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SUNY Upstate Medical University:
A Pictorial History
by Eric v.d. Luft
The history of medicine in Central New York has national
and international as well as local and regional importance.
Elizabeth Blackwell, the world’s first woman physician to
earn her M.D. by completing the regular course of study
at an accredited medical school, received that degree in
Central New York. Alumni and faculty of Upstate Medical
University and its predecessor institutions have achieved
greatness that has enriched medicine and society around
the world since 1834. This book tells their stories.
SUNY Upstate Medical University: A Pictorial History is
copiously illustrated with photos, drawings, and documents
from the Upstate Archives and other sources in Upstate's
Special Collections Vault. Written by Upstate Medical
University's Curator of Historical Collections Emeritus,
loaded with facts, fully indexed, and handsomely designed,
it is an accurate, valuable, and easy to use reference tool
for the history of Geneva Medical College, Syracuse
University College of Medicine, and Upstate Medical
"... a treasure trove of information - and a treasure."
- Thomas S. Szasz, M.D.,
renowned psychiatrist and philosopher of medicine
"Deans John Heffron, Herman Weiskotten, and Julius
Richmond all played major roles on the national scene,
and ... Luft tells their stories well."
- Gert H. Brieger, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins
University, in The Bulletin of the History of
Medicine 81, 2 (Summer 2007): 498.
"Most institutional histories of medical schools tell the
narrow story of the creation and growth of that specific
school and fail to put this story into the broader context
of American medical educational change. Fortunately
Eric Luft avoids this typical shortcoming and places the
history of his medical school, SUNY Upstate Medical
University, within the broader context of American medical
history, from the school’s early nineteenth-century
beginnings in Geneva, New York, into the first decade
of the twenty-first century in Syracuse."
- Jonathon Erlen, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh,
in The Watermark 29, 2 (Spring 2006): 34-35.