For those who were unable to attend Monday's final presentation in the 2008-2009 season of the OHSU History of Medicine Society Lecture Series, the streaming video is now available on the web site.
Dr. DeMeester traced the history of gastroesophageal reflux disease from its description as a peptic disease by Wilder Tileston in 1906 ("you see, it's been an American disease all along") through the the work of Phillip Allison, Norman Barrett, Rudolf Nissen, Ronald Belsey, Lucius Hill, and Donald Castell, highlighting the controversies that arose between surgeons and physicians over etiology and treatment. DeMeester noted that, with incidence of GERD on the rise, the time is ripe for further concerted research.
Also available on the web site is the list of confirmed speakers for next season; we look forward to seeing folks on September 25, 2009, as we kick off the new season with what is sure to be a fantastic talk from cardiologist and bibliophile Dr. Brian Morrison.
(Photo, l-r: John G. Hunter, MD, Mackenzie Professor and Chairman of Surgery, OHSU; Tom R. DeMeester, Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Dept. of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine, USC; and Donn H. Spight, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, OHSU)