Rosenbaum History of Neurology Lecture: Dr. Christopher Boes, “The Dr. Mary Broadfoot Walker Effect” – Nov. 12 at 4pm PST

In partnership with the OHSU Department of Neurology, we are pleased to announce this year’s fully-virtual Rosenbaum History of Neurology Lecture: Dr. Christopher Boes of the Mayo Clinic will speak about Dr. Mary Broadfoot Walker, a Scottish physician who made great contributions to the study and treatment of myasthenia gravis.

Registration is not required, and all are invited; see below for brief description and calendar event listing (where you will find a streaming video link and an option to download a calendar appointment).

Herbert Rosenbaum History of Neurology Lecture: “The Dr. Mary Broadfoot Walker Effect”
Dr. Christopher Boes, Professor of Neurology and Associate Professor of the History of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Thursday, November 12, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
Virtual meeting via Webex/Echo360

Black and white portrait; Mary Broadfoot Walker, in lab coat with wire-rimmed glasses..
Portrait; Mary Broadfoot Walker (1888-1974). Credit: Wellcome Collection (CC BY 4.0).

Dr. Mary Broadfoot Walker (1888-1974) was the first to demonstrate the “Mary Walker effect” describing the weakness of other muscle groups following release of the arteriovenous occlusion of an unrelated exercising muscle group in patients with myasthenia gravis, which led to the search for a circulating causative agent for that disorder. Although Dr. Mary Walker practiced in a non-academic setting and trained at a time when women were not allowed to be instructed alongside men, she was the first to convincingly demonstrate three life-changing treatments in the field of neuromuscular medicine, a feat that few physicians of any era can claim.  She had a significant effect on the lives of her patients.

About the speaker: Dr. Christopher Boes is a Professor of Neurology and Associate Professor of History of Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  He is a Senior Associate Dean in the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Education Chair in the Department of Neurology, and Medical Director of the W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine at Mayo Clinic.  He is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology History and Archives Committee.  He has twice won the American Academy of Neurology Lawrence C. McHenry Award for excellence in history of neurology research.

The Herbert Rosenbaum History of Neurology Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Neurology and coordinated by the OHSU Library.

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