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Bay Area History of Medicine Society

The Bay Area History of Medicine Society (BAHMS) was formally instituted in 1941, making it one of the oldest independent regional groups devoted to the history of medicine and health in the United States. The purpose of the BAHMS is to bring awareness and new insights of the development of the history of medicine to interested audiences living in the Bay Area. While most members are health professionals, participation is open to all who are interested in the history of the health sciences.

Regular meetings usually include a seminar style presentation and are held once a month during the academic year (October through May) at the UCSF Library on Parnassus (530 Parnassus ave., 2nd floor, room 201). All meetings are free and open to the public. A modest voluntary annual dues payment helps defray operational expenses for the group.

Meetings begin at 6:15 pm with light refreshments; presentations begin at 6:30 pm. Please check the meeting schedules for further details or changes that might occur.

Crummer Room for the History of Medicine
Crummer Room for the History of Medicine in the Clinics Building, ca. 1935

2018/2019 Speakers

UCSF Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine Graduate Students Presentations
Hsinyi Hsieh, Aaron J. Jackson, and Antoine S. Johnson
October 17, 2018

“Open Wide: 500 Years of Dentistry in Art:” exhibit tour and talk
Dr. Morton G. Rivo
November 14, 2018

Brown-Séquard: The man, his syndrome, and sensory physiology
Dr. Michael J. Aminoff, MD, DSc, FRCP
January 16, 2019

Richard Cabot and the Art of Ministering to the Sick                                                                        Laura Fernandez, MD, Associate Medical Director, K6 Primary Care Clinic, Highland Hospital    February 20th, 2019

The Social-Political Impact of the Smallpox Epidemic in Boston, 1721-1722
Dr. Bruce R. Parker, M.D., FACR, Stanford
March 20, 2019

Early San Francisco Medical Stories
Dr. Arthur E. Lyons, UCSF
April 17, 2019

Andreas Vesalius’ “De Humani Corporis Fabrica”
Dr. Zlatko Pozeg, M.D, St. Boniface Hospital, Canada
May 22, 2019 — Annual Dinner

2017/2018 Speakers

Creation of a Legislative Mess: The History of Medicare and Medicaid Fraud
Brian Dolan, PhD, Professor and Vice-Chair,
Department of Anthropology, History & Social Medicine (UCSF)
October 18, 2017

Adolph Barkan (1845-1933), European Ophthalmologist in San Francisco
Dr. J. Fraser Muirhead
November 15, 2017

Bayer in Shanghai: Medical Authority and Commercial Medicine in 1920s China
Peiting C. Li, PhD Candidate, Department of History, UC Berkeley
January 17, 2018

Lyrical Moments in American Medicine: The Surprising Pertinence of Poetry
Marilyn McEntyre, PhD, Visiting Professor of Medical Humanities, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program
February 21, 2018

A Centennial Remembrance: The University of California Medical Department, San Francisco goes to World War I as the US Army 30th Field Hospital
Dr. Morton G. Rivo
March 21, 2018

Aconite Poisoning and Cardiovascular toxicity
Dr. Daniel Karlsberg
April 18, 2018

Sudden Death in Rome, 1705: Giovanni Lancisi, Pope Clement XI, and the Tale of a Book
Dr. Paul D. Kligfield, Professor, Weill Cornell Medical Center
May 2, 2018 — Annual Dinner


BAHMS President (2017-19): Polina Ilieva

Join the BAHMS distribution list by emailing Sally Kaufmann, M.D. This is a low traffic list, used to announce speakers, and other events of interest to the members.

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To apply for BAHMS membership, please email Gordon Frierson, M.D.  The annual dues are $50. Two members of the same family may pay a discounted membership fee, the second member paying $10.00.