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Dr. Lynn Eckhert to receive Alma Dea Morani Award, Oct. 18th

By , October 4, 2012

Lynn EckhertPlease join us for the 13th annual Alma Dea Morani, M.D. Renaissance Woman Award Presentation:

Honoring N. Lynn Eckhert, MD, MPH, DrPH

Thursday, October 18th 2012, 4:00 pm
Countway Library of Medicine, Atrium on Floor L1
RSVP online

Dr. N. Lynn Eckhert is currently serving as Interim Dean of the Lebanese American University  in Beirut and Director of Academic Programs at Partners Healthcare International  in Boston. Dr. Eckhert is Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, Professor in the Graduate School of Nursing and Adjunct Professor in Public Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a Senior Lecturer in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. More

Dr. Eckhert ‘s presentation will highlight the story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.  Upon learning of the extraordinary life of Dr. Blackwell, she undertook the task of sharing this life with others. She went on to write “A Lady Alone,” a one woman play about the life of Dr. Blackwell.

The Alma Dea Morani Award is presented by the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine; this program is hosted by the Archives for Women in Medicine.

Dissolving Boundaries Event Video Available

By , February 25, 2011

Dr. Frederick John Stare, "March of Medicine" telecast, 1953. From the Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.

A lecture and discussion to celebrate the Foundations in Public Health Policy project was held on February 7, 2011 at the Countway Library, 10 Shattuck St., Boston.  “Dissolving Boundaries: Extending the Reach of Medicine and Public Health” was recorded and can be streamed online by clicking the link above.


Allan Brandt, Ph.D., Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Professor of the History of Science; Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine

Julio Frenk, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty, Harvard School of Public Health; T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School

Jeffrey S. Flier, M.D., Dean of the Faculty, Harvard Medical School; Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine

with introductory remarks by Scott H. Podolsky, Director of the Center for the History of Medicine.

February 9: Deadly medicine in the Nazi era: What turned physician healers into killers?

By , February 2, 2011

In Nazi Germany, the medical profession justified the killing of millions of “undesirable” individuals through appeals to racist ideology and eugenics. Healers and caretakers became killers, and medical research devolved into inhumane and unethical experimentation.

Please join us for an engaging discussion as we explore how German physicians became involved in the criminal actions of the Nazi regime and how international reaction to their involvement has profoundly affected medical ethics today.

Featured Speakers:

Patricia Heberer, Historian
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Matthew Wynia, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Institute for Ethics
American Medical Association

A cooperative effort between the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the American Medical Association, this program is free and open to the public, and you are encouraged to bring guests.

Reservations are requested; register online at

Visit the travelling exhibit, “Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race,” at the Countway Library, April 14 – July 17, 2011. A traveling exhibit of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, “Deadly Medicine” provokes reflection on the continuing attraction of biological utopias that promote the possibility of human perfection. From the early twentieth-century international eugenics movements to present-day dreams of eliminating inherited disabilities through genetic manipulation, the issues remain timely.To make reservations for group visits, contact

Soma Weiss, M.D. 1899–1942 Event

By , March 4, 2010

Brigham And Women’s Hospital Archives Lecture Series
BWH Historical Perspective

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Archives Lecture on hospital history was held at the Shaprio Center on February 22. Eugene Braunwald, M.D. and Peter Tishler, M.D.  spoke to a packed audience about the life and career of Soma Weiss (1899–1942).

In 1939, Dr. Weiss was appointed the second Physician-in-chief of Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (PBBH) and concurrently appointed Hersey Professor of the Theory and Practice of Physic, (an appointment currently held by Dr. Braunwald) at Harvard Medical School. By the time of his unexpected death at the age of 43, he had become a renowned and influential Professor of Medicine and a prolific medical researcher. He produced more that two hundred publications in the fields of pathological physiology of cardiovascular disease and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics. Dr. Braunwald spoke about some of the pioneering research that Dr. Weiss conducted and surprised the audience with the fact that Dr. Weiss was one of the first people to ever publish statistics as a result of his clinical research. Dr. Tishler explored the life of Soma Weiss—his early days as a brilliant student and later his time as a beloved teacher whose inspiring and intellectually challenging methods influenced many young doctors, his kindness and skill as a physician helping the sick, and his untimely death from a brain aneurysm at the age of 43. Dr. Weiss’ son attended the event and shared some recollections of his father’s life at home.

During his tenure as Physician-in-chief of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Dr. Weiss’ wrote Routine Practices. Medical Service of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, a small volume about the organization of the medical clinic and some of its practices, intended for residents and interns, that is still influential today. The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Archives has digitized Routine Practices. You can read at online via the Harvard Hollis catalog or by following this link:

Holmes Bicentennial Event Videos Online

By , February 23, 2010

The Oliver Wendell Holmes Bicentennial Symposium was held on November 17, 2009, at the Countway Library, 10 Shattuck St., Boston.  The symposium was recorded and can be streamed online here:

Stream Part 1
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  • Charles S. Bryan: “The Greatest Brahmin: Overview of a Life”
  • Peter Gibian: “Doctor Holmes: The Life in Conversation”
  • Michael A. Weinstein: “Oliver Wendell Holmes’s Depth Psychology: A Reconstruction”
  • John S. Haller, Jr.: “Oliver Wendell Holmes and the Challenge of Homeopathy: A Reappraisal”
  • Amalie M. Kass: “A Private Pestilence: Holmes and Puerperal Fever”
  • Charles E. Rosenberg: “Oliver Wendell Holmes and the Social Logic of Medical Therapeutics”
  • And introductory remarks by Scott H. Podolsky, Director of the Center for the History of Medicine.

“Sectarian (to Unorthodox to Alternative) to Complementary Medicine: What Historical Perspectives Can Tell Modern Medicine”

On March 26, 2008, the Center for the History of Medicine hosted an afternoon symposium on historical perspectives on “unorthodox” medicine and the ongoing evolution of integrative medicine. Continue reading '“Sectarian (to Unorthodox to Alternative) to Complementary Medicine: What Historical Perspectives Can Tell Modern Medicine”'»

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