Past Events 2018 – 2019


Kenny Huang

20th Joseph C. Cremone Jr. Memorial Lecturer
“Digesting Disease: Maggots in Medicine” Talk
March 7, 2019

The BUSM Historical Society thanks Kenny Huang for a tour of the history of medicinal maggots.

Maggots Talk

Dr. David Jones

A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine – Harvard University
“The History of Randomized Controlled Trials and Surgery” – Talk
February 26, 2019

The BUSM Historical Society and AMA thank Dr. David Jones of Harvard Medical School for his talk on the History of Randomized Controlled Trials and Surgery. Dr. Jones is the author of multiple books with topics ranging from epidemics in American Indians to the history of cardiac surgery and much more.

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“A Doctor’s Visit” – Staged Reading

Director: Anna Bortnick – Medical Hummanities Fellow
Performers: Preston Buter, ’22; Tiffany Chan, ’22; Anna Whitham, ’22; Rebecca Zeng, ’22; Masis Parunyan, ’22; and Tyler Ryan, ’21
February 21, 2019

The Enrichment and Student Affairs Offices at B.U. School of Medicine joined the BUSM Historical Society in presenting “A Doctor’s Visit,” a reading of Anton Chekhov’s short story adapted for the stage. “A Doctor’s Visit,” tells the story of a doctor and his apprentice as they venture outside Moscow to treat the daughter of a wealthy factory owner. Nothing appears to be the matter, until the family convinces them to stay the night. In this modern take on a literary classic, medical students explored and discussed themes of empathy, doctor-patient relationships, and appearance versus reality that are ever present in contemporary medical practice. For more information, click here

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Ether Monument & Dome Tour – Dr. Rafael Ortega

Professor of Anesthesiology, Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology – BUSM/BMC
February 2, 2019

The BUSM Historical Society and Anesthesiology Interest Group thank our very own Dr. Ortega for guiding us on a tour of anesthesia history in Boston. Students met in the public garden to explore the intricacies of the Ether Monument, then visited the Ether Dome at MGH to learn about the crucial role that anesthesia played in the development of modern surgery. Join us next year for another journey through surgical/anesthesia history!

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Harvard Countway Library Tour – Dr. Scott Podolsky

Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine
October 17, 2018

The BUSM Historical Society thanks Dr. Podolsky for guiding us through another exciting tour of Harvard Medical School’s Countway Library! This beautiful library holds wonderful artifacts including the skull of Phineas gage (with the tamping iron that went through it), medical texts from the medieval era, collections of orthopedic traumas from the civil war, and much more. We invite you to join us for next year for our annual tour!

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