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Medical History Interest Group Presentation Archives

The MHIG Lecture Series provides a broad and fascinating look in the history of medicine throughout this years. Many of our presentations have been recorded and are available for viewing.

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Spring 2014

The 19th Century Doctor

Todd Savitt, PhD, Professor, Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies
January 27, 2014
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Adult Sibling Relationships: A Historical and Bio-Psycho-Social Perspective

Ave' Maria Renard, PsyD, MSN Clinical Psychologist
February 24, 2014
Not Recorded

Dr. Philippe Ricord: The History of Syphilis and the Art of Human Inoculations

John Papalas, MD
March 24, 2014
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Nikola Tesla: How the Vision for Low Cost Energy Led to Fluorescent Lights, Radio and Medical Wonders

Joseph Chalovich, PhD, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
April 7, 2014
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Fall 2014

The Battle of Mogadishu 1993: Operational and Medical Aspects

William C. Wood, MD, Col. (USAFR) Ret.
September 8, 2014
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The Philadelphia Chromosome (Ph): A Story of Scientific/Medical Discovery 

John M. Lehman, PhD, Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
September 29, 2014
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Spring 2013

Plummer of the Mayo Clinic: A Reason for Its Success

W. Chadwick Wood, M.D., Col. USAFR (Ret.), Clinical Prof., East Carolina Heart Institute
January 28, 2013
Not Recorded

Galen's Place in the History of Medicine

Anthony Papalas, Ph.D., Professor, History (retired)
February 25, 2013
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Yellow Jack Arrives in Wilmington: The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1862

David E. Rice, MPH, MA, Health Director at New Hanover County Health Dept., Wilmington, N.C., E. Daniel Shingleton, MSW, ECU Social Work (ret.), and Eric Kozen, Superintendent, Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington, N.C.
March 25, 2013
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Max Brödel - Medical Illustrator: Leipzig to Baltimore, Making Early Surgeons Famous

W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr., MD, FACS, FRCS (Eng), Senior Assoc. VC, Director, East Carolina Heart Institute
April 10, 2013
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Fall 2013

Edward Hartley Angle, MD, DDS: Disassociation from Dental Education and Dental Medicine

Van Wallace Mc Carlie, Jr., MA, DMD, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Dental Medicine, East Carolina University
August 26, 2013
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The Swedish Swine-flu Pandemic, Mass-Vaccination and the Power of Narratives

Britta Lundgren, PhD, Professor of Ethnology and former Dean of Faculty of Arts, Umeå University, Sweden
September 23, 2013
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Medical Practice on a Greek Island in Ancient Times and Today

John Tripoulas, MD, Ikaria Island, Greece
October 23, 2013
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Truth, Objectivity, and Doubt in Late 19th Century U.S. Neurological Discourse Regarding Phantom Limb Pain

Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies at East Carolina University
November 18, 2013
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Spring 2012

Franklinization: Early Therapeutic Use of Static Electricity

Joseph M. Chalovich, PhD, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
January 23, 2012
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John Hunter and the Philosophy of Dentistry

Joseph Bord, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Laupus Library
February 27, 2012
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Women Surgeons of the 19th Century - Ahead of the Times

Danielle Saunders Walsh, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor, Surgery
March 26, 2012
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The Evolution of U.S. Health Care Delivery Policy

Robert Kulesher, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Services and Information Management
April 9, 2012
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Fall 2012

Sterilization and Juvenile Delinquency in North Carolina’s State Home for Girls (Samarcand Manor)

Karin L. Zipf, PhD, Associate Professor, History
August 27, 2012
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Scrofula Doctor and Musical Genius: How One Woman Healed Body and Soul in the Post-Civil War South

David Hursh, MM, MLS, Associate Professor & Head of ECU Music Library
September 24, 2012
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Hunter Holmes McGuire: Much More than Stonewall Jackson's Surgeon

Carl E. Haisch, M.D., Professor, Director of Surgical Education, and Associate Dean
October 22, 2012
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Somaticism, Pain, and Malingering Among N.C. Civil War Veterans: Analysis of Two Early Pension Programs

Daniel S. Goldberg, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies at the Brody School of Medicine
November 12, 2012
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Spring 2011

Histopathology in the Nineteenth Century: Virchow to Frozen Sections

Donald R. Hoffman, Ph.D., Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
January 24, 2011
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Suffering and Death among Early American Roentgenologists: The Power of Remotely Anatomizing the Human Body

Daniel S. Goldberg, J.D., Ph.D., Assist. Professor, Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies, BSOM
February 28, 2011
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A History of the National Library of Medicine and its History of Medicine Division

Jeffrey S. Reznick, Ph.D., Deputy Chief, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine
March 14, 2011
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The History of the Anti-vaccination Movement and Perceptions of Vaccines

Andrea Kitta, PhD, Assistant Professor, English
March 28, 2011
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History of Osteopathy

Peter B. Wagner, D.O., Clinical Associate Professor, East Carolina Heart Institute
April 11, 2011
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Fall 2011

Civil War Medicine

David E. Long, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, History (U.S.), Harriot College
September 19, 2011
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Hookworm History and Soils in NC: Massive Infection and Intervention 1910-1915

Alice Anderson, PhD, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Health Education and Promotion
September 26, 2011
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African American Health Care Providers in the Civil War

David Dennard, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of History; Director of the African and African American Studies Program
October 24, 2011
Not Recorded

A History of Twin Studies

Charles E. Boklage, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pediatrics, East Carolina University
November 28, 2011
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Spring 2010

Only the Good Die Young: The 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

Carrie L. May, B.A. in History, 1st year Masters of Public Health Student
January 25, 2010
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Bringing the Hospital to the Patient: A Tangled History of Prehospital Medicine

Joshua Corsa, FP-C (Flight Paramedic-Certified), BS, M2 at BSOM
February 22, 2010
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In Defense of the Nation: Syphilis, North Carolina’s “Girl Problem” and WWI

Karin Zipf, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of History
March 22, 2010
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A History of Dropsy: From Bloodletting to Southey's Tubes

Hassan Alhosaini, MD, Senior Fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine, East Carolina Heart Institute
April 19, 2010
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Fall 2010

Poliomyelitis: History, Conquest and Cost Analysis

John M. Lehman, PhD, Assoc. VC for Research, Health Sciences; Assoc. Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, BSOM; Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
August 30, 2010
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Women and Medicine in 19th Century America

Todd Savitt, PhD, Professor, Bioethics & Interdisciplinary Studies
September 27, 2010
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Killing the Medical Self-help Tradition among African Americans: The Case of Lay Midwifery in North Carolina, 1912-1983

Holly Mathews, PhD, Professor, Department of Anthropology
October 25, 2010
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The Resurfacing Debate: Historical Perspectives of Multiple Entry-Levels to RN Practice

April D. Matthias, MSN, RN, CNE, PhD Candidate, College of Nursing
November 29, 2010
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Spring 2009

Dr. James Lind and the Story of Scurvy

Charles M. Phillips, MD, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, Dermatology
January 26, 2009
Not Recorded

Who Was the First Physician?

R. Lee West, M.D., Professor, Pathology
February 23, 2009
Not Recorded

History of Battlefield Medicine: Compassion in the Midst of Carnage

David E. Long, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, History (U.S.), Harriot College
March 30, 3009
Not Recorded

The ‘Doctor-Nurse Game’ in the 1840's: To Play or Not to Play?

Martha Libster, PhD, RN, CNS, Associate Professor, College of Nursing
April 20, 2009
Not Recorded


Fall 2009

Paul De Kruif: The Microbe Hunter and Author

John M. Lehman, PhD, Assoc. VC for Research, Health Sciences; Assoc. Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, BSOM; Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
August 31, 2009
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Highlights in the History of Medical Marijuana

Jeffrey Pierce, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
September 14, 2009
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Smallpox in the Spanish New World

Angela Tucker Thompson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of History
October 26, 2009
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“Leaving No Soldier Behind": Advances and Heroism in Military Medicine

William C. Wood, MD, Col. USAFR (Ret.), Clinical Associate Professor, Cardiovascular Sciences
November 30, 2009
Not Recorded


Spring 2008

William Ruschenberger: 19th-Century Naval Surgeon and Cultural Adventurer

Angela Tucker Thompson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of History
February 25, 2008
Not Recorded

Medicine as Practiced at Jamestown, 1607-14

Terry Bond, Historic Site Interpreter, Jamestown Settlement, VA
March 3, 2008
Not Recorded

The Evolution of American Hospitals

Robert R. Kulesher, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Health Services and Information Management
March 24, 2008
Not Recorded

Allen Oldfather Whipple: The Father of Modern Pancreatic Surgery

Emmanuel E. Zervos, M.D., Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology
April 14, 2008
Not Recorded

Historically Important Microscopes: A Demonstration/Lecture

Donald R. Hoffman, Ph.D., Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
April 28, 2008
Not Recorded


Fall 2008

Voices and Visions: A History of Madness, Institutions, and Recovery

Sy Saeed, M.D., Professor and Chairman, Psychiatric Medicine
August 25, 2008
Not Recorded

Resurrection and Dissection: A Short History of Grave-Robbing

Todd L. Savitt, PhD, Professor, Medical Humanities
October 27, 2008
Not Recorded

Democedes of Croton and the State of Pre-Hippocratic Medicine in Ancient Greece

Anthony J. Papalas, PhD, Professor, History
November 3, 2008 Not Recorded

Theobald Smith: Microbe Hunter

John M. Lehman, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Health Sciences; Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
November 17, 2008
Not Recorded

Unpacking the Black Bag: Country Doctors and Narratives of Rural Health Care, 1920s-1970s

Sasha Mullally, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of History, University of Alberta
November 21, 2008
Not Recorded


Spring 2007

Four Temperaments, Five Elements: Comparisons and Contrasts Between Eastern and Western Humoral Theory

Jeffrey Pierce, MD (Clinical Assistant Professor for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
January 22, 2007
Not Recorded

Herbal Diplomats: Nursing during the American Botanical Movement 1830-1860

Martha Libster, PhD, RN, CNS (Associate Professor, ECU School of Nursing)
February 26, 2007
Not Recorded

The History of Public Health in North Carolina: An Overview

E. Daniel Shingleton, MSW (ECU School of Social Work and Barton Weekend College Program)
March 26, 2007
Not Recorded

Get the Lead Out! A Brief and Highly Selective History of Lead Poisoning

Bruce Johnson, MD (Professor of Medicine & Vice Chair for Education; Director, Division of General Internal Medicine)
April 23, 2007
Not Recorded

How Gender Changed the History of Medicine

Regina Morantz-Sanchez, Ph.D (Professor of History, University of Michigan)
April 30, 2007
Lecture associated with "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians" traveling exhibition
Not Recorded


Fall 2007

Non-Physician Clinicians: History from 1600's to North Carolina

Steve Cohen, MPAS, PA-C (Clinical Associate Professor, Physician Assistant Studies)
August 27, 2007
Not Recorded

Old Testament Skin Problems

Charles Phillips, M.D. (Associate Professor, Internal Medicine - Dermatology)
September 24, 2007
Not Recorded

Dying Young: Stories from the History of American Youth Suicide

Kathleen W. Jones, Ph.D. (Dept. of History at Virginia Tech; National Humanities Center Fellow for 2007-2008)
November 5, 2007
Not Recorded

Dr. Joseph Goldberger and Pellagra: His Life and Legacy

Paul Strausbauch, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
November 26, 2007
Not Recorded


Spring 2006

Abortion in the Old West: The Trials of Dr. Edwin S. Kellogg

Todd Savitt, PhD (Professor of Medical Humanities, Brody School of Medicine)
January 17, 2006
Not recorded

Eponyms of the Acute Abdomen

Ben Gersh (4th Year Student, Brody School of Medicine)
February 14, 2006
Not recorded

Watchful Vigilance: The Development of Critical Care Units 1950-1970

Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN (Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania)
March 21, 2006
Not recorded

Early History of Radiation Therapy

Marc Randall, MD (Director, Leo W. Jenkins Cancer Center)
April 18, 2006
Not recorded


Fall 2006

Using Primary Documents to Explore the Past: Health and Medicine in the Slave South

Todd Savitt, PhD (Professor, Medical Humanities)
August 28, 2006
Not recorded

Diabetes and the Discovery of Insulin: A Historical Review

Robert Tanenberg, MD (Professor, Internal Medicine)
September 25, 2006
Not recorded

How Laryngeal Cancer Changed the Course of History: The Unfortunate Story of Dr. Morell Mackenzie

Omur Cinar Elci, MD, PhD (Associate Professor, Division of Community Health and Preventive Medicine)
October 23, 2006
Not recorded

The Early History of Commercial Biotechnology

Sally Smith Hughes, Ph.D. (Historian of Science, Bancroft Library, University of California and 2006-2007 National Humanities Center Fellow)
November 9, 2006
Not recorded

Malaria in Italy ca. A.D. 450

Frank Romer, PhD. (Professor and Chair, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures)
November 27, 2006
Not recorded


Spring 2005

Medical Eponyms

Group Presentation
January 18, 2005
Not recorded

Intensely Human: The Health of Black Soldiers in the American Civil War

Margaret Humphreys, M.D., Ph.D., Josiah Charles Trent Associate Professor of Medical Humanities, Duke University; Burkhardt Fellow, National Humanities Center
February 8, 2005
Not recorded

The Historical Art of Robert Thom: Introducing History into a Pathology Course

Dr. Paul Strausbauch (Professor of Pathology)
February 15, 2005
Not recorded

From Bailey to Brody: Finding a Niche for the Country Doctor Museum

Anne Anderson (Country Doctor Museum)
March 15, 2005
Not recorded

John Locke: Physician, Philosopher – and Carolina Constitutionalist

David Shephard, M.B., FRCPC
April 19, 2005
Not recorded


Fall 2005

Some Historical Examples of Medical Self-Experimentation

Dr. Paul Strausbauch (Professor of Pathology)
August 16, 2005
Not recorded

The Deaths of Three American Presidents

Walter J. Pories, MD (Professor of Surgery)
September 20, 2005
Not recorded

Walking in Beauty, Living in Balance: A Navajo Philosophy of Healing

Lori A. Alvord, MD (Associate Dean of Student and Multicultural Affairs, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School)
September 22, 2005
Not recorded

Highlights and Lowlights in the History of Psychiatry

J. Frank James, MD (Professor of Psychiatry)
October 18, 2005
Not recorded

That Painful and Lingering Disorder: An 18th Century View of Cancer

Sharon Cotner (Curator, Pasteur & Galt Apothecary, Colonial Williamsburg)
October 28, 2005
Not recorded

The Mystery of "The Four Seasons": A Unique 17th Century Flap Anatomy

Suzanne Porter (Curator, History of Medicine Collections, Medical Center Library, Duke University)
November 10, 2005
Not recorded

John Hunter: Father of Scientific Surgery

W. Randolph Chitwood, MD (Associate Vice Chancellor, Health Sciences)
December 14, 2005
Not recorded


Fall 2004

Educating Black Physicians in North Carolina: The Rise and Fall of Leonard Medical School 1882-1918

Todd Savitt, PhD (Professor of Medical Humanities)
October 4, 2004
Not recorded

Snow, Water, and Gas: Fundamental Advances in Epidemiology and Anesthesiology Made by John Snow

David Shephard, M.B., FRCPC
October 19, 2004
Not recorded

Three Women and a Dog: Alternative Medicine in the Ancient World

Carin Green, Ph.D.
November 5, 2004
Not recorded

Magic, Medicine, and the Principle of Apparent Casualty in Pliny's Natural History

Dr. Peter Green, F.R.S.L., King Charles II Distinguished Visiting Professor in Classics and Ancient History
November 10, 2004
Not recorded

Medicine Plants of Native America

Stanley Graham Knick, Ph.D., Director of the Native American Resource Center, UNC Pembroke
November 18, 2004
Not recorded