"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.
SUNY Upstate Medical University: A Pictorial History by Eric v.d. Luft
Click here to see a PDF
file of the bibliography
and index.
SUNY Upstate Medical University: A Pictorial History is a sturdy, Smyth-sewn paperback,
9½ by 6½ inches, viii + 184 pages, 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 will be an accurate, valuable,
and easy to use reference tool for the history of Geneva Medical College, Syracuse
University College of Medicine, and Upstate Medical University for years to come.

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"... a treasure trove of information --  
and a treasure."  

--Thomas S. Szasz, M.D.,  
internationally 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.
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.
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