MSMS History of Medicine Series

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MSMS History of Medicine Series

MSMS History of Medicine Series

Monday, January 22, 2024 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Join Tom M. George, MD, CEO, Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) for the inaugural MSMS History of Medicine Series, featuring Jack Dempsey, the author of His Sword a Scalpel, the new biography of General Charles Stuart Tripler, MD, and Matt VanAcker, Director, Michigan State Capitol Tour and Education Service. Doctor Tripler, a pioneering Michigan Civil War surgeon, played a vital role in the early American Medical Association and was instrumental in the establishment of Detroit’s Harper Hospital.

Civil War medicine is hastily labeled as “barbaric,” this webinar aims to dispel such notions. Gain insights into Doctor Tripler’s contributions to the field, his early involvement in organized medicine, and the political challenges that hindered his career. Tripler, a prominent mid-19th-century practitioner, and a devoted member of the U.S. Army Medical Bureau was stationed in Detroit where he co-founded Harper Hospital, now part of the Detroit Medical Center, as Michigan’s first medical facility for recovering soldiers.

His Sword A Scalpel may be purchased at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, as well as many other local bookstores in the state.  You do not need to read in advance to participate and enjoy the discussion.  

This webinar is free and open to members of MSMS, physician non-members, and members of the public. Registration is required.  To register click here.  For more information, please contact Beth Elliott at or 517-336-5789.