We are pleased to bring two lifelong learning courses to Plymouth Harbor in 2015, led by instructors from the Lifelong Learning Academy in Sarasota.  These offerings are supported in part through gifts to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation

EisenhowerSecret Illnesses of U.S. Presidents and their Effect on World History and Politics  

Thursdays 4:00-5:30 p.m. (3 sessions) January 29, February 5, 12 in the Club Room

Was the course of world history during the twentieth century altered as a result of the secret and unknown illnesses of U.S. presidents?  Until recently, presidential illnesses were often kept hidden from press and public. Most have since been revealed, but how at the time did they affect the sufferers’ interaction with world leaders and their management of crises? Did FDR’s hypertension influence the conduct of WWII and his critical negotiations with Stalin at Yalta? What about the impact on the Cold War of Eisenhower’s hypertension and heart attack and JFK’s back surgery and Addison’s disease? In this course, blending history and medicine, we’ll explore these and other intriguing questions.   Course Fee:  $15 per registrant

Course leader:  Allan B. Schwartz, M.D. 

Professor of medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, specializing in nephrology and hypertension. He has served as vice chair of the department as well as clinical service chief, academic service chief, recipient of many “outstanding clinician” and “outstanding teacher” awards.  He has conducted numerous regional and national CME seminars. His publications include two textbooks and many chapters, national and international meeting presentations, abstracts, and articles. He is a peer reviewer for numerous medical journals. Dr. Schwartz received his M.D. degree from Hahneman Medical College (later Drexel University College of Medicine).

 

history medicineThe Epic of Medicine

Thursdays 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. (6 sessions) March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16 in the Club Room

This course traces the history of medicine as it relates to the history of mankind from pre-historic time to the 20th century. The emphasis will be on Western medicine, but influences from Eastern traditions will be included. A fervent attempt will be made to learn from history so we will not be destined to repeat it. Parallels will be drawn throughout the course to “modern medicine” as well as “alternative medicine.” Come to learn about the origins of “scientific” medicine, folk remedies, the role of religion in medicine, and so much more. This will be a PowerPoint presentation augmented by videotapes from the Teaching Company.  Course Fee:  $30 per registrant

Course leader:  Al Tripodi, M.D.

Dr. Tripodi has a B.A. from Cornell and an M.D. from SUNY Upstate Medical University, where he was an associate clinical professor of medicine. He is certified in internal medicine and geriatrics and practiced in Syracuse, N.Y. and Sarasota for forty years.  He has been responsible for teaching medical students and residents and was medical director of two extended-care facilities in Syracuse. He presently volunteers and is medical director of the Senior Friendship Center’s medical clinic in Sarasota. He has an abiding interest in history and a fervent belief that “to know history may prevent us from repeating it.”