This year’s iteration of the History of Medicine blue book elective series has explored the theme of “Living History: Made at the Texas Medical Center.” So far, the series has featured presentations by and interviews with Drs. Bryant Boutwell, Jack Schull, Emil Freireich, and Patricia Starck.

As part of the series, the Annual John P. McGovern Banquet is held each Spring with a special guest speaker. This year, Mimi Swartz will present, “The Quest for the Artificial Heart.” Ms. Swartz is Executive Editor for Texas Monthly, and contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times.