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Art and Medicine: Medical History in Diego Rivera's Art

Luis H. Toledo-Pereyra will present "Art and Medicine: Medical History in Diego Rivera's Art." The lecture is part of the Bullitt Club Lecture Series.

Diego Rivera was an extraordinary Mexican muralist who spent many years in Europe learning the painting techniques and styles of the time from great European masters such as Murillo, Zurbaran, Velázquez, and Picasso. He brought this knowledge to Mexico City where he created a great number of historical and patriotic murals. This talk is based on several of Rivera’s medically-oriented Mexico City and Detroit murals.

Dr. Luis H. Toledo-Pereyra is a surgeon trained at the University of Minnesota, where he also received PhDs in surgery and the history of medicine. He is professor emeritus at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMUHS) in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Prior to his retirement, he was professor of surgery and professor of medical ethics, humanities and the law at WMUHS. He has also been a professor of surgery at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine in Kalamazoo. He was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship Award to teach medical humanities and surgical research at the Universidad Católica de Valencia in Spain. He also received a NIH grant “to teach medicine through the history of disease.” After his retirement, he has continued his research on a voluntary basis at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, on the areas of historical developments of pancreas transplantation, the scientific basis of Joseph Lister’s work, and the contributions of art to medicine and surgery. He continues to give national and international conferences in areas of his expertise and recently visited the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the ABC Hospital and the Angeles Mocel Hospital in Mexico City and the University of Sonora in Ciudad Obregón, México. He was also invited to be professor of history and philosophy of medicine at the University of Sonora where he recently taught a course in the history and philosophy of medicine through distance learning techniques.

All Bullitt Club lectures are free and open to the public.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 527
Health Sciences Library
Lectures, Readings and Talks  


Linda Johnsen