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NYAM Presents Fourth Annual History Night with Focus on New York

L-R: Elaine Schattner, MD, MA, FACP; Jonathan Tinker, MD; Katia Sokoloff; Robert Ruben, MD (Chair, Section on History of Medicine); Pascal de Caprariis, MD; Sara Bergstresser, PhD, MPH

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The NYAM Section on the History of Medicine and Public Health held its fourth annual History Night event on February 6, 2014. A full house of close to 100 people attended the special evening, which included five talks on the history of medicine and public health, with a spotlight on New York. The presentations, chosen by the Section’s selection committee from a pool of applicants, were as follows:

“Organizing Orthopaedic Societies in New York City in the 1880's: The New York Orthopaedic Society, the New York Academy of Medicine Section of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Orthopaedic Association.” Jonathan B. Ticker, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

“Psychiatric Criminology in the Eugenic Era: The New York Police Psychopathic Laboratory, 1915-1929.” Sara M. Bergstresser, PhD, MPH, Columbia University.

“Cancer Education Campaigns in Progressive Era New York City: The Role of Women.” Elaine Schattner, MD, MA, FACP, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College.

 “A Diagnosis of Philanthropy: Carnegie and Rockefeller and the Medical Profession.” Katia Sokoloff, Master’s Candidate at Sarah Lawrence College.

“Not for Self but Others: The Presbyterian Hospital Goes to War.” Pascal J. de Caprariis, MD, Consultant Faculty at Lutheran Medical Center.

Section Chair Robert Ruben, MD, emphasized the high quality of each paper and corresponding talk, and of the pool of applicants for the event. So many strong papers were submitted this year that for the first time, a second 2014 History Night will take place on May 22 (register here).

“Each one of these touched upon a very significant aspect of medical care, especially in New York, which served as a generative intellectual community for these ideas to be spread worldwide,” Dr. Ruben said.

The event also highlighted the partnership between the Section and NYAM’s Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health, which includes NYAM’s library and historical collections. A number of the presenters acknowledged the Center’s valuable research resources and the contributions of Arlene Shaner, Acting Curator and Reference Librarian for Historical Collections. Ms. Shaner also exhibited at the event the original minute book of the New York Orthopedic Society, which became NYAM’s Section on Orthopedics in 1886.

“The resources of the Rare Book Room were instrumental in putting these papers together, allowing these truths to unfold,” Dr. Ruben said.

View more photos from the event here.

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Posted on February 7, 2014

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