C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society

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.

Regular Membership Form PDF

Student Membership Form PDF

Medical Student Membership Form PDF

2018–2019 Schedule of Lectures

All lectures will be held in a lecture hall, 4th floor of Scaife Hall, University of Pittsburgh, at 6:00 P.M. A dinner for members and their guests in the 11th floor Conference Center, Scaife Hall will follow each of the five individual lectures. We hope that you and any interested colleagues will join us for these five evenings of historical lectures and discussions.

The C. F. Reynolds Medical History Society appreciates your continuing support and is confident that you will enjoy this coming year's programming. Please refer all questions on the Society and its programming to the Society’s Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. Jonathon Erlen, 412-648-8927; erlen@pitt.edu.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
“When Health Became Wealth: The Progressive Era and the Economic Foundations of Public Health in the United States”
Michael Halpern, M.D.
Associate Professor, Health Administration and Policy
Temple University College of Public Health            

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
“Navy Medicine's Trial by Fire: 6 June 1944.”
Jan Herman, MA
Retired Historian of the Navy Medical Department

Tuesday, January 22, 2019
“How John Snow’s Understanding of Inhalation Toxicology led to his Seminal Involvement in Epidemiology and Anesthesiology.”
Bernard Goldstein, M.D.
Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
“Leeches: From Antiquity to FDA Approved Medical Device.”
Mindy Schwartz, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
University of Chicago Medical Center

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
“The North American Invasion of the “Beatles” of Congenital Heart Disease: Maude Abbott, Alfred Blalock, Helen Taussig, and Henry Banhson’s Trips to Europe.”
William Evans, M.D.
Co-Director Children's Heart Center Nevada
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
UNLV School of Medicine
Las Vegas, Nevada


Recordings of past lectures