The C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society is one of the largest regional history of medicine societies in the U.S., with a diverse membership that includes several past and present members of the History of Medicine faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. Among its activities, the Society sponsors an annual lecture series and an annual prize for the best research paper by a medical student.

Please refer all questions about the Society and its programming to Jonathon Erlen, PhD, at erlen@pitt.edu or 412-648-8927.

Membership Form PDF

2016–2017 Schedule of Lectures

All lectures will be held in Lecture Room 5, Scaife Hall, University of Pittsburgh, at 6 p.m.  A dinner for members and their guests in the 11th floor Conference Center, Scaife Hall, will follow each lecture.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
"Caring for Foreign Bodies: Healthcare’s Role in Immigrant Assimilation, 1890-1945."
Alan Kraut, Ph.D.
Professor of History
American University
Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
24th Annual Sylvan E. Stool History of Medicine Lecture
"Verbing Faith: An Early Medical Humanist."
Charles Bryan, MD
Heyward Gibbes Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine, Emeritus
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
"Origins of the World Health Organization’s Definition of Health: Pittsburgh Threads."
Donald S. Burke, MD
Dean, Graduate School of Public Health Associate
Vice Chancellor in Global Health
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
6th Annual Jonathan Erlen History of Medicine Lecture
"Seeing Things Differently: Insights on Perception and Disorders of Movement from the Dawn of Motion Pictures."
Douglas Lanska, MD
Professor of Neurology
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin

Tuesday, April 5, 2017
29th Annual Mark M. Ravitch History of Medicine Lecture
"James D. Hardy and the First Heart and Lung Transplants at the University of Mississippi Medical Center."
Marc E. Mitchell, MD
Professor of Surgery
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Recordings of past lectures