I've given medical Grand Rounds and lectures at a number of medical schools and state medical societies including at the Cleveland Clinic, Baylor University, Georgetown and the Universities of Maryland and Virginia. The first talk outlined below is my most relevant and popular with a video presentation accompanying the second. Please get in touch with me if you would like me to speak to your group on topics related to the history of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or medical quackery. You can reach me at BobGreenspan2000@aol.com.
Useful Medical History for the Modern Physician
This is not the traditional "names and dates" history lecture but in a short period of time it provides all that physicians should know about the history of their profession. Also included is a description of some of the missteps made by past practitioners and the pseudoscience still mistakenly believed by many patients today. Mistrust and confusion regarding medical care leads to inadequate compliance with unfortunately poor therapeutic outcomes. No matter how scientifically well designed and appropriate is physicians' advice it's worth very little if lifesaving medications and vaccinations sit on shelves. The lecture concludes with relevant practice guidelines by past great physicians.
a) Landmarks in the Second Oldest Profession
b) Doctors Behaving Badly
d) Practice Advice from the Greats
Lecture objectives to improve medical care:
Medicine through the Ages
Medical school training in history is often neglected, so here I hope to acquaint the audience with what students, and in fact all faculty and practicing physicians should know about the origins of their profession.
b) Physical Diagnosis
e) Trauma Surgery
g) Urology and the Treatment of Stones
h) Ophthalmology and ENT
l) Quack Medicine
Robert E. Greenspan MD, FACP.
The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicholaes Tulp, oil on canvas by Rembrandt van Rijn (1632).
May 15, 2018
Thank you for everything you've done for so many years to enrich the educational experience of students at the University of Maryland School of Medicine with your entertaining and highly informative presentations on the history of medicine. Your generosity in giving willingly of your time, vast expertise and access to your personal collection of medical artifacts have been an inspiration to me personally and the many young physicians whose lives you've touched.
All the best,
Phil Mackowiak, MD, MACP
November 1, 2014
Thanks for coming to the MSV Annual Meeting and giving your talk on medical history. As usual, this was well received and I have heard many positive comments on your talk.
Much Appreciated! Bill
William C. Reha, MD, MBA
March 12, 2011
Thanks again for 2 great talks...people are coming up to me quoting various interesting stories that caught their attention and imagination.
Joseph Nally, MD
June 25, 2009
Thank you for a most energizing lecture...I can't remember when I enjoyed a Grand Rounds as much as I did this morning. Your presentation was excellent and you are to be congratulated in bringing together so much of the richness of medicine throughout the ages to those of us who are entrusted to the care of patients today.
With all best wishes, Joe Bellanti
Joseph A. Bellanti, MD
November 6, 2006
Dear Dr. Greenspan:
It was a pleasure having you speak at our American College of Physicians Ohio Chapter Annual Session recently...I have gotten good reviews on your talk...It was very interesting and compelling.
Very truly yours,
David L. Bronson, MD, FACP
...What makes the book even more fascinating are the numerous anecdotes in it ̬ material which, if used appropriately, can liven up potentially boring lectures in medical school or elsewhere.
—The National Medical Journal of India