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Oct. 17, 2017: 42nd Annual Joseph Garland Lecture “Measuring Value in Healthcare”

By , August 25, 2017

The Boston Medical Library presents:

Measuring Value in Healthcare

42nd Annual Garland Lecture

Peter J. Neumann, Sc.D.: Director of the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies, Tufts Medical Center & Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine


Join us for Dr. Peter J. Neumann’s talk on the promises and pitfalls of using formal cost-effectiveness analysis to help the United States achieve better value for its health spending. Dr. Neumann, founder and director of the Cost-Effectiveness Registry, focuses his investigations on the use of comparative effectiveness research and cost-effectiveness analysis in health care decision making.


shutterstock_129463487Tuesday, October 17, 2017

5:30 PM

Amphitheater, Armenise Building
Harvard Medical School
210 Longwood Avenue, Boston MA 02115

To register, please contact the Boston Medical Library at or 617-432-5169.

November 3: 41st Annual Joseph Garland Lecture “Less Medicine More Health”

By , September 13, 2016

The Boston Medical Library presents:

Less Medicine, More Health

41st Annual Garland Lecture

H. Gilbert Welch, M.D., M.Ph.: Professor of Medicine, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Research



Dr. H. Gilbert Welch brings a needed perspective to medical care. It’s not to deny that some people get too little medical care, rather that the conventional concern about “too little” needs to be balanced with a concern about “too much”: too many people being made to worry about diseases they don’t have—and are at only average risk to get; too many people being tested and exposed to the harmful effects of the testing process; too many people being subjected to treatments they don’t need—or can’t benefit from.

The American public has been sold the idea that seeking medical care is one of the most important steps to maintain wellness. Surprisingly, medical care is not, in fact, well correlated with good health. So more medicine does not equal more health; in reality the opposite may be true.

The general public harbors assumptions about medical care that encourage overuse, assumptions such as it’s always better to fix the problem, sooner (or newer) is always better, or it never hurts to get more information.

For the past two decades, Dr. Welch’s research has focused on the problems created by medicine’s efforts to detect disease early: physicians test too often, treat too aggressively and tell too many people that they are sick. Much of his work has focused on overdiagnosis in cancer screening: in particular, screening for melanoma, thyroid, lung, breast and prostate cancer. He is the author of the books, Should I be Tested for Cancer? Maybe Not and Here’s Why (UC Press 2004) and more recently, Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health (Beacon Press 2011) and Less Medicine, More Health: 7 Assumptions That Drive Too Much Medical Care (Beacon Press 2015).


November 3, 2016

5:30 PM

Amphitheater, Armenise Building
Harvard Medical School
210 Longwood Avenue, Boston MA 02115

To register, please contact the Boston Medical Library at or 617-432-4807.

October 29: 40th Annual Joseph Garland Lecture: “Controversies in Primary Prevention: Aspirin, Estrogen, and Vitamin D”

By , September 28, 2015

The Boston Medical Library presents:

Controversies in Primary Prevention: Aspirin, Estrogen, and Vitamin D

40th Annual Garland Lecture

JoAnn E. Manson, MD, MPH, DrPH: Professor of Medicine and the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women’s Health, Harvard Medical School; Chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine and Co-Director, Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

pill_2Three areas of major clinical controversy in primary prevention are the use of aspirin, estrogen therapy (in postmenopausal women), and vitamin D supplementation. Although conclusive answers to settle these ongoing debates remain elusive, recent evidence has emerged to inform clinical decision-making for each of these issues. Available evidence will be reviewed, with particular emphasis on results from randomized clinical trials. 

JoAnn E. Manson, MD, MPH, DrPH, is Professor of Medicine and the Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School. She is also Chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine and Co-Director, Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Manson is an endocrinologist, epidemiologist, and Principal Investigator of several NIH-funded research studies, including the Women’s Health Initiative Clinical Center In Boston (since study inception); the VITamin D and OmegA-3 TriaL (VITAL); and the cardiovascular component of the Nurses’ Health Study. She is also one of the Principal Investigators of the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study and the COcoa Supplement and Multivitamin Outcomes Study (COSMOS). Her primary research interests include randomized clinical prevention trials; effects of endogenous and exogenous estrogen on cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases; the role of lifestyle and nutritional factors, including vitamin D and omega-3s, in the prevention of chronic diseases; effects of moderate-intensity versus vigorous exercise; the benefits and risks of aspirin; and the role of biochemical and genetic factors in predicting chronic disease risk. Dr. Manson has received numerous honors, including the Woman in Science Award from the American Medical Women’s Association, the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Population Research Prize, the AHA’s Distinguished Scientist Award, election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (National Academy of Medicine), membership in the Association of American Physicians (AAP) ,and the 2013 Bernadine Healy Award for Visionary Leadership in Women’s Health. She served as the 2011-2012 President of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). She has published more than 800 articles and is the author or editor of several books. She was also one of the physicians featured in the National Library of Medicine’s exhibition, History of American Women Physicians.


October 29, 2015
5:30 PM

(D) Amphitheater, Armenise Building
Harvard Medical School
210 Longwood Avenue, Boston MA 02115

This event is free and open to the public.
Registration is required.
To register, click here.

Please contact Kim Ripley at or 617-432-4807 with any questions.

38th Annual Joseph Garland Lecture, October 23, 2013: “Adventures at the Intersection of Medical Journalism & Public Health” with Lawrence K. Altman, M.D.

By , September 19, 2013



“Adventures at the Intersection of Medical Journalism & Public Health”

 Lawrence K. Altman, M.D.
Medical Journalist/Columnist, The New York Times
Clinical Professor of Medicine, New York University

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Carl Walter Amphitheatre
Tosteson Medical Education Center
Harvard Medical School
260 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA


Sponsored by the Boston Medical Library in the Countway Library of Medicine

Attendance is free. Registration is required.
Contact Roz Vogel: or 617-432-4807

Dr. Altman has been a member of The New York Times science news staff since 1969. In addition to reporting, he writes “The Doctor’s World” column in Science Times. Dr. Altman currently is a senior fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where he was the advertising manager and treasurer of The Lampoon magazine, and received his medical degree from Tufts University of School of Medicine.

October 11th: “Writing a History of Cancer” with Siddhartha Mukherjee

By , September 20, 2012

Garland lecture flyerPlease join us for the 37th Annual Joseph Garland Lecture:

Writing a History of Cancer: An epilogue

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 5:30 pm
Armenise Amphitheatre, Armenise Building
200 Longwood Ave. Boston, MA

Speaker: Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University and an oncologist at the Columbia University Medical Center. After studying immunology at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, he received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He did an oncology fellowship at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and was an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. His scientific work addresses the links between normal stem cells and cancer cells.

Dr. Mukherjee is the author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.

Please RSVP to Roz Vogel at 617-432-4807 or

This lecture is sponsored by the Boston Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine

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