Medicine in Early Maine
a talk with Dr. Richard Kahn
Thursday, January 7, 6-7pm
Join us for a discussion with Dr. Richard Kahn on the history of medicine and pandemics in Maine, up to the present COVID-19 crisis.
About the speaker: About the speaker: Dr. Richard Kahn is an internist and medical historian who grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Rutgers University and Tufts University School of Medicine, where his interest in medical history began. After internship at Maine Medical Center in Portland, he spent two years in the U.S. Public Health Service and then returned to MMC for a residency in Internal Medicine. Practicing in Rockport, Maine, he has had academic teaching appointments at Tufts, Dartmouth, and the University of Vermont medical schools and has always tried to interest his students and residents in medical history. Assisted by his wife Patricia, a medical librarian, Kahn began work on the Jeremiah Barker papers more than 30 years ago with the rediscovery of the Barker Manuscript at the Maine Historical Society Library in Portland, and has continued ever since, culminating at last in the publication of Diseases in the District of Maine 1772–1820: The Unpublished Work of Jeremiah Barker, a Rural Physician in New England.