Beaumont Club

The Beaumont Medical Club was founded in 1920 by a group of Yale University School of Medicine physicians and faculty members including George Blumer, former dean, C.-E.A. Winslow, renowned microbiologist and public health practitioner, and M.C. Winternitz, well-know pathologist and dean of the medical school. Although the club’s first meeting was held on December 14, 1920, the club adopted its official name three months later after some discussion. The founders were interested in naming the club for a distinguished physician, choosing William Beaumont, a Connecticut native and an early pioneer in physiology in this country, as an appropriate honoree.

The club was organized to promote the study of the history of medicine and to celebrate the contributions of physicians and medical scientists in promoting the welfare of mankind. From its inception, the Beaumont Medical Club has met on six or seven Friday evenings during the academic year in the Yale Historical Library to hear presentations by members and invited speakers. The meetings have been preceded by an informal tea and have been followed by a sherry hour and dinner for members and invited guests in the Beaumont Room almost since the beginning of the club’s history.

Today, tea is served at 4:30 P.M. in the Beaumont Room on the second floor of the Sterling Hall of Medicine above the medical library; the presentation starts at 5 P.M. in the Historical Library on the first floor; sherry and refreshments are served in the library immediately following the presentation; and dinner is served in the Beaumont Room from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

All Beaumont Medical Club lectures are held in the Historical Library at 333 Cedar Street unless otherwise noted.

Fall 2018

September 14

Daniel Nijensohn, MD Msc, PhD

Emeritus Chief of Neurosurgery, St. Vincent’s Medical Center

“Military Medicine and Surgery during the Vietnam War”


October 19

Tess Lanzarotta, PhD

Program in the History of Science and Medicine, Yale University and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

“A Lab at the Top of the World: Transforming Tuberculosis in Cold War Alaska”


November 16

Heather Munro Prescott, PhD

Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University, History Department

“Battalion of Life: American Women’s Hospitals in the First World War”


Spring 2019

February 15

Naomi Rogers, PhD

Professor of History of Medicine and History, Yale University, Section of the History of Medicine and Science

“Some of My Best Friends: Medicine and Anti-Semitism in Cold War America”


April 12

Mary E. Fissell, PhD

Institute for the History of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University

“The Extraordinary Affair at Walworth: An Abortionist in Early 19th Century London”


Historical Library

Yale Medical School

Tea served 4:30 P.M. in the Beaumont Room

Lecture at 5:00 P.M. in the Fulton Room, SHM, L215, 333 Cedar Street

Members’ Dinner 6:30 P.M. in the Beaumont Room

Open to all interested in the History of Medicine