Posts tagged: Howard Hiatt

Howard Hiatt Papers Opened to Research

Howard Hiatt, probably 1972, at the start of his tenure as Dean of Harvard School of Public Health. From the Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.

The Hiatt collection finding aid is now available here.

Howard H. Hiatt (1925-), M.D., 1948, Harvard Medical School, joined the Harvard Medical School faculty in 1955, was the first Herrman L. Blumgart Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Physician-in-Chief at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, from 1963 to 1972, and Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health from 1972 to 1984. From 1988 to 1990, he was the Head of the Center for Policy and Education, Harvard AIDS Institute. Hiatt specialized in oncology and internal medicine, molecular biology, and biochemistry. He was also known for his public speeches and essays on the human consequences of nuclear war. During his tenure as Dean, the Harvard School of Public Health introduced teaching and research focused on molecular and cell biology, initiated programs in health policy and management, and biostatistics. Hiatt also integrated Harvard School of Public Health’s teaching and research programs with those in other Harvard University faculties, in an attempt to encourage cross-disciplinary research to bring together medicine and social science in the curriculum.

Records in the Howard H. Hiatt Papers were created by Hiatt during the course of his career as Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Physician-in-Chief at Beth Israel Hospital from 1941 to 2001. Records in this collection consist of: personal and professional correspondence and subject files from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Hospital, and Harvard School of Public Health departments and offices, including the Office for Diversity, the Department of Health Policy and Management, the Harvard AIDS Institute, the Takemi Program for International Health, the Office of Program Planning, the Harvard School of Public Health Development Office, and the Center for the Analysis of Health Practices; ad-hoc and standing committee records such as the Advisory Committee on Planning, the Affirmative Action Committee, and the Chernin Committee on Outside Professional Activities; notes, book reviews, research files, and draft writings and publications on subjects such as nuclear disarmament, end of life care, and health resource allocation; executive administrative files including curriculum development records, meeting minutes, appointment books, grant proposals and reports; research data, lab notes, and reports from the Brigham and Women’s Medical Intensive Care Unit (Medical Intensive Care Unit) Study and the Harvard Medical Practice Study; speech and lecture files and notes; newspaper articles and magazine clippings; conference and professional organization materials; and a smaller number of photographs and memorabilia.

The preparation of this collection for research access was funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources.

February 7: Public Health Exhibit and Event

By , November 29, 2010

 

(L to R) Drs. Quentin Gaiman, Donald Augustine, and Thomas Weller of the HSPH Department of Tropical Public Health.

Please join us on February 7, 2011 from 4:00-6:00 PM at the Countway Library for a panel discussion with three distinguished leaders in global health and medicine.

Dissolving Boundaries: Extending the Reach of Medicine and Public Health.

The fields of medicine and public health continue to change, confronting issues of ever-greater magnitude, and framed by debates concerning the boundary between organized medicine and public health, national versus global health concerns, and personal versus societal responsibility. Successful efforts to engage such issues are critically dependent upon a historical understanding of their evolution.The event will feature lecture and discussion from

  • 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

An accompanying exhibit, curated by Center staff, will draw from the archival collections of key leaders in American public health from the twentieth century, including Leona Baumgartner, Allan Macy Butler, Philip Drinker, Alice Hamilton, Howard Hiatt, Alexander Langmuir, David Rutstein, Richard Pearson Strong, and James Whittenberger.

RSVP to  contactchom@hms.harvard.edu.

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Howard Hiatt on Web of Stories

By , October 1, 2010

Howard H. Hiatt, Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health from July 1, 1972 to June 30, 1984.

In September of 2006, former Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, Howard Hiatt, told a series of 63 stories (totaling 3 hours and 39 minutes) as part of the “Great Lives” series on the Web of Stories website. Much of the content in the stories speaks directly to the records found in his manuscript collection here at the Center for the History of Medicine: his decision on becoming a doctor, his early medical career, Harvard and the U.S. Army, his time working with the Pasteur Institute, his work against nuclear war, his time as Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, working with Paul farmer and Jim Kim in Partners in Health, as well as stories of his personal life and relationships.

To watch the interviews on Web of Stories, click here.

View the online Finding Aid »

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Coming in February 2010: “Dissolving Boundaries: Extending the Reach of Medicine and Public Health”

By , August 16, 2010

Richard Pearson Strong (third from right) and colleagues on The Harvard African Expedition of 1934. From the Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.

Upcoming exhibit: “Dissolving Boundaries: Extending the Reach of Medicine and Public Health”

The several decades following the end of World War II have been described as a barren era for public health in America, as traditional public health emphases such as acute infectious disease receded, and the nation turned to research-based biomedicine and biotechnology to solve its medical concerns. Yet this era witnessed a striking – and still under-examined – era in public health, as physicians and public health leaders began to grapple with such central issues as the organization and delivery of medical care, maternal and child health, poverty, end of life care, smoking and alcoholism, obesity, and, increasingly, social justice and the assurance of health as a basic human right worldwide.

Today, such fields continue to change, confronting issues of ever-greater magnitude, and framed by debates concerning the boundary between organized medicine and public health, national versus global health concerns, and personal versus societal responsibility. Successful efforts to engage such issues are critically dependent upon a historical understanding of their evolution.

Dissolving Boundaries will draw from the collections of key leaders in American public health from the latter half of the twentieth century Continue reading 'Coming in February 2010: “Dissolving Boundaries: Extending the Reach of Medicine and Public Health”'»

Howard Hiatt Dean’s Records now available

Hiatt (center) surrounded by HSPH alumni in Oslo, Norway. Directly in front of Hiatt is seated Gro Harlem Brundtland, MPH ’65, later Prime Minister of Norway and Director-General of the World Health Organization. From the Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.

Howard H. Hiatt (1925-), MD, 1948, Harvard Medical School, joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School in 1955 and was the first Herrman L. Blumgart Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Physician-in-Chief at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Mass from 1963 to 1972, and Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health from 1972 to 1984. From 1988-1990, he was the Head of the Center for Policy and Education, Harvard AIDS Institute. Dr. Hiatt specialized in oncology and internal medicine, molecular biology, and biochemistry. He was also known for his public speeches and essays on the human consequences of nuclear war. During his tenure as Dean, the Harvard School of Public Health introduced teaching and research focused on molecular and cell biology, initiated programs in health policy and management, and biostatistics. Dr. Hiatt also integrated Harvard School of Public Health’s teaching and research programs with those in other Harvard University Faculties, in an attempt to encourage cross-disciplinary research to bring together medicine and social science in the curriculum. Continue reading 'Howard Hiatt Dean’s Records now available'»

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