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Many Reynolds-Finley Historical Lectures are now available online. Click the links below to view one of these videos, and check back at this site for links to additional videos coming soon. Note: To request a transcript or a captioned version of this material as a disability-related accommodation, please contact Disability Support Services at dss@uab.edu or 205-934-4205.


44th Annual Reynolds-Finley Lecture: “A Century of Maternity Care: Alabama’s Highlights and Challenges”, by Jenny M. Luke, Independent historian (former RN, CNM), and the 2017 and 2022 Reynolds-Finley Research Fellow – lecture held on March 10, 2023.


43rd Annual Reynolds-Finley Lecture: "UAB Genomic Medicine", by Bruce R. Korf, MD, PhD, Associate Dean for Genomic Medicine, UAB Heersink School of Medicine; Chief Genomics Officer, UAB Medicine; and Wayne H. and Sara Crews Finley Endowed Chair in Medical Genetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham – lecture held on August 5, 2022.


42nd Annual Reynolds-Finley Lecture: "The COVID Pandemic in 2021: Where Have We Been and What Can We Expect?", by Jeanne Marrazzo, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA, C. Glenn Cobbs Professor in Infectious Diseases, Director of the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases – lecture held on February 26, 2021


40th Annual Reynolds-Finley Lecture: "What Doctors Say and What Patients and Families Hear: Lessons from the History of Medicine and Pediatrics," by H. Hughes Evans, MD, PhD, Marcus Professor of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine - lecture held on February 22, 2019


39th Annual Reynold-Finley Lecture: "The Opioid Crisis," by Stephen M. Taylor, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.S.A.M., General, Child/Adolescent and Addiction Psychiatrist; Medical Director, NBA/NBPA Player Assistance/Anti-Drug Program - lecture held on March 9, 2018


38th Annual Reynolds-Finley Lecture: "Collaboration between UAB and HudsonAlpha for Precision and Personalized Medicine," by Howard J. Jacob, Ph.D., Executive Vice President for Genomic Medicine and Faculty Investigator, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology - lecture held February 24, 2017


“The Antibiotic Era: Reform, Resistance and the Pursuit of a Rational Therapeutics,” by Scott H. Podolsky, MD, Director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard - lecture held February 9, 2016

37th Annual Reynolds-Finley Lecture: “Residency Training in the United States: Past, Present, Future,” by Kenneth M. Ludmerer, MD, Washington University, Professor, Department of Medicine and Mabel Dorn Reeder Distinguished Professor in the History of Medicine - lecture held March 4, 2016

“Instruments and Devices: Exploring Past Medical Practices through the Material Culture of Medicine … A ‘Hidden’ History?” by Shelley McKellar, PhD, Jason A. Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, London, Canada - lecture held April 26, 2016


“Lewis & Clark: First Eye Care Practitioners West of the Mississippi,” by William J. Benjamin, OD, MS, PhD, Director of Advanced Refractive Services, Alabama Eye & Cataract Center, P.C./Michelson Laser Vision, Inc.; President, Material Performance Assessments, LLC - lecture held February 5, 2015

"The Civil War's Impact Upon the Psychology of Mobile Residents, 1865," by Harriet Amos Doss, PhD, Associate Professor, UAB Department of History - lecture held April 7, 2015

"The Placebo Effect: What Is It and How Does It Affect Conventional and Unconventional Therapies," by John S. Haller, Jr., PhD, Emeritus Professor, Southern Illinois University - lecture held September 10, 2015

"The Lost Art of the Cardiac Bedside Examination," by Barry Silverman, MD, FACP, FACC, Northside Cardiology, Northside Hospital, Assistant Professor of Medicine (cardiology), Emory University School of Medicine - lecture held October 20, 2015

"Grant's Final Victory: Writing His Memoirs before Dying of Throat Cancer," by James A. Ramage, PhD, Regents Professor of History, Northern Kentucky University - lecture held November 17, 2015


"Creek Indian Medicine, Past and Present: The Application of Traditional Cultural Knowledge in Today's World," by Robert Thrower, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer/Traditional Practitioner, Poarch Band of Creek Indians - lecture held March 20, 2014

"Trans-Atlantic Danger: Work and Death Among U. S. and British Deep-Sea Fishermen, 1960-74," by Colin Davis, PhD, Chair, Department of History, University of Alabama at Birmingham - lecture held April 17, 2014

“Andreas Vesalius' De Humani Corporis Fabrica: Conservation of the Reynolds Historical Library's First Edition 1543,” by Gabrielle Fox, Fine Binding and Book Conservationist, Cincinnati, Ohio - lecture held September 25, 2014

"Dentistry: Where Did It Start?", by Scott D. Swank, DDS, FACD, Curator of the National Museum of Dentistry and Assistant Professor, Dental Public Health, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Dental School, University of Maryland - lecture held October 21, 2014


"Rangaku Medicine As 'Outside' Knowledge in Late Tokugawa Japan," by John Van Sant, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Alabama at Birmingham - lecture held March 14, 2013

"Intensely Human: The Health of the Black Soldier in the American Civil War," by Margaret Humphreys, MD, PhD, Josiah C. Trent Professor of the History of Medicine, Duke University - lecture held April 25, 2013

"The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine," by James Le Fanu, MD, Medical Columnist for The Telegraph(London) - lecture held September 12, 2013

"The Development of Medical Museums in the Antebellum American South," by 2013 Reynolds Fellow, Stephen C. Kenny, PhD, Department of History, University of Liverpool - lecture held October 2, 2013

"Frames Refocused: Black and White Blinded GIs and Social Reintegration in World War II,” by Robert F. Jefferson, PhD, Department of History, UAB - lecture held October 30, 2013


"The Dawning of the Great Age of Librarians: Breaking the Barriers of Time and Space," by T. Scott Plutchak, MLS, AHIP, Director, UAB Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences - lecture held March 14, 2012

"Medicine and Memory in the Oral Histories of Alabama's Black Physicians," by Jack D. Ellis, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Alabama in Huntsville - lecture held April 12, 2012

"Medicine's Changing Appreciation of Negative Results," by Laura M. Seger, PhD candidate, History & Philosophy of Science, Indiana University, Bloomington - lecture held September 20, 2012

"A History of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder," by Carlos E. Berry, MD, Department of Veterans Affairs, Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center - lecture held October 16, 2012

"Soapland Symbols: Disability and American Radio, 1920-60,” by Walton O. Schalick, III, MD, PhD, Disability Studies, Institute for Research on Poverty, Orthopedics & Rehabilitation, University of Wisconsin - lecture held November 8, 2012

“The Turckish War of Laryngology: From the Dennis G. Pappas Collection,” by Dennis G. Pappas, MD, The Pappas Ear Clinic, Birmingham, AL - lecture held December 5, 2012


32nd Annual Reynolds Lecture: "The History of Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support: A Revolution in Evolution," by James K. Kirklin, MD, Professor and Director, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham - lecture held February 18, 2011

"'In Such Cases There Was a Predisposition to Kill the Child': Mothers, Homicide and Insanity in Victorian Britain," by Carolyn Conley, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of History and Anthropology, University of Alabama at Birmingham - lecture held March 8, 2011

"Medical Iconography of the Early Modern Period (1501-1750)," by Melissa C. Morgan, MA, MBA, Center for the Living Arts, Assistant Director / Director, Space 301 - lecture held March 31, 2011

"Influenza in an American Military Hospital in France in 1918," by Frederick Holmes, MD, Professor of the History and Philosophy of Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center - lecture held April 26, 2011

"Traditional Hawaiian Healing and Western Influence," by Kathryn Hilgenkamp, Ed.D., LPC-S, LPC, CHES, Private Counseling Practitioner and Academic Advisor/Associate Professor, Webster University - lecture held September 15, 2011

"'Medicine is a Man's Game?': Women Physicians in the Movies," by Patricia E. Gallagher, MLS, MA, AHIP, Reference Librarian, New York Academy of Medicine - lecture held November 10, 2011


"Magic, Alchemy and Medicine in Harry Potter's World," by Elizabeth Lane Furdell, PhD, Professor of History, University of North Florida - lecture held February 2, 2010

"When the Famous Get Sick and the Sick Get Famous: What We Do and Do Not Learn from Celebrity Patients," by Barron H. Lerner, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Sociomedical Sciences, New York - Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center - lecture held March 4, 2010

"Globalizing Medical Histories," by Stephen Casper, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor, Clarkson University - lecture held May 20, 2010

"Health Care for Blacks in the Jim Crow South," by LaShanda Penn, APRN, GNP, MSN, Instructor, Division of Nursing, Winston-Salem State University - lecture held September 9, 2010

"Maturation of a Specialty: The Evolution of Vascular Surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham," by Michael C. Trotter, MD, FACS, Delta Regional Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Greenville, MS - lecture held October 14, 2010

"The 'Tuskegee' Syphilis Study: What More Is There to Know?", by Susan Reverby, PhD, Marion Butler McLean Professor, Wellesley College - lecture held November 16, 2010

"Florence Nightingale: Learning From the Past & Looking Forward to the Future," by Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, International Co-Director, Nightingale Initiative for Global Health - lecture held November 30, 2010


"The Recent History of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, 1991-2008," by Eric W. Boyle, PhD, Stetten Fellow in the History of Biomedical Sciences and Technology of Medicine, NIH - lecture held September 22, 2009

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