Four Hundred Years of Medicine in Massachusetts with John Truman, MD

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Monday, Jan 30, 2017, 7:30 pm

Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA


Massachusetts has a rich tradition of outstanding medical accomplishments that

date back four centuries: the first public health program in the country; the oldest

medical journal in the world; the discovery of anesthesia and pain management; the

birth of cardiology and cardiovascular surgery; the beginning of cancer

chemotherapy; the first kidney transplantation; the #1 medical school; and the

largest research hospital in the country. This lecture will develop a time-line of how

this came to pass and why Massachusetts is still the trend-setter of the nation.

John Truman came to the Massachusetts General Hospital as an intern in 1960

because it was regarded as the finest hospital in the world. He still believes that to

be true even though he has spent half of his career at a competing Ivy League

medical center (he is Professor Emeritus and Special Lecturer at Columbia



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