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Stony Brook History of Medicine: Upcoming and Past Speakers

  • 2010s

    November 28
    Nathaniel Comfort
    PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Institute for the History of Medicine
    "From Medical Eugenics to Genomic Medicine: The Relief of Suffering and the Self-Direction of Human Evolution."View details

    October 18
    Lisa Lavine Nagy
    MD, Medical Director: Vineyard Personalized Medicine (Vineyard Haven, MA)
    “What Really Causes Illness?: The role of Environmental Medicine in the Future of Health Care.” View details


    March 29
    George Weisz
    PhD, McGill University
    "Reinventing Chronic Disease in the 20th Century" View details

    March 2
    David S. Jones
    MD, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    "The Rise and Fall of Coronary Revascularization"

    February 15
    Christian Warren
    PhD, Brooklyn College
    "Home Sick: Three Stories from the History of Environmental Health" View details


    December 7
    Amy Fairchild
    PhD, MPH, Columbia University
    "Exodous of Public Health: What History Can Teach Us About the Future" View details

    April 20
    Jeremy Greene
    MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of the History of Science and Instructor in Medicine, Harvard
    "What's in a Name? Generic Drugs and the Persistence of the Brand"View details

    March 9
    Naomi Rogers
    PhD, Associate Professor of History of Medicine and of Women's and Gender Studies, Yale
    "Gender, History, and the Process of Forgetting: The Case of Sister Kenny"View details

    February 18
    Chloe Silverman
    PhD, Assistant Professor in the STS Program, Penn State
    "Parents Speak: Autism and the Ethics of Treatment"View details

  • 2000s

    December 9
    Barron Lerner
    MD, PhD, Columbia University
    "Technology and Truth: The Strange Case of Blood Alcohol Levels."View details

    March 25
    Helen Hughes Evans
    M.D. Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
    "Are you a Doctor or a Lady: Thoughts on How Femininity and Feminism have Changed Medicine"


    Dec 10
    Stephen G. Post
    Director, Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics
    "Anti-Aging as a Medical Goal: It's Historical Roots and Future Implications"

    September 10
    Ira Rezak
    Professor of Clinical Medicine, Stony Brook, N.Y.
    "A Projection of our Image: The Anatomy and Physicology of Medical Medals"

    June 4
    Lee R. Mandel
    MD, MPH, FACP, Captain, Medical Corps, United States Navy
    "Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Navy Medicine's Most Important Patient"

    March 5
    W. Bruce Fye
    MD, Author, Cardiologist and Professor of Medicine and Medical History at the Mayo Clinic Collage of Medicine. Director of the Center for Medical History at the Mayo Clinic
    "William Olser Leaves Hopkins for Oxford: Physician Burnout a Century Ago"


    December 5
    Morton Myers
    MD, Distinguished Professor of Radiology and Internal Medicine at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook
    “Happy Accidents: Serendipity in Modern Medical Breakthroughs”

    September 5
    Robert Bobrow
    MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook
    “Witches in the Waiting Room: Paranormality in Medical Practice”

    June 6
    Jonathon Erlen
    PhD, History of Medicine Librarian, Health Science Library System and Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburg
    “Changes in the Doctor-Patient Relationship in the United Status: The Fall from the Golden Age”

    March 14
    Jock Murray
    MD, Professor of Neurology and Professor Emeritus of Medical Humanities, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
    “Utopian Health Care: How Canada and the USA Took Different Directions”


    December 7
    John Parascandola
    PhD, Former Public Health Service (PHS) Historian in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), former Chief of the National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Division
    “Quarantine at Carville: Confinement of Leprosy Patients in America”

    June 7
    James H. Jones
    PhD, Former Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Houston, Professor of History, University of Arkansas; author of Kinsey: A Public/Private Life and Bad Blood: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
    “The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment: A Tragedy of Race and Medicine”

    March 9
    Barry S. Coller
    M.D. Physician-in-Chief of the Rockefeller University David Rockefeller Professor, Head, Laboratory of Blood and Vascular Biology, The Rockefeller University
    “A Brief History of the Seven Scientific Revolutions in Medicine: Beyond Translational Research and the Three-Legged Stool”


    December 8
    Joseph J. Fins
    MD, FACP Division of Medical Ethics, Departments of Public Health and Medicine,
    Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University
    “From Psychosurgery to Neuromodulation: Historical and Ethical Considerations”

    September 14
    Alan Kraut
    PhD, Professor of History, American University
    “Washington, D.C. Poverty’s Plague: Paul Goldberger, Pellegra and the Public’s Health”

    June 1
    Ronald Elmer Batt
    MD, Professor of Clinical Gynecology, University of Buffalo, SUNY
    “The Odyssey of an Amateur Medical Historian: A Career on the Border”

    March 9,
    Walton Schalick
    MD PhD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Washington University, St. Louis
    “Medical Professionalism”


    December 1
    Todd Savitt
    PhD, Department of Medical Humanities, East Carolina University School of Medicine
    “Entering a “White” Profession: Black Physicians at the Dawn of the Era of Segregation, 1880-1920”

    September 8
    Ira Rezak
    MD, Professor, Department of Medicine, Stony Brook University
    “Medicine, Medals and Modernity: Continuity and Change in the 19th and 20th Century France”

    June 2
    Stanley M. Aronson
    MD, MPH University Professor of Medical Science, Brown University School of Medicine
    “Tay-Sachs Disease: Why a Lethal, Recessive Disorder has Persisted through the Centuries”

    March 3
    Margaret Humphreys
    M.D., Ph.D., Josiah Charles Trent Associate Professor of Medical Humanities Department of History & Department of Medicine, Duke University
    “Infection and Putrefaction during the American Civil War”


    December 3
    Arthur Aufses
    M.D., Professor of Surgery and Health Policy, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    “Surgery at Mount Sinai: A 150-Year Chronicle”

    September 3
    Christian Warren
    PhD, Historian for the New York Academy of Medicine
    “Canaries and Magpies: The Changing Image of the Lead-Poisoned Child in America,1900-2003”

    June 11
    Sandra M. Sufian
    PhD.,M.P.H., Department of Medical Education, University of Illinois-Chicago School of Medicine
    “Mapping the Marsh: Scientific Exchange and Malaria Eradication in Mandate Palestine, 1920-1947”

    March 26
    Barron Lerner
    M.D., Ph.D., Angelica Berrie-Gold Foundation Associate Professor of Medicine, Columbia University and author of The Breast Cancer Wars
    ”Choices Hidden, Choices Revealed: Breast Cancer and Informed Consent, 1945-1970”


    December 11
    Christopher Sellers
    PhD Associate Professor of History, Director of Graduate Studies in the History Department, SUNY Stony Brook
    “Worrying About the Water: The Global and the Natural in the Checkered History of Fluoridation”

    September 11
    Edward T. Morman
    MSLS, PhD, College Librarian and Director of the Francis C. Wood Institute for the History of Medicine College of Physicians of Philadelphia
    “The Future of Medical History in the U.S.”

    June 12
    Maggie Chalson
    MD, Pediatric Resident Department of Pediatrics Mt. Sinai Hospital
    “How the Physician got its Coat: The Evolution of the Medical Costume”

    March 12
    Joel Howell
    MD, Professor of Internal Medicine, of HealthManagement and Policy, and of History, University of Michigan
    “Machines and Medicine: The Transformation of Health Care”


    December 12
    Michael Nevins
    MD, Vice-President of Medical Affairs and Director of Geriatrics atBergen ( New Jersey) Medical Center
    “Medical Menschen: A Paradigm for Our Times”

    June 13
    James Goodrich
    M.D., Professor of Nerurosurgery, The Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    "Following the Travails of Andreas Vesalius--Contributions to the Development of Surgical Anatomy and Art:The Evolution of my Viewpoint from Medical Student to Professor”

    March 14
    Steven J. Peitzman
    M.D., Professor of Medicine and University Historian, Allegheny University of the Health Sciences
    “A Persisting Craft: Why Doctors in 2001 Still Do Physical Examination”


    December 13
    Krishna R. Dronamraju
    M.D., President, Foundation for Genetic Research, Houston
    “The Life and Work of J.B.S. Haldane, with Special Reference to Genetics”

    September 6
    Albert Altchek
    MD, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and ofReproductive Sciences Mount Sinai Hospital, New York
    “Ancient Caesarian Sections: The Birth of Rustam and its Modern Equivalent”

    June 7
    Gerald Oppenheimer
    PhD, Professor of History Dept of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College (CUNY), Associate Professor of Clinical Public Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
    “AIDS Doctors: Voices from the Epidemic. An Oral History”

    March 8
    Howard Markel
    M.D., PhD, Director of the Historical Center for the Health Sciences, Associate Director for Literature and Medicine, Program for Society and Medicine, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Disease, University of Michigan
    “Charles Dickens and his Work to Help Establish the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital of London”

  • 1990s

    December 1
    G. Marks Jacoby
    MD, Medical and Historical Generalist Extraordinary
    “Newfoundland Medicine: 1948”

    September 8
    Charles A. Morgan III
    M.D., M.A., Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Research Affiliate, History of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine
    “Captured on Film: The Appropriation of Combat Fatigue in American Feature and Documentary Films”

    June 2
    Burton Pollack
    DDS, JD, MPH, School of Dental Medicine, State University of New York, Stony Brook
    “The History of Water Fluoridation: A Public Health Detective Story”

    March 10
    Jacalyn Duffin
    M.D., PhD, Department of History of Medicine, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
    “Laennec, his Stethoscope, and the Meaning of Life”


    December 2
    Bert Hansen
    PhD, Department of History, Baruch College, City University of New York
    “Popular Images of Medical Breakthroughs in the American Press 1870-1900”

    September 9
    Arthur Grollman
    MD, Chair, Department of Pharmacological Sciences, Associate Dean for Scientific Affairs, SUNY at Stony Brook
    “Is the History of Medical Therapy the History of the Placebo Response?”

    June 3
    Catherine Belling
    MA, English Department and Division of Medicine in Society, Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine, SUNY
    “Gestating and Aging: Shakespeare's Account of Bodily Change”

    March 4
    Jack Coulehan
    MD, MPH, Division of Medicine in Society, Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine, SUNY
    “Doctor Chekhov: Cold Eye, Warm Heart”


    December 3
    Dr. William Helfand
    Head of the Section on Historical Medicine, New York Academy of Medicine
    “The Doctor Dismissing Death”

    September 10
    Sherwin Nuland
    M.D., Yale Medical School
    “Grave-robbing in the Nineteenth Century”

    June 4
    Evelyn Ackerman
    PhD, Lehman College and the Graduate Center of CUNY
    “The Intellectual Odyssey of a French Colonial Physician: Jules Regnault and Far Eastern Medicine”

    March 5
    Amy Fairchild
    Department of History, Columbia University, NY
    “Loathsome and Dangerous: Immigration Medical Inspection, 1890-1930”


    December 4
    Mary Rawlinson
    PhD, Department of Philosophy, SUNY
    “The Concept of a Feminist Bioethics”

    September 11
    Joel Rosenthal
    PhD, Department of History, SUNY
    “Social Gerontology in Late Medieval England”

    June 5
    Philias Garant
    DMD Dental School, SUNY
    “Voltaire, Medicine and Dentistry”

    March 6
    Nancy Siraisi
    Ph.D., Hunter College, CUNY
    “The Clock in the Mirror: Girolamo Cardano (1501-1576) on Diet"


    Dec 6
    Elof Carlson
    Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “Medicine, the Generacy Theory and the Birth of Eugenics"

    March 1
    Lucretia McClure
    Rochester University
    “Vesalius in the Electronic Age: The Importance of Medical History Today”

    June 7
    Ruth Cowan
    Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “Puzzles and Ironies in the History of Prenatal Diagnosis”

    Sept 6
    Barron Lerner
    M.D., Columbia University
    “Does Stress Cause Tuberculosis? A Historical Debate”


    Dec 7
    Alfred J. Bollet
    M.D., Emeritus Prof., SUNY Downstate
    “Medical Problems of Civil War Troops”

    Sept 8
    John Harley Warner
    Ph.D., Yale University
    “Narrative at the Bedside: The Transformation of the Patient Record in 19th Century America”


    June 1
    John Coulehan
    M.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “Etiquette to Ethics: Is Medical Morality Any Better?”

    March 2
    Robert A. Aronowitz
    Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
    “The Changing Meaning of Angina Pectoris”


    Dec 1
    Mary L. Westermann
    SUNY at Stony Brook
    “Endometriosis: The Disease and Its history”

    Sept 8
    Donald Blaufox
    M.D., Ph.D., The Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    “Radium: Historical Uses and Abuses”

    June 2
    J. Worth Estes
    M.D., Boston University School of Medicine
    “The Medical Skills of Ancient Egypt”

    March 3
    Barbara Bates
    M.A., M.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
    “Two Versions of History: The Case of Tuberculosis”


    Dec 2
    Max Fink
    M.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “Antipsychiatry and Shock Therapy”

    Sept 9
    Robert Zussman
    Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “Intensive Care: Medical Ethics and the Medical Profession”

    June 3
    Susan E. Lederer
    Ph.D., Penn State University College of Medicine
    “Medical Sciences and Anti-Vivisection in 20th Century America”

    March 4
    Marks G. Jacoby
    M.D., B.S., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “The Events Surrounding the Birth of Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1959 and His Birth Injury”


    Dec 4
    Steven Martin
    M.D., The Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    “The Limits of Medicine: A Social History of Chiropractic”

    Sept 4
    Richard Golden
    M.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “Osler's Legacy: The Principles and Practice of Medicine”

    June 5
    John Burnham
    Ph.D., Ohio State University
    “Historical Citation Studies as an Index to the Transmission of Biomedical Knowledge: Surprises, Disappointments and Questions”

    March 6
    Nancy Tomes
    Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “From Tuberculosis to AIDS: Educating the Public About the Dread Disease”


    Dec 5
    David Rosner
    Ph.D., Baruch College, CUNY
    “The Many Masks of Industrial Disease: Silicosis and the Illusion of Medical Certainty”

    Sept 12
    Leon Sokoloff
    M.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “Decline of Discrimination Against Jews in American Medical Schools”

    June 6
    Daniel M. Fox
    Ph.D., and Marcia Meldrum, SUNY at Stony Brook
    “The Mircle of Cortisone”

    March 7
    William C. Summers
    M.D., Yale University
    “The Chinese Nail Murders: Forensic Medicine in Imperial China”

  • 1980s

    Dec 6
    Edward Tenner
    M.D., Princeton University Press
    “The Paradox of Prevention: Thoughts from a Work in Progress on Doctors and Lawyers”

    Sept 13
    John Parascandola
    Ph.D., National Library of Medicine
    “The Search for Magic Bullets: The Historical Development of Chemotherapy”

    June 7
    Paul J. Poppers
    M.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “Anesthesiology--The Developmental History of a Medical Specialty from Quackery to Clinical Science”

    March 1
    Peter D. Olch
    M.D., F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
    “William Stewart Halsted: A Medical Engima”


    Dec 7
    Steven J. Peitzman
    M.D., Medical College of Pennsylvania
    “Thomas Addis (1882-1949): Mixing Patients, Rats, and Politics”

    Sept 7
    Adrien Albert
    Ph.D., Australian National University
    “Ellie Metchnikoff, 1945-1916: Then and Now”

    June 1
    Leon Sokoloff
    M.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “The History of Kashin-Beck Disease”

    March 2
    Rosemary Stevens
    Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
    “Voluntarism as Politics: The American Hospital Since the 1930s”


    Dec 2
    Elof Carlson
    Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “Descent of Onan, Smoke of Auschwitz: A History of the Idea of Unfit People
    American Medicine as Image: Interpreting 20th Century Photographs”

    Sept 9
    David J. Rothman
    Ph.D., Columbia University
    “Human Experimentation in Clinical Research: The Genesis of Henry Beecher's Exposé”

    June 10
    Daniel M. Fox
    Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook

    March 4
    James H. Cassidy
    Ph.D., National Library of Medicine
    “Statistical Enterprise and Medical Leadership 18600-1890”


    Dec 3
    Harry Fritts
    M.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “The Nature of the Human Diaphragm: The Evolution of Three Viewpoints”

    Sept 3
    Gerald Grob
    Ph.D., Rutgers University
    “American Psychiatry: From Institution to Community”

    June 4
    Peter Williams
    PhD., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “The History of Legal Liability”

    March 5
    Lester S. King
    “Journal of the American Medical Association Medicine in the 1840s: Its Lessons for Today”


    Dec 4
    Robert L. Hudson
    M.D., University of Kansas Med. Center
    “The Last Illness of Franklin D. Roosevelt”

    Sept 11
    Seymour Cohen
    Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “Recent Discussions of the Antagonism Between Jacques Loeb and Ernest Everett Just”

    June 5
    Douglas Bacon
    M.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “The Vigilant Few: American Anesthesia in the 1920's and 1930's”

    March 7
    Lewis Thomas
    M.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “L-Forms and Mycoplasms: The History of a Concept"


    Dec 6
    Barbara Gutman Rosenkrantz
    M.D., Harvard University
    “Keeping Score: Health Statistics and Health Professionals Between the Wars”

    Sept 12
    Gert H. Brieger
    M.D., Johns Hopkins University
    “The Flexner Report: Revised or Revisited?”

    June 6
    Kenneth Ludmerer
    M.D., Washington University
    “The Rise of Modern Clinical Teaching in America”

    March 7
    Lawrence Sherman
    M.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “Harvey Cushing and the Discovery of Cushing's Syndrome”


    Dec 7
    Robert Joy
    M.D., University of Health Sciences
    “Yellow Fever: A Problem in Perception”

    Sept 14
    Ira Rezak
    M.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “Medicine and Numismatics: A Non-Literary Tradition of Medical Self-Perception”

    June 8,
    Russell Maulitz
    M.D., University of Pennsylvania
    “Grand Rounds: Pathology and the Clinic in Early 19th entury France”

    March 2
    John C. Partin
    M.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “History of the Development of Understanding Reyes Syndrome”


    Dec 1
    Stanley F. Yolles
    M.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “The Psychological Revolution of 1963 and Sequelae”

    September 8
    Meyer M. Melicow
    M.D., Columbia University
    “Doctors' Avocations”

    June 2
    Rima Apple
    Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “Learning to Care for the Baby: Hospital Nurseries and Mothering”

    March 3
    Saul Benison
    “Rufus Cole and Clinical Investigation”


    December 2
    Genevieve Miller
    Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
    “Henry E. Sigerist and the Social History of Medicine”

    September 14
    Ruth Cowan
    Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “Women and the Production of Health, 1850-1950”

    June 3
    Fred Rosner
    M.D., Queens Hospital Center
    “The Medical Writings of Moses Maimonides”

    March 4
    Paul Cranefield
    M.D., Rockefeller University
    “How Magendie Discovered Bell's Law: A Case of (Almost) Successful Plagiarism”


    December 3
    Helen Lemay
    Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “Human Sexuality in Medieval Medical Writings”

    September 17
    William Ober
    M.D., Hackensack Hospital
    “The Iconography of Leprosy”

    June 4
    Seymour Cohen
    Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “The Emigration of Joseph Priestley and Thomas Cooper to the U.S.”

    March 5
    Regis McFadden
    M.D., Peter Bent Brigham Hospital
    “The History of Asthma”

  • 1970s

    December 5
    Jacques Quen
    M.D., Cornell University
    “Medical History, Science, and Scientism”

    September 12
    Marvin Kuschner
    M.D., Dean, School of Medicine, SUNY at Stony Brook
    “History of Research in Environmental Carcinogens”

    June 6
    Edward C. Atwater
    M.D., University of Rochester
    “Whatever Happened to Dr. Osler? or Some Changes in Clinical Instruction Since 1900”

    March 7
    Nancy Tomes
    Ph.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “The Art of Asylum-Keeping: Thomas Story Kirkbride and the Institutional Origins of American Psychiatry”


    Dec 6
    Charles G. Roland
    M.D., McMaster University
    “Why Osler?”

    Sept 13
    Barry Coller
    M.D., SUNY at Stony Brook
    “The Bias of Ascertainment in Clinical Science as Demonstrated by the History of Hemophilia and Von Willebrandt's Disease: Why We Know What We Know”

    June 14
    Lloyd C. Stevenson
    M.D., Editor, Bulletin of the History of Medicine
    “The Reach of Medical History”