Over the past ten years, the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Baltimore VA Medical Center have produced an annual conference called "The Historical CPC". A CPC, or Clinicopathologic Conference, is a medical clinical exercise in which the history of a patient's illness is presented to an experienced clinician for discussion in a didactic setting. This form of conference is used to teach our students and house staff how an experienced clinician would approach a difficult or challenging case. We present an unusual, modern case on a weekly basis, but once a year we stray from our modern cases and discuss an historical figure. Over the past ten years we have discussed the deaths of Mozart, Pericles, Edgar Allan Poe, Alexander the Great, and Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as the mental health of General George A. Custer. This year we will be venturing back in time once again.
This Year's Event
The 2004 historical case will be discussed by Hinrich Staecker, M.D., Ph.D., Acting Director of Otolaryngology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Donald F. Easton, Ph.D, London specialist in archeology, history and language of pre-classical Anatolia. The conference will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2004, at the School of Medicine's Davidge Hall. The conference is expected to run for 2 hours. Davidge Hall is the oldest building in the US continually used for medical education.