Beaumont Medical Club Lectures
The Beaumont Medical Club was founded in 1920 by a group of Yale University School of Medicine physicians and faculty members including George Blumer, former dean, C.-E.A. Winslow, renowned microbiologist and public health practitioner, and M.C. Winternitz, well-know pathologist and dean of the medical school. Although the club's first meeting was held on December 14, 1920, the club adopted its official name three months later after some discussion. The founders were interested in naming the club for a distinguished physician, choosing William Beaumont, a Connecticut native and an early pioneer in physiology in this country, as an appropriate honoree.
The club was organized to promote the study of the history of medicine and to celebrate the contributions of physicians and medical scientists in promoting the welfare of mankind. From its inception, the Beaumont Medical Club has met on six or seven Friday evenings during the academic year in the Yale Historical Library to hear presentations by members and invited speakers. The meetings have been preceded by an informal tea and have been followed by a sherry hour and dinner for members and invited guests in the Beaumont Room almost since the beginning of the Club's history.
Today, tea is served at 4:30 P.M. in the Beaumont Room on the second floor of the Sterling Hall of Medicine above the medical library; the presentation starts at 5 P.M. in the Historical Library on the first floor; sherry and refreshments are served in the library immediately following the presentation; and dinner is served in the Beaumont Room from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
14 September 2012
The New Haven Green: Heart of a City – a Film
26 October 2012 – The Beaumont Lecture
The Early AIDS Epidemic in the United States: Views from Atlanta and Hollywood
Harold Jaffe, MD
Associate Director for Research
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
11 January 2013
Apprenticeship and Medical Education in the 18th Century
Melissa Grafe, PhD
John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History
28 January 2013 – The Holmes Lecture
In the Workshop of History: Reconstructing Technical and Natural Knowledge in early Modern Europe
Pamela Smith, PhD
Professor of History, Columbia University
22 February 2013 – The Rosen Lecture
Superstition Meets Science: The History of Screening for Disease
Baron Lerner, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of the Division of Medical Humanities
New York university Medical Center
22 March 2013
Charles McLinn, the Yale College Carpenter: Patriarch and Benefactor to 19th Century
African Americans of New Haven and Yale.
Forrester Lee, MD
Professor of Medicine and Asst. Dean for Multicultural Affairs
17 May 2013
The Combined Meeting @ CT Historical Society, Hartford
The Life and Times of a Civil War Hospital
Ira Spar, MD