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History of Medicine on Teaching Rounds: Why it Matters and How to Do it

Tonse N.K. Raju, MD; Jeffrey P. Baker, MD, PhD; and Lawrence M. Gartner, MD organized a workshop for the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Boston on April 30 to demonstrate to residents the advantages of incorporating medical history into lectures, seminars, and daily rounds. The workshop demonstrates how to discover new resources and offers the opportunity to learn from the examples of experienced medical historians as they demonstrate the benefits of utilizing medical history to teach and inspire retention of medical information. The historical material can also enhance your journal and textbook writing.
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Below you can find the presentations, handouts, and recommended resources from the workshop. Use the resources to conduct your own research and to determine ways to apply what we've learned from medical history towards teaching others.


History of Pediatrics Intro: Jeffrey P. Baker MD, PhD

Selected Readings: Jeffrey P. Baker MD, PhD


History of Pediatrics Powerpoint: Jeffrey P. Baker MD PhD
  • Dr Baker provides a quick and simple outline of early pediatric history and offers some teaching strategies on how to adapt the history to the education of students.
Searching for Historical Materials and How I use History of Medicine for Teaching: Tonse N.K. Raju, MD
  • What are the potential pitfalls of using the web for research? What are the advantages? Dr Raju discusses both as well as offering some potential resources you may consider using next time you are doing research for your classroom.
Internal Resources
In addition to the site you currently find yourself the Pediatric History Center has accumulated other resources that document the history of pediatrics and provide an excellent source of reference for anyone looking to learn more.

History Articles: find articles about the history of the AAP, of pediatrics, and of its practitioners.

Oral History Collection: access the Oral Histories of significant pediatrics collected by the PHC.

History of Pediatrics Sources: Use this bibliography to find resources about the history of children's health, the profession of Pediatrics, the pioneers of the field, and other related issues to children's health care.

Recommended Resources: bibliographies and links are offered for researchers to use to find additional resources on medical history.

External Resources
There are a large variety of notable institutions with excellent resources that also provide ready access to their resources and recommendations to their researchers about where they can hope to find more information. The list below are just some of those recommended.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: History of Medicine: Find resources such as their list of sites for the History of Medicine, the Historical Perspective Series of articles, an online exhibit on the History of Cesarean Section, and the Ralph W. Hale, MD, History Museum.

United States National Library of Medicine: History of Medicine: The National Library of Medicine is home to one of the world's largest history of medicine collections. Their collection of print and non-print materials that document the history of medicine, health, and disease in all time periods and cultures is available to researchers and the public.

Welcome Library: Access collections from the past of the history of medicine. The collections consists of books, manuscripts, archives, films and pictures. They also provide an excellent resource guide that outlines the types of resources available online as well as the methods for accessing them.

History of Health Sciences: The History of the Health Sciences Section of the Medical Library Association organized this list for access to the history of health sciences web links.

PubMed: PubMed is a free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. The site offers full-text access to around 1.5 million full-text articles. There are full search tools and options that allow you to search with a variety of limits that can help retrieve more specific results.

Medical Heritage Library: Some of the world's leading medical libraries collaborated to organize this digital curation collection of rare medical texts. The MHL promotes free and open access to quality historical resources in medicine.

Medical Humanities Syllabi: Find syllabi from a number of institutions on this site provided by the New York University School of Medicine. The site was established as a resource for scholars, educators, students, patients, and others who are interested in the work of medical humanities.

History of Medicine: Journal: the University College of London provides access to articles from Medical History from 1957 to present.

These two series of articles are also worth noting for the information that they share regarding pediatric history.

Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine: Classics of Pediatrics:: Each month features a "classic article" with an accompanying historical commentary, illustrating major turning points and trends corresponding to each decade of the twentieth century. To access, look up "humanities" in "topic collections".

Pediatrics: Historical Perspectives: This quarterly feature publishes articles that feature concise and readable historical articles or essays that illuminate pediatric practice today. Recent articles have addressed topics such as sulfa antibiotics, newborn screening, measles vaccine, and autism.
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