Monday, June 15, 2020

2020-2021 Lecture Season

The C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society is pleased to announce its 37th lecture season (2020-2021):


Dr. David CooperSeptember 29, 2020 ~ "The Daring Young Surgeons Who Pioneered Heart Surgery," David Cooper, MD (Xenotransplantation Program/Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham)

This lecture was rescheduled from April 7, 2020, due to COVID-19. We are so thankful that Dr. Cooper can join us, remotely, to kick off the academic year.



November 10, 2020 ~ Sylvan E. Stool Memorial Lecture ~ "TITLE TO BE DETERMINED," Mari Kathryn Webel, PhD (History, University of Pittsburgh)
The Politics of Disease Control: Sleeping Sickness in Eastern ...
We regret being unable to host our annual banquet after this talk due to the pandemic.


Professor Webel is celebrating the release of a new book: The Politics of Disease Control: Sleeping Sickness in Eastern Africa, 1890-1920 (New African Histories Series, Ohio University Press, 2019).

Karen B. Clay


January 26, 2021 ~ "TITLE TO BE DETERMINED," Karen Clay, PhD (Economics and Public Policy, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University)

We will conduct our Annual Business Meeting just before Professor Clay's lecture.





February 23, 2021 ~ "Health Care and the Building of Modern Pittsburgh," Andrew Simpson, PhD (History, Duquesne University)

The Medical Metropolis: Health Care and Economic Transformation in Pittsburgh and HoustonAt noon on the same day, Professor Simpson will deliver Grand Rounds for the University of Pittsburgh Department of Internal Medicine. Information about that talk can be obtained on their website or by joining our mailing list.

Professor Simpson is also celebrating a new book: The Medical Metropolis: Health Care and Economic Transformation in Pittsburgh and Houston (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019).


April 6, 2021 ~ Annual Ravitch Lecture ~ "A Sordid Episode in the History of Medial Ethics: The Gosnell Abortion-Murder Trial," Andrew Herlich, DMD, MD (Emeritus, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh)

Dr. Herlich is the President of the C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society from 2019-2021.


NEW THIS YEAR: Our usual venue, Scaife Hall, is undergoing renovations. Due to physical distancing recommendations, we will host this year's lectures online via Zoom. You do not need a special account or application to join the live stream, which will continue to be free. To find the link, check back on this page, any of our social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook), or become a member to be added to the mailing list. Annual dues are $10 for trainees and $25 for everyone else and can be paid online (see column at right) or via postal mail to Adam Davis (send an email to cfreynoldsmhs@gmail.com for the address).

Thursday, April 16, 2020

2019-2020 Lecture Season

We are pleased to announce the 36th lecture season (2019-2020):


  • September 24, 2019 ~ "Poena par sapientia: Tommy John Surgery and Modern Sports Medicine," Walton Schalick, III, MD, PhD (Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, University of Wisconsin and the Central Wisconsin Center) CANCELLED
  • November 12, 2019 ~ "Medical Education in 19th-Century America: Jefferson and Flexner Revisited," Robert Gibson, MD (Internal Medicine, University of Virginia) 
  • January 28, 2020 ~ "The Poison Garden: Poisoning in Agatha Christie's Literature," Sylvia Pamboukian, PhD (English and the Honors Program, Robert Morris University) 
  • February 25, 2020 ~ "Dr. Charles Champion: An African American Champion of Independent Pharmacy Practice and Alternative Medicine in the Civil Rights Era," James Bailey, MD (Internal Medicine, University of Tennessee Medical Center) 
  • April 7, 2020 ~ "The Daring Young Surgeons Who Pioneered Heart Surgery," David Cooper, MD (Xenotransplantation Program/Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham)

Unless otherwise specified, all lectures take place at 6:00 pm on Tuesday evenings in Lecture Room #1, Scaife Hall 4th Floor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 3500 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261. (Paid) parking is available on the street and in select garages.

Please note that we are no longer offering buffet dinner after every lecture; but if you would like to join us for dinner at a restaurant in Oakland and can pay for your own meal, simply RSVP to cfreynoldsmhs@gmail.com by the Sunday before the lecture to join the reservation.

Annual dues are $10 for trainees and $25 for everyone else and support bringing excellent speakers from around the country to our corner of the world. Dues can be paid online (see column at right) or in person to Adam Davis.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Due to the spreading COVID-19 epidemic, out of respect to the health and safety of our speaker and our members, we are postponing Dr. Cooper's April 7 lecture until the fall semester. Check this space in September 2020!

You can always find up-to-date information about the virus at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

If you have questions about the C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society, including how to pay your dues electronically or by check, please reach out to us at cfreynoldsmhs@gmail.com.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

In appreciation of John Erlen


At the November Reynolds lecture, we presented long-time secretary/treasurer Jonathan Erlen with a plaque in appreciation of his >35 years of service to this organization. Thank you, John!




Dr. Andrew Herlich, President of the CF Reynolds Medical History Society, does the honors.