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.

The Beaumont Medical Club

2013-2014 Schedule

27 September 2013 (459th meeting)

“The Battle with Smallpox before Jenner; the Case of John Haygarth”

Francis Lobo, MD

Vice President, Beaumont Medical Club

Location, Historical Library, 333 Cedar

25 October 2013 – The Beaumont Lecture


Paul McHugh, MD

University Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Location, Historical Library, 333 Cedar

31January 2014

"LymeScam: the her history of Lyme Disease”

Durland Fish, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology, Yale University School of Medicine

Location, Historical Library, 333 Cedar

28February 2014 – The Rosen Lecture

“Athletic Sex: History of Gender Validation in International Athletic Competition”

Myron Genel, MD, FAAP, FACPM

Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics (Endocrinology) and Senior Research Scientist

Yale University School of Medicine

Location, Historical Library, 333 Cedar

4 April 2014

“Dracula: A Metonym for Infectious Disease”

Frank Snowden, PhD

Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of History and Professor of History of Medicine,

Yale University School of Medicine

Location, Historical Library, 333 Cedar

16 May 2014

“Pernkopf Anatomical Atlas”

Ralph Arcari, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine

University of Connecticut

Location, Historical Library, 333 Cedar