Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 6:30pm
RSVP by October 31, 2014 - $25.00/person
The Cobblestone Society and Museum will be hosting Dr. Ronald Batt, MD, PhD, of the University at Buffalo’s Medical School as the featured program for the 2014 Annual Dinner and Meeting.
Batt has an impressive resume including a B.S. in Natural Sciences from Niagara University, his M.D. from the University at Buffalo, as well as a M.A. and PhD in history from the University at Buffalo. In 1996, he was selected to serve as co-chair of the Sesquicentennial Committee of the University at Buffalo’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (1846-1996), and was chair of the editorial committee for the Pictorial History of the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
The program will highlight the development of medicine in Western New York from 1800-1850. He will discuss the role of major events, including the War of 1812, the construction of the Erie Canal, and the Panic of 1837, and their impact on the progression of medical research on the Niagara Frontier. The talk will culminate with the formation of the University of Buffalo in 1846 and the immediate effects felt by the surrounding areas.
We had the opportunity to talk more with Dr. Batt during his recent visit to the museum to see the medical exhibit. He shared his thoughts about Orleans County’s earliest physicians, noting that the opening of Buffalo’s School of Medicine would have had an immediate effect on the treatment of illnesses and diseases in this area. Prior to the establishment of medical schools, doctors “practiced” medicine by reading texts and apprenticing with established physicians (similar to the education received by attorneys). 1847’s graduating class, the first to come out of Buffalo, would have brought a reliable and educated group of physicians into the newly established areas of Orleans County.
The Museum had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Batt on August 17th as the first speaker for our Medicine at the Museum Speaker Series. An outstanding and engaging speaker, Dr. Batt will be presenting a revised program focusing on local physicians who graduated from the University of Buffalo's Medical School during the 19th century.