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Lunar Society scrapbook

Identifier: KUMC-MSS-34

Scope and Contents

Scrapbook and assorted ephemera of the Lunar Society of Kansas University, a medical student discussion group founded by Dr. Robert P. Hudson in 1955.


  • 1955 - 1960


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Archives staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of materials. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of this collection.

Biographical / Historical

The Lunar Society of Kansas University was conceived and formed by medical resident, Dr. Robert P. Hudson, in 1955. Dr. Hudson, who recalled a lack of medical humanities in his education, sought to delve into the topics of religion, economics, philosophy, ethics, law, and politics as they apply to medicine.

The medical student discussion group at KUMC was named after the original Lunar Society formed in Birmingham, England, in the late 18th Century by eminent scholars and manufacturers committed to the exchange of scientific information. Early meetings of the Society were held on the night of the full moon, who’s light assisted the horses mounted by inebriated scholars, called Lunaticks, back to their homes.

Early topics of discussion at the School of Medicine meetings included such subjects as euthanasia, deficiencies in medical education, and eugenics. Later the discussions, held in the home of a host preceptor, moved to Marx, Plato, Tolstoy, Darwin, Freud, Osler and other literary, philosophical and medical giants.

Over the years, the Lunar Society has waxed and waned at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The current manifestation, The Lunar Society – Food for Thought, is a group of students with broad interests both within and outside their current medical endeavors. Members meet regularly to learn, socialize, and discuss topics including literature, ethics, history, and other basic humanities and social sciences.


.4 Cubic Feet (1 oversize flat box)

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Repository Details

Part of the KUMC Archives Repository

University of Kansas Medical Center
2017 Robinson, Mail Stop 1025
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City KS 66160 United States