Sunday, April 24, 2022

Save the Date(s)!

The academic year kicks off on Tuesday, September 20 with a history of public health lecture

Save November 1 for the Annual Sylvan Stool lecture

January 24 will feature a local Pittsburgh lecturer and the Business Meeting

Dr. Jaipreet Virdi's talks on her book _Hearing Happiness_ have been rescheduled for February 21

Hold April 4 for the Annual Ravitch lecture, at which we anticipate a special guest

The Renaissance-style images inspired by Hieronymus Bosch are by Dutch illustrator Madeleine Kuijper; it won a Wellcome Images Award in 2017.

Monday, March 28, 2022

The Making of an Anesthesiologist

Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 6-7:15pm Eastern
~ Annual Ravitch Lecture ~
"Journey to Medicine"
William Simmons, MD

Associate Professor and Diversity Director for Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Simmons will describe his history-making life and career, from being the first in his family to attend college to excelling as one of the few Black physicians in his chosen fields of pediatrics and anesthesiology to giving back as a community leader in Pittsburgh. Here is the recording.

Image: Early inhaler for ether anaesthesia, London, England, 1847-1. Science Museum, London. Wellcome Images (CC BY 4.0)

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Defining and Treating Heart Disease: A History

Dr. Arnold Meshkov, a Philadelphia-area cardiologist who has published a book on the history of the science and technology around myocardial infarction (heart attack) was the featured speaker in February.

His University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine Grand Rounds talk is entitled "Catheterization of the Heart: From Self-Experimentation to Angioplasty." It will take place from 12-1pm on Tuesday, February 22, on Teams. Please reach out to the Department of Medicine if you would like to attend.

His C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society talk entitled "The Cholesterol Odyssey: Russian Rabbits to mRNA technology" took place from 6-7:15pm the same evening, Tuesday, February 22. You can watch the recorded lecture here.

To learn more about his book, Chasing the Widowmaker: The History of the Heart Attack Epidemic (2021), click the title.

Do you need disability accommodations to participate? Please email us at least 1 week in advance so that we can do our best to arrange for an ASL interpreter, screen captions, visual description, a transcript, etc.

Professor Jaipreet Virdi has had to postpone her lectures and book discussion on deafness cures in the history of medicine that were scheduled for February 2022. We look forward to welcoming her, perhaps in person, in February 2023. You can register to attend those events when the new times are announced closer to the date.

Saturday, January 29, 2022

What is the Sound of Happiness? POSTPONED

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
6-7:15pm Eastern Time (US and Canada) CANCELLED

"Negotiating Normalcy: Deafness Cures in American History"
Jaipreet Virdi, PhD (History, University of Delaware)

This lecture is based on Dr. Virdi's recent book Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History (University of Chicago, 2020), in which she combines historical research with personal memoir. She is a specialist in the history of medicine, disability studies, and the history of technologies such as hearing aids.

Dr. Viridi will give the annual Reynolds Society Grand Rounds for the University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine at noon on the same day; contact the University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine if you are interested in joining that talk via Teams.

At 4pm on Tuesday, Dr. Virdi will join the University of Pittsburgh Science, Technology, and Society interest group for a book discussion on Zoom. If you would like to participate, please contact the Society at for the link. Plus, we will reimburse you for purchasing the book!

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Revolutionaries in the History of Radiology


Tuesday, January 25, 2022
6-7:15pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Lecture and Business Meeting
"Roentgen and Hounsfield: Two Non-Physicians Who Revolutionized Medicine" 
Richard H. Daffner, MD
(Emeritus in Radiology, AGH)

Join us for a biographical lecture about Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845-1923) and Sir Godfrey Newbold Hounsfield (1919-2004), a German physicist and an English electrical engineer who revolutionized the practice of medicine with x-rays and x-ray computed tomography (aka CT scanning). The speaker is Pittsburgh's pre-eminent historian of radiology, retired radiologist Richard H. Daffner. A brief business meeting to vote on a slate of officers will precede the evening's lecture.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

The Unsung Heroes of the Match

~ Sylvan E. Stool Memorial Lecture ~

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
6-7:15pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Bryan Carmody, MD
Pediatric Nephrology
Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters
Norfolk, Virginia

Dr. Carmody is best known for blogging as "the Sheriff of Sodium," where he has accumulated a wealth of knowledge about structures and trends in medical training. In this lecture he will pull back the curtain on the process of matching medical students into residency positions.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

“He told me ... it would be just like being a virgin again”

"The Love Surgeon: A Story of Trust, Harm, and Stock Assumptions"

Sarah Rodriguez, PhD
Global Health Studies, Northwestern University

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
6-7:15 pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Image credit: Jill Allyn Stafford, Reconstructing Georgia O'Keefe: Mourning (Flickr, 2008)

This lecture was not recorded.

Post title qtn from Montgomery Brower and Giovanna Breu, "James Burt's 'Love Surgery' Was Supported to Boost Pleasure, but Some Patients Say It Brought Pain," People (27 March 1989).