Jerome J. Bylebyl, an associate professor in the
Department of the
History of Medicine in the School of Medicine, died May
19 at his home of heart failure. He was 62.
Bylebyl came to the Institute of the History of
Medicine at Johns Hopkins in 1975 for a yearlong Macy
Fellowship. The following year, he was appointed assistant
professor of the history of medicine, with a joint
appointment in the
Department of the History of Science in the School of
Arts and Sciences. He rose to associate professor in 1979
and was acting director of the Institute of the History of
Medicine from 1983 to 1984.
For 30 years, Bylebyl introduced Johns Hopkins medical
and graduate students and, more recently, undergraduates to
the world of medical history through his survey courses,
and also taught popular courses on the history of anatomy
and art and on the history of dissection.
A recognized authority on the works of William Harvey,
Bylebyl published a number of important articles on anatomy
and physiology in antiquity and the Renaissance and edited
William Harvey and His Age: The Professional and Social
Context of the Discovery of the Circulation (JHU Press,
1979) and Teaching the History of Medicine at a Medical
Center (JHU Press, 1982).
Bylebyl received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude
from Boston College in 1965, majoring in biology and
medicine, and his doctorate in 1969 from the Department of
the History of Science and Medicine at Yale.
Before coming to Johns Hopkins, he was a lecturer and
assistant professor at Yale; a research associate at
University College, London; and an assistant professor at
the University of Chicago.
Bylebyl was co-editor of the Bulletin of the
History of Medicine from 1990 to 2005 and had served on
the editorial boards of Isis, the Journal of the History of
Medicine and Allied Sciences, the Journal of the History of
Biology and Studies in the History of Biology.