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.

Past Lectures

69th Historia Medica

"Are Infectious Diseases Confined to History?"
April 2019

William Powderly, MD
J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine

68th Historia Medica

"Why are Vaccines so Controversial?"
March 2019

Gregory Storch, MD
Ruth L. Siteman Professor of Pediatrics
Washington University School of Medicine

67th Historia Medica

Panel Discussion: "STDs Across Time and Space: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives"
February 2019
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Shanti Parikh, Rachel Presti, Bradley Stoner
Washington University Faculty
Washington University in St. Louis

70th Historia Medica

"A Benevolent Purpose: Celebrating 140 Years of St. Louis Children's Hospital
January 2019

Stephen Logsdon
Becker Library Head Archivist
Archives and Rare Books, Washington University School of Medicine

66th Historia Medica

"Avoid Crowds as Much as Possible: Stories from the 1918 Spanish Flu Epidemic in St. Louis"
January 2019

Christopher Alan Gordon, MA
Director, Library and Collections
Missouri Historical Society

65th Historia Medica

"Five Hundred Years of Plague in Ottoman History: Rethinking the Second Pandemic"
November 2018

Nukhet Varlik, PhD
Rutgers University - Newark, NJ

64th Historia Medica

"'I thought my eyes would never see such horror': Health Care Providers and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918"
October 2018

Nancy Bristow, PhD
Professor of History
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

63rd Historia Medica

"Easing the Distressed Mind: Robert Burton and The Anatomy of Melancholy"
April 2018

Jonathan Sawday, PhD
Walter J. Ong, S.J., Chair in the Humanities
Saint Louis University

62nd Historia Medica

"Nature and the Nazi Diet"
March 2018

Corinna Treitel, PhD
Associate Professor of History
Washington University in St. Louis

61st Historia Medica

"And We Won't Come Back 'Till It's Over, Over There" Base Hospital 21: Washington University Medical Center's Response to the First World War
February 2018
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Philip Skroska, MLitt, CA
Archivist, Visual and Graphic Archives
Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine

60th Historia Medica

"Fuller Albright - Pioneer in the Field of Endocrinology"
January 2018

Lewis R. Chase, MD
Professor of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital

59th Historia Medica

"History of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes Hospital, 1910-1992"
November 2017

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

58th Historia Medica

"What We Talk About When We Talk About PTSD"
October 2017
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David J. Morris, MA, MFA
Assistant Professor
University of Nevada - Las Vegas

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

32nd Historia Medica / Bohigian Lectureship

"Eye Diseases of Famous Artists"
October 2013
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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
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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
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Joseph K. Hanaway, MD

28th Historia Medica

"A Cynic Admires an Eccentric: Mark Twain and Washington University's Dr. Joseph McDowell"
March 2013
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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
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Marion Hunt, PhD

25th Historia Medica

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