Journal of the Boston University School of Medicine Historical Society

The Journal of the BUSM Historical Society is accepting submission for next fall’s issue. The deaths of George Floyd, Brianna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and countless others at the hands of law enforcement have sparked a national movement against racism and white supremacy. The toxic seeds planted at this country’s inception 400+ years ago sparked a cascade of racist ideas and policies that permeate almost every U.S. institution today; medicine is no exception.

While the journal has traditionally been broad in scope, the Historical Society is dedicating this year’s edition of Aceso to Racism in Medicine. Our goal is to educate the BU community on how racist policies and ideas have shaped modern medical practice. We see this institutional self-reflection as a foundational step toward crafting effective and well-informed antiracist policies at the medical campus. Submissions to this year’s edition should relate to themes of Racism in Medicine, including the intersection of COVID-19 and race. Topics within these themes may include:

  • Medicine in Antiquity
  • History of Medicine, Public Health, and related fields
  • History of Medical Education
  • History of BUSM, BMC, and Boston City Hospital
  • History of Medicine in Boston and in Massachusetts
  • Biographical Essays
  • Ethics/Editorials
  • General Medical History
  • Book Reviews

If you would like to write an article, please contact us at  We suggest a length or 2000-3000 words, but can be flexible.  Deadline for submissions is November, 2020.

Want to write but don’t have a topic? Contact us and we can send you a few ideas.

We look forward to reading your submissions!


Tyler Ryan, Alex Ruditsky, Griffin Bleeker
ASCEO Magazine

Aceso Fall 2019 Cover Photo

All Issues (Click on the covers to open PDF file)

Aceso Fall 2012 Cover

Aceso Spring 2014 Cover
Volume I, Fall 2012 Volume II, Spring 2014

Aceso Spring 2015 Cover

Aceso Spring 2016 Cover
Volume III, Fall 2015 Volume IV, Fall 2016
Aceso Fall 2012 Cover ACESO 2018:19 black border
Volume V, Fall 2017 Volume VI, Fall 2018



The journal is named for a Greek goddess, the daughter of Asclepius and sister of Panacea. Her name comes from the Greek word akéomai, which means “to heal.” She represented the act of the healing process itself. Unlike Panacea, she represented medicine from the patient’s side, a process that involved both the sick and the physician. Rather than a magic cure or fix, Aceso was more involved in overall care and a realization that healthcare took time (as opposed to Panacea, the magic cure).

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