September 2 – 12, 2012

The theme this year is Healing through the Ages.  During this residential seminar we will discuss classics of medical history and public health, visit healing and cultural sites, and examine how health systems and medical educators have responded to epidemics and plagues from the Renaissance until today.  Seminar faculty will include Samuel Cohn, PhD, Professor of Medieval History at the University of Glasgow and author of the recent book Cultures of Plague, who will guide us through the site of an old plague hospital in Venice, and Giorgio Zanchin, MD, Professor of Neurology at the University of Padua Medical School, who will introduce us to the famous archives and anatomic theater of the oldest active medical school in Europe.

Santa Maria della Salute (The Basilica of St. Mary of Health), Venice (Photo: Michael Henderson)

After three nights in Venice we will spend a week in Padua at the Hotel Majestic Toscanelli (, located one block away from the famous Palazzo Bo, the historic heart of the oldest medical school in Europe. Participants will see great artistic works of the early Renaissance, enjoy the cuisine of the Veneto and Emilia-Romana regions of Italy, and visit the nearby towns of Bologna, Ravenna, and Verona.

Il Redentore (Photo: Michael Henderson

This course is open to all interested persons. CME and CEU credits will be offered in collaboration with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. To learn more about the 2012 Search for the Healthy City or to register, download the Healthy City Study Tour 2012 brochure.  For more information go to our Facebook page or contact the Course Director, James E. Bailey, MD, MPH, Professor, College of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Special note: The Search for the Healthy City seminar immediately precedes and will be held in conjunction with the 43rd Congress of the International Society for the History of Medicine (ISHM) that will be held in Padua and the nearby Abano Terme, a historic thermal spa center, from September 12 – 16.  Registration for ISHM Congress is separate and is available at


Author: Jim Bailey