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The Bernard J. Malis Memorial Lectureship in Humanities

The Department of Humanities at University of the Sciences presents the 2018 Bernard J. Malis Memorial Lectureship in Humanities:

Leonardo at 500

Salvatore Mangioneby Salvatore Mangione, MD
Associate Professor, Jefferson University

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Pharmacology/Toxicology Center, Room 140

Leonardo da Vinci was arguably the most creative person who ever lived. Exquisitely gifted in both arts and science, he practiced them as a "scientist of art and an artist of science." Five hundred years later, his anatomical drawings remain testimony to his unique way of engaging the world both artistically and scientifically. From pioneering the injection of molten wax into ventricles, to multiple views of specimens, to the recurrent use of cross-sections and cutouts, those drawings remind us of a brain that always thought in pictures. Yet, they also challenge us to understand what made Leonardo so creative. This may be especially worthwhile in times when medical education has been accused of hindering creativity.

Free and open to the public

About Salvatore Mangione

Dr. Mangione is a clinician-educator whose interests include Physical Diagnosis, Medical History, community service, and the role of the humanities in medicine. After obtaining his MD summa cum laude from the Catholic University of Rome, Dr. Mangione trained in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania before eventually moving to Jefferson Medical College where he is currently Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency, and coordinator for the History of Medicine lecture series and the Jefferson Medical Cineforum. Multiple teaching awards attest to his innovative programs and engaging teaching style, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the BBC, CNN, and NPR. In recent years, his interest has shifted from physical diagnosis to medical humanities, where he advocates a rekindling of the field and the creation of a series of partnerships with various Philadelphia organizations in order to foster a more kaleidoscopic, creative, and artistic side of medical education. Dr. Mangione’s publications include the book Physical Diagnosis Secrets.

The Bernard J. Malis Memorial Lectureship in Humanities was endowed by Bernard Malis, who graduated from PCPS in 1944 with a BS in pharmacy and in 1947 with an MS in pharmacy. He was a consultant in pharmacology and public health, and was chair of the Philadelphia chapter of the Explorers Club. In 1989, Malis was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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