Visiting Speaker Series


We are thrilled to welcome as our 2019 Visiting Speaker

Dr. Scott Harris Podolsky, MD Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard University
"The Antibiotic Era: Reform, Resistance, and the Pursuit of a Rational Therapeutics"

Thursday, November 21, 2019
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
DSB 1002
Reception to begin at 5:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served. 


About: Dr. Podolsky is a professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at the Blavatnik Institute of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His work focuses on the history of 19th- and 20th-century therapeutics and medical evolution, with a focus on the history of antibiotics, the evolving authority of the controlled clinical trial, and relationships among physicians, medical journals, the pharmaceutical industry, and governmental agencies. Dr. Podolsky has co-authored Generation of Diversity: Clonal Selection Theory and the Rise of Molecular Immunology (1997), authored Pneumonia before Antibiotics: Therapeutic Evolution and Evaluation in Twentieth-Century America (2006), co-edited Oliver Wendell Holmes: Physician and Man of Letters (2009), and most recently authored The Antibiotic Era: Reform, Resistance, and the Pursuit of a Rational Therapeutics (2015).

All are welcome -- open to the public and Schulich Medicine community -- see you there!

About the Visiting Speaker Series 

Presented by the History of Medicine Office at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Every autumn a distinguished medical historian is invited to Western University to deliver a public lecture to medical students and faculty as well as interested members of the London community. The lecture series was established in 2015 through the generosity of a donor impressed with the engagement and quality of medical student presentations in the history of medicine at the spring History of Medicine Colloquium at Schulich Medicine. In this spirit, this funding further bolsters medical student engagement with the history of medicine by bringing leading scholars to Western, significantly adding to the intellectual community and educational experience of students.

Past Speakers

  • 2018 - Dr. Susan Reverby, McLean Professor Emerita in the History of Ideas and Professor Emerita of Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley College. 
    "Insights into the unusual and revolutionary journey of Dr Alan Berkman (1945-2009)"

    Photos and information on the 2018 lecture available here.

  • 2017 - Dr. Jeffrey Baker, Director of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics and History of Medicine at Duke University, Durham, NC.
    "Autism and Its Transformations The History of a Contested Diagnosis"

    Photos and information on the 2017 lecture available here.

  • 2016 - Dr. Jacalyn Duffin, Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, Queen's University
    "The Stethoscope at 200: A Revolutionary Device now Obsolete?"

    Photos and information on the 2016 lecture available here.

  • 2015 - Prof. Dale C. Smith, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
    "Caring for the Wounded: How the Great War Medical Experience Shaped Post-War American Surgery"

    Photos and information on the 2015 lecture available here.