14th Annual Medical History Conference of the West
- Monday, March 24, 2014 from 1:00pm to 5:30pm
- Strand Union Building - view map
This program is made possible by the generous support of the Volney Steele Endowment to the Montana State University Foundation. This endowment is specifically dedicated to the support of scholarship in medical history. This program is open to all at no cost.
Visitor parking is available across the street from the Strand Union Building. Hangtags must be purchased for $3.00 at the kiosk on 7th and Grant Street or at the Huffman Building on South 7th and Kagy Boulevard.
1: 00 pm Introduction and Welcome
Martin Teintze, Ph.D., Director for the MSU WWAMI Education Program
1:15 pm "Emerging Diseases Today"
David Quammen: New York Times Best Selling Author and journalist
2:15 pm Break
2:30 pm "The Ship of Death: The Frist Yellow Fever Pandemic"
Billy Smith, Ph.D., Professor, Department of History, MSU
3:10 pm: "Outlaws and Enemies: Typhoid and the Emergence of Public Health in Montana."
Spencer Shropshire Jr., M.D., Family and Community Medicine, Univ. Texas, Southwestern
3:50 pm Break
4:00 pm "Level Four Laboratories and Emerging Diseases: the ultimate challenges today and the ultimate responses available."
Heinz Feldmann, M.D., Ph.D., and Chief: Laboratory of Virology, Rocky Mountain Laboratory
4:40 pm "Disease and Doctoring in Montana at the Dawn of Modern Medicine."
Todd Savitt, Ph.D. Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University:
5:20 pm Concluding remarks by Dr. Martin Teintze
5:30 pm Conference Adjourns
David Quammen, was educated at Yale and Oxford before moving to Montana in 1973. He has written for a wide range of magazines, from Outside and Sports Illustrated to The New York Times Book Review, and is now a Contributing Writer for National Geographic. Quammen has published twelve books, including most recently Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, which won the Science and Society Book Award from the National Association of Science Writers. He currently lives in Bozeman, MT with his wife, Betsy Gaines, and is working on a new book involving molecular phylogenetics and the Tree of Life.
Billy Smith, Ph.D., graduated with his Ph.D. from the University of California in 1981 and has since taught in Montana State University's History and Philosophy Department. He has proven to be a major contributor in both research and teaching, earning MSU's top awards, including Mary Ross Provost's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the Cox Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research, the Wiley Award for Research, as well as a large number of grants. His interests include early America, race, class and slavery, disease and mapping early America. Dr. Smith was a Michael P. Malone Professor of History from 2002-2005 and a Distinguished Professor of Letters and Science from 2008-2011. He has published nine books, including his most recent, Ship of Death: A Voyage that Changed the Atlantic World, which has gained international attention. He continues to teach and conduct research.
Spencer Shropshire Jr, M.D., received his B.A.in English from Texas Christian University and M.D. from The University of Texas Southwestern. Following internship at Duke University Medical Center, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas and fellowship in Infectious Disease at U.T. Southwestern. He came to Helena in 1987 as Chief of Medicine at Ft. Harrison VA Hospital. Following retirement he served for several years on the board of the Water Quality Protection District for Lewis and Clark County, where his interest in Montana's typhoid epidemics began.
Heinz Feldmann, M.D., Ph.D., graduated from medical school in 1987 and then went on to earn his Ph.D. in 1988, both from the University of Marburg in Germany. Since 2008 he has been the chief of Laboratory of Virology and the chief scientist at Rocky Mountain Laboratories BSL-4. Dr. Feldmann is an associate professor with the department of medical microbiology at the University of Manitoba and serves as a consultant on viral hemorrhagic fevers and related pathogens for the World Health Organization. He is also an editor for Archives of Virology and serves on the editorial board of several other journals. His major interests include pathogenesis of hemorrhagic fever viruses, such as filoviruses, arenaviruses and bunyaviruses, and other special viral pathogens. He has been awarded several honors including the PHAC Research Merit Award.
Todd Savitt, Ph.D., is an historian of medicine whose research focuses on African Americans, the American South, and Montana. He has written on the early history of St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula and on a physician who performed abortions in Helena. He served as visiting scholar at the Institute of Medicine and Humanities in Missoula in 1994. Savitt serves as Assistant Dean of Diversity and teaches history of medicine, literature and medicine, and medical ethics at the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
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