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  • Sunday, June 20, 2021 8:10 PM | Nicole Salomone (Administrator)

    We are happy to share that we have started a YouTube Channel.  Our monthly talks are in the process of being uploaded now.  If your talk has not been posted, please give us sometime.

    Please take a look at the talks, comment, and engage.  Copies of the videos are also available on our website under the 'Past Events' tab.  

  • Thursday, February 11, 2021 7:41 PM | Anonymous



    Midweek Medical History Newsletter



    Hello Members and Friends of the Medical History Society of New Jersey!

    This is the first edition of our new MHSNJ newsletter, highlighting a few articles, books, presentations, announcements, programs, and just about anything that we think might be of interest to our members. (Will this newsletter be monthly, every other week, or weekly? Well, let’s see what happens and find out together!) 

    We hope that this newsletter and our monthly Zoom meetings will help stimulate our collective interest in medical history and grow our MHSNJ community.

    And now for our news items:

    1. Vaccine logistics are a hot topic, to say the least. In case you missed it, in December the New York Times explained  “How New York City Vaccinated 6 Million People in Less Than a Month,”    discussing NYC’s smallpox vaccination program in 1947. One of the featured historians was David Oshinsky, who was the MHSNJ’s Saffron Lecturer in 2018. The photos and audio clip in this article are fantastic! In January, the Times also covered  “Five Past Vaccine Drives and How They Worked.” 

    2. This next link is more current events than medical history, but right now we all know we are living through historic times. If you want to know what’s going on regarding COVID and vaccination in New Jersey, and particularly at Rutgers, please see / hear the     COVID-19 Health Briefing and On the Pandemic Podcast.“ RBHS Chancellor Brian Strom and Mary O'Dowd, Executive Director of Health Systems and Population Health Integration at RBHS, are the hosts of two biweekly series designed to help us all better understand the landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Learn straight from the experts!

    3. Karen Reeds reports that the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in Madison NJ has an exhibit entitled  Cholera to COVID-19: Epidemics, Pandemics, & Disease. The website itself looks terrific! On Thursday, February 4, at 7pm via Zoom, the Museum is hosting   History of Merck’s Commitment to Improve Public Health.“ Discover the long history of Merck and learn how they navigated past pandemics through the eyes of this pharmaceutical company from 1895 through the 1990s.” Pre-registration is required for access to the Zoom link. Museum members are free; non-members, $10, which supports the museum's activities.  Click here to register! 

    4. And we end this first newsletter with an article about . . .  the history of newsletters! It's not medical history, and you have to register to read it, but the Economist declares: “Launching a newsletter today is like launching a blog 20 years ago, or a podcast five years ago.”

    On that note, if you have news, comments, questions, or anything you want to pass along, please email bob.vietrogoski@rutgers.edu with “MHSNJ newsletter” in the subject line.

    Until next time  . . . . 

    Stay healthy, 

    Bob Vietrogoski

    Special Collections L            Librarian in the History of Medicine, Rutgers University Libraries

    Preview of coming attractions: a new book from George Hill, medical essays from Michael Nevins, the Blackwell sisters, and a great medical humanities website . . . 


  • Tuesday, January 05, 2021 7:47 PM | Linda Whitfield-Spinner (Administrator)

    Happy New Year Folks! What will be your research focus for this year? Like many of you I welcomed the new year with reflections of events that occurred in 2020, and thoughts of how I want to spend my precious time and energy in the coming year.   Last year I began work on a few projects that I had great interest in but put them off with complaints that there was never enough time. 

    In 2021, I plan to finish a few of those projects because I believe the research is interesting, the work is important, and these stories should be shared. My research will focus on the evolution of medicine in black communities (New Jersey – Early Twentieth Century (1900 – 1950’s). Do you have any sources you can share?

    What will be your research focus for 2021?  Make the time to explore what interest you.

  • Thursday, October 08, 2020 10:37 PM | Anonymous

    Have you been going a little stir crazy?  The Museum of Early Trads and Crafts, located in Madison, NJ, has reopened.  All visitors must call ahead (24 hours) to reserve a time to visit, wear a mask and socially distance.   Please go to their website (https://www.metc.org) for more information. 

    Their current exhibits include Cholera to COVID-19: Epidemics, Pandemics & Disease

    This exhibit explores America’s experience with infectious diseases, such as yellow fever, smallpox, cholera, typhoid, and tuberculosis. Primary source documents supplemented by historic objects from METC’s permanent collection will highlight the resources, tools, and techniques physicians used to diagnose and treat patients during these historic outbreaks. 

  • Tuesday, June 09, 2020 8:20 PM | Anonymous

    Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Mr. George Floyd. Over the last few weeks we have watched protesters march in cities around the country (and the world), seeking justice for George Floyd, who died at the hands of a white police officer. Mr. Floyd was the latest in a series of black citizens who lost their lives due to violence at the hands of those in authority.

    What happened to George Floyd is not new. Systemic racism and the killing of black and brown people have been a part of our culture for centuries. What is new is that social media has made it possible to capture these events exactly as they occur and in graphic detail with audible sounds that leave nothing to the imagination. It’s hard for the viewer to turn a blind eye or deny that these events are happening.

    The protesters’ reactions to these incidents reflect their hurt and anger in response to these injustices.  Millions of protesters march peacefully across this nation in an effort to bring about change for equal rights and social justice, despite the efforts of some who instigate violence and loot stores. The marches exhibit efforts to unite communities of all races and ethnicities.

    As we watched doctors, nurses, medical students, and social workers participate in protests, it brings to mind one of our Society’s core objectives: the MHSNJ “will be concerned with the history of the health professions and their influence on the social, cultural, and economic life of the community."

    What will you tell your grandchildren about how you made a difference during these turbulent times?  What will be your legacy? How will you influence history?

    Let’s all of us work toward a better society, a better world. It will take more than sympathetic words to heal the racial divide as we work toward a more equal and just world.  Commit to working together with your communities to address these systemic issues and remember to get out and vote!

     “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.”

    ― William Faulkner

    “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

    Maya Angelou


    Take care/Be safe/Make a difference

    Linda Whitfield-Spinner, DMH, LCSW

    President, MHSNJ


  • Monday, March 30, 2020 9:43 PM | Anonymous

    We are sad to announce the passing of  one of our founding members: Dr. James Tait Goodrich. 

    Dr. Goodrich was the Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, and Professor of Clinical Neurological Surgery, Pediatrics, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Albert Einstein College.  

    He was a pioneer in medicine, and developed a method to separate conjoined twins in 2004.   

    More about this prestigious doctor can be found by clicking here

  • Sunday, December 08, 2019 4:55 PM | Anonymous

    Welcome to the new website! 

    We're hoping that the website can be used as a place for our members to talk and interact with each other.  Feel free to create a profile and post to our forums.  

    Check out the plans that we have coming up for the website: 

    1. Members only section
    2. Members only directory
    3. Ability to pay for events online
    4. Ability to donate via the website 

    We can't do it without you though!  Let us know if you're interested in helping with the following: 

    1. Website updates
    2. Blog updates
    3. Conversation starters
    4. Facebook page posts and moderators
    5. Forum moderators
  • Friday, September 20, 2019 12:30 AM | Anonymous

    We are sad to announce the passing of Dr. Harvey Rothberg. 

    Dr. Rothberg was a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UMDNJ and served as the first President of the Princeton Regional Board of Education after the borough and township merger. 

    Dr. Rothberg was a prominent historian on the history of medicine in New Jersey, and published books that documented the history of Princeton Hospital: The First Fifty Years: The History of Princeton Hospital, 1919-1969 and The First Seventy-Five Years: A History of the Medical Center at Princeton, 1919-1994.  

    More about this prestigious doctor and historian can be found here: http://www.towntopics.com/wordpress/category/obituaries. 

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