About the Series:

The objective of the Reynolds-Finley Historical Lecture Series is to review, assess, and discuss various historical aspects of the health care sciences. The series runs from Fall to Spring. The Annual Reynolds-Finley Lecture is the foremost presentation in this series that brings speakers of prominence to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Click here to see a list of all previous Annual Reynolds-Finley Lecturers.

Earning CMEs at Reynolds-Finley Lectures:

The University of Alabama School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Alabama School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


2015-2016 Lecture Schedule

Unless otherwise indicated on the schedule, all lectures are held from noon to one in the Edge of Chaos Atrium (http://theedgeofchaos.org), 4th floor, Lister Hill Library, 1700 University Blvd. These lectures are free and open to the public. Box lunches are available on a first come, first served basis. Parking is available in the UAB 9th Avenue Parking Deck (1602 9th Avenue South), located directly behind the Ryals School of Public Health. Attendees should only use the upper entrance located behind Denman Hall. Please DO NOT use the public parking entrance on the ground level facing 16th Street South.

Thursday, September 10.
John S. Haller Jr., PhD, Emeritus Professor, Southern Illinois University. “The Placebo Effect: What Is It and How Does It Affect Conventional and Unconventional Therapies.”

There will be a book signing of Dr. Haller's Shadow Medicine: the Placebo in Conventional and Alternative Therapies following the lecture.

Click here to view a video of this lecture.

Tuesday, October 20. Barry Silverman, MD, FACP, FACC, Northside Cardiology, Northside Hospital, Assistant Professor of Medicine (cardiology), Emory University School of Medicine. “The Lost Art of the Cardiac Bedside Examination.”

Click here to view a video of this lecture.

Tuesday, November 17. James A. Ramage, PhD, Regents Professor of History, Northern Kentucky University. “Grant's Final Victory: Writing His Memoirs before Dying of Throat Cancer.”

Click here to view a video of this lecture.

Tuesday, February 9. Scott H. Podolsky, MD, Director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard. “The Antibiotic Era: Reform, Resistance and the Pursuit of a Rational Therapeutics.”

There will be a book signing of Dr. Podolsky's book by the same title following the lecture.

37th Annual Reynolds-Finley Lecture, Friday, March 4. Kenneth M. Ludmerer, MD, Washington University, Professor, Department of Medicine and Mabel Dorn Reeder Distinguished Professor in the History of Medicine. “Medical Residency in the United States: Past, Present and Future.” Note: This lecture will be held in Volker Hall, Lecture Room E, from 4-5 pm.

Tuesday, April 26. Shelley McKellar, PhD, Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, London, Canada. “Instruments and Devices: Exploring Past Medical Practices through the Material Culture of Medicine … A ‘Hidden’ History?”