Thursday, December 18, 2014

New Accession: Woodard, Clarke & Co. Examination Table

This week I'd like to show some images of our new examination table which was recently donated to the Historical Collections & Archives.

To start, here's an image of the table in its "compact" state:

In this state, the table looks relatively compact and measures 45 inches long, 30 inches high and 22 inches wide.  The table include two drawers on either side with a third "fake" drawer screwed into the structure for looks.  Each side also contains a cabinet that rotates outward and contains small shelving.  Unfortunately the shelving is no longer intact.  The lower end of the table (near where the feet would rest) has two stirrup clasps on either side.  The bottom of the table has wheels enclosed in metal "petal" or "claw" shaped coverings.  The table boasts various knobs and handles, most of which do not currently function.

The table contains a substantial capacity for expansion, as seen in the images below:

It's like a wooden Transformer!  
As one can see there are many possibilities for increasing the patients' comfort.  If the patient needs to lie flat, the table can adjust to a full 76 inches in length, or if the patient needs to sit fully erect, the top can be made to stand straight up making the total height from the floor 66 inches.

From conversations with the donor, we learned that the table is oak with metal components for adjusting height and length.  It was purchased 30 years ago in Eugene and has had some restoration work on it.  One of the fascinating aspects of the artifact is that it was sold by Woodard, Clarke & Co. of Portland, Ore.  There are more details pertaining to that company which can be found here:

The company was active between 1902 and 1924 and acted mainly as a distributor of medical, surgical and dental equipment and supplies.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Women, Power, and Reproductive Health Care exhibit - ends this month

If you haven't had a chance to see our current exhibit "Women, Power, and Reproductive Healthcare," in the Main Library, you still have time. The exhibit will run through the end of December, and is open to the public on the 3rd floor of the library.

The exhibit brings a critical perspective to the historical relationship between gender and health care, drawing on a wealth of rare books, archival materials, and artifacts from our collections. Exhibit text and selected images will remain available as a Web exhibit after the physical exhibit ends. In early January, a new exhibit of recent acquisitions from the School of Dentistry will rotate in.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Dr. David Mulder's "Canada's Contribution to 'March Madness'" lecture video

Streaming video of Dr. David Mulder's presentation "Canada's Contribution to 'March Madness': The James Naismith Story" is now available. This was the first lecture in our 2014/2015 series.

Please refer to our Website for a full list of HOM Society lectures, which include videos for lectures given from 2005 to the present.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Theodor Kerckring's Spicilegium anatomicum, 1670

Last month we were lucky to be able to acquire a copy of Theodor Kerckring's Spicilegium anatomicum, published in Amsterdam in 1670. Kerckring (1640-1693) was a Dutch physician, and this book contains many of his important anatomical observations. It is best-known, however, for its many wonderful illustrations.

The title page and the frontispiece have engravings of allegorical figures, which look very heroic and muscular, in true Baroque style.

The book contains detailed observations on the development of the fetal skeleton. These are supported by several striking foldout plates, which some of us here in HC&A consider cute, though others find them creepy!

The unfortunate story of the polydactylous skeleton below is partially translated in this interesting 1940 article by Albert G. Nicholls, "Theodor Kerckring and his 'Spicilegium anatomicum'."  (free from PubMed)

The book is bound with another book by Kerckring, Anthropogeniae ichnographia - meaning we have two books in one volume. The volume once belonged to Dr. Francois Moutier, whose charming bookplate is below:

The volume will be cataloged for our History of Medicine Collection, and available for research in HC&A.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Giving thanks

This year in HC&A, all of us are thankful for the ten months of cooperative effort that led to the creation of this, our new staff work space:

Above: Student assistant Crystal Rodgers has plenty of room for her processing projects!

Above: Even the mighty Indus scanner fits in our new digs!

Believe it or not, this is the first time in almost four years that all HC&A staff have worked together in the same building. Our staff has grown rapidly in the past few years, and we struggled to find appropriate work space in BICC and the Old Library. This fine office space was made available early in 2014. So this year we give thanks to our colleagues in Library Administration, Information & Research Services, and OHSU Facilities & Logistics for helping make it happen. And special thanks to Indus technician Larry Ruud, who finished the job by relocating our overhead scanner last week.

Finally, all of our support staff (currently numbering four student workers, Archives Assistant Jeff Colby, and a to-be-hired Public Services Coordinator) have dedicated work space, and easy access to the supplies and equipment they need to do their jobs! Stop by BICC 243 and say hello if you're in the building!

P.S. As usual, OHSU Library is closed on Thanksgiving, and HC&A will not hold walk-in hours. Enjoy the holiday!