Exploring the History of Medicine, Or five thousand years of medical history in five weeks, 2012
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A five part annual seminar that was offered as an elective to the Feinberg School of Medicine M1 and M2 classes between 2004 and 2013. The seminars were coordinated by the Galter Health Sciences Library, and included introductory highlights about the history of medicine, and featured rare books and artifacts from the Galter Library's Special Collections. Ron Sims, the Special Collections Librarian, led the seminars which focused on presentations by students. During the early years, librarians James Shedlock and Ramune K. Kubilius also helped to facilitate the seminar. The slides in these presentations were shown during the 2012 seminar.
Using the rich resources of the Galter Health Sciences Library, this seminar explored the history of medicine through the examination and review of primary texts. Students chose a disease or health issue and traced it back from contemporary times to the 15th or 16th century, focusing on the connection between the literature of that period and what we know today. Each student reported on at least one primary text from the century that is that week's focus. There was at least one PowerPoint presentation by each student.