The BUSM Historical Society is proud to announce publication of Volume II of Aceso: Journal of the Boston University School of Medicine Historical Society.
The BUSM Historical Society mission is to expose students and the BUSM community to the rich history of the School, Boston Medical Center, medicine in Boston, and the medical profession in general. By exploring how the landscape has changed and the profession has evolved, and introducing people and innovations that helped create modern medicine, the society offers perspective and inspiration for students to carry throughout their careers.
Aceso: Journal of Boston University School of Medicine Historical Society is named for the Greek goddess Aceso and comes from the Greek word akéomai meaning “to heal.” Aceso represented the healing process. Unlike other gods, she personified medicine from the patient’s perspective as a process involving both the ill person and the physician. Aceso was involved in overall care and the recognition that healthcare and well-being took time and was an active process.
“This aspect of healing is in striking accord with the BUSM mission and BU CARES educational philosophy,” says Michael Sherman, BUSM ’15, Aceso founder and editor-in- chief. “In our journal we hope to highlight medical history and all of its manifestations. With Aceso, it is our intent to awaken the reader to the common ground we all share. By exposing readers to the vast experience that the humanities offer, we will provide a better understanding of our place in medicine and society.”