nerve Injury"
December 2014

Susan E. Mackinnon, MD
Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine


41st Historia Medica / Booksigning

"Residency Training in the United States: Past, Present, Future"
November 2014

Kenneth M. Ludmerer, MD
Professor, Departments of History and Medicine; The Mabel Dorn Reeder Distinguished Professor in the History of Medicine
Washington University of Medicine


40th Historia Medica/4th Annual Bohigian Lectureship

"Vision and History: Looking Through an Artist's Eyes"
October 2014

Michael Marmor, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology
Stanford School of Medicine


39th Historia Medica

"Biology of Elimination: Eugenics and the Consequences of Genocentrism, 1900-1945"
September 2014

Garland E. Allen, PhD
Professor of Biology
Washington University in St. Louis


38th Historia Medica

"Paul A. Cibis, MD: A St. Louis Pioneer of Modern Vitreoretinal Surgery"
April 2014
Watch video

Robert M. Feibel, MD
Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Washington University School of Medicine


37th Historia Medica

"Early Blood Transfusion: Science, Society, and Lessons from the Past for the Medical Future"
March 2014
Watch video

Holly Tucker, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Health & Society and Professor of French Studies at Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN


36th Historia Medica

"Cultural Meanings of the Dwarf Body"
February 2014

Sara van den Berg, PhD
Professor, Department of English
Saint Louis University


35th Historia Medica

"Race, Medicine, Authorship and the 'Discovery' of Sickle Cell Disease, 1910-1911"
January 2014
Watch video

Todd L. Savitt, Ph.D.
Professor; Assistant Dean for Diversity
The Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, NC


34th Historia Medica

"Unraveling the Mysteries of Human Sexuality: The Masters and Johnson Story"
November 2013
Watch video

Robert C. Kolodny, MD
Medical Director and Board Chairman of the Behavioral Medicine Institute
Norwalk, CT


33rd Historia Medica

"Bram Stoker's Brother, the Brain Surgeon"
October 2013
Watch video

Anne Stiles, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of English
Saint Louis University


32nd Historia Medica / Bohigian Lectureship

"Eye Diseases of Famous Artists"
October 2013
Watch video

James Ravin, MD, MS
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
University of Toledo College of Medicine


31st Historia Medica / William M. and Pudge Landau Lectureship

"Insights and Impulse"
September 2013

Alan J. McComas, MD
Professor Emeritus, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine
McMaster University, West Hamilton, Ontario Canada


30th Historia Medica

"Biomedical Information: Past, Present, and Future"
April 2013
Watch video

Mark E. Frisse, MD, MBA, MSc
Accenture Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt Center for Better Health
Nashville, TN


29th Historia Medica

"McGill Medicine: 1929-1996"
April 2013
Watch video

Joseph K. Hanaway, MD


28th Historia Medica

"A Cynic Admires an Eccentric: Mark Twain and Washington University's Dr. Joseph McDowell"
March 2013
Watch video

Kenneth Winn, PhD
Director of Library and Public Services for the Missouri Supreme Court


27th Historia Medica

"On the History and Relocation of the National Museum of Health and Medicine"
January 2013

Adrianne Noe, PhD
Director of the National Museum of Health and Medicine
Silver Spring, MD


26th Historia Medica

"An Ever-Widening Sphere: Dr. Martha Eliot's Career from St. Louis Children's Hospital to the New Deal and the Second World War"
December 2012
Watch video

Marion Hunt, PhD


25th Historia Medica

"A New Perspective on the Death of Meriwether Lewis"
November 2012
Watch video

Thomas C. Danisi


24th Historia Medica

"Simon Pollak and Ophthalmology in St. Louis During the Civil War"
April 2012

Robert M. Feibel, MD
Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Washington University School of Medicine


23rd Historia Medica

"Developing Academic Neurosurgery Leadership: The Legacy of Ernest Sachs and Henry Schwartz"
February 2012
Watch video

Robert L. Grubb Jr., MD
Professor Emeritus, Neurological Surgery and Radiology
Washington University School of Medicine


22nd Historia Medica

"The Lessons I Learned in Mengele's Lab"
September 2011
Watch video

Eva Mozes Kor
Holocaust Survivor
Terre Haute, IN


21st Historia Medica

"AIDS before AIDS in St. Louis: If the Shoe Fits - A Retrospective Discovery"
March 2011

Memory Elvin-Lewis, PhD, DSc
Professor of Biomedicine, Microbiology and Ethnobotany
Washington University in St. Louis


20th Historia Medica

"Small Computers in Biomedical Research: The Developers and Their Machines, Ancestors and Progeny"
January 2011
Watch video

Jerome R. Cox Jr.
Senior Professor in Computer Science
Washington University in St. Louis


19th Historia Medica

"Transforming Medical Education: Pritchett, Flexner and Brookings"
November 2010
Watch video

Candace O'Connor


18th Historia Medica

"Diagnosing Sex: The Theories and Contributions of Paracelsus (1493-1541) to Pharmacological Medicine"
April 2010

Amy Eisen Cislo, PhD
Lecturer; Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Washington University in St. Louis


17th Historia Medica

"Political Change, Personal Stories: 1849-2009 - Changing the Face of Medicine"
August 2009

Ellen S. More, PhD
Head, Office of Medical History and Archives; Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Massachusetts Medical School


16th Historia Medica

"Atoms for Peace and Health: The Consequences of the Manhattan Project for Biology and Medicine"
June 2009

Angela N.H. Creager


15th Historia Medica

"Anatomy Lessons: Reading the Body in Emily Dickinson's Poetry"
November 2008

Barbara Baumgartner, PhD
Lecturer; Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Washington University in St. Louis


14th Historia Medica

"Realdo Colombo and Michelangelo: Anatomy Lessons from Renaissance Rome"
April 2008

Caroline Hillard, PhD


13th Historia Medica

"Theatrum Corporis: Pope Benedict XIV's Wax Museum of Human Anatomy"
November 2007

Rebecca Messbarger, PhD
Professor of Italian, History and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Washington University in St. Louis


12th Historia Medica

"Seeing Ideas: Insights from Interplay Between Artists, Physicians & Scientists"
April 2007

Thomas A. Woolsey, MD
Professor of Experimental Neurological Surgery, of Experimental Neurology, of Anatomy and Neurobiology, of Cell Biology and Physiology, and of Biomedical Engineering
Washington University School of Medicine


11th Historia Medica

"Did J. Marion Sims Deliberately Addict His First Fistula Patients to Opium?
November 2006

Lewis L. Wall, MD, PhD


10th Historia Medica

"Eighteenth Century Perspectives on Language, Mind and Brain from the Writings of Jonathan Swift"
April 2006

Marjorie Lorch, PhD


9th Historia Medica

"Civil War Pharmacy"
November 2005

Michael A. Flannery


8th Historia Medica

"Benjamin Franklin: Pioneer of Medical Electricity"
April 2005

Stanley Finger, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Washington University in St. Louis


7th Historia Medica

"Nobelists and the Neurosciences at Washington University, 1918-1944"
November 2004

Robert Frank Jr., PhD


6th Historia Medica

"Bad Airs, Good Waters, and Healthy Places: Health and Environment in the Nineteenth Century West"
March 2004

Conevery Bolton Valencius, PhD


5th Historia Medica

"From Cultism to CAM: The Rise of Alternative Medicine"
October 2003

James Whorton, PhD


4th Historia Medica

"Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones: Opiates, Pain, and Professional Medicine in the Middle Ages"
April 2003

Walton O. Schalick III, MD, PhD


3rd Historia Medica

"Artificial Hearts: Technology and Organ Replacement in Twentieth Century Medicine"
October 2002

Shelley McKellar, PhD


2nd Historia Medica

"The American Medical Student: A History"
March 2002

Kenneth Ludmerer, MD, PhD
Professor of History, and Medicine
Washington University in St. Louis


1st Historia Medica

"Human Experimentation in Twentieth Century American Medicine"
October 2001

Jonathon Erlen, PhD.