Friday, December 08, 2006

Walter Dandy, American neurosurgeon

The other day, Dr. C. Conrad Carter, former faculty member in the OHSU Department of Neurology , dropped by to chat about the A.J. McLean Collection of papers. One thing lead to another, we discussed the upcoming exhibit on McLean scheduled for Spring 2007 and the Cushing lecture being given on May 18, and the name of Walter Dandy came up in the conversation.

Like McLean, Dandy was a student of Harvey Cushing at the Hunterian Laboratory at Johns Hopkins at the dawn of the 20th century. Also like McLean, Dandy was considered "difficult" by many of his colleagues. Fortunately for Dandy, his children have gone on to balance the historical record. His daughter, Mary Ellen Dandy Marmaduke, published Walter Dandy: the personal side of a premier neurosurgeon in 2002 under the sponsorship of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. No library in our Summit consortium owns this title, and neither did OHSU--until Dr. Carter decided to donate his personal copy to our collections. He received it directly from the author, who is now a Health Education Consultant here in Portland.

Marmaduke tells stories of her experience as a teenager watching her father perform operations. The book itself is filled with personal photographs of Walter Dandy and his family, fishing, vacationing, even playing with blocks. Luckily for the OHSU community, Marmaduke will be coming to campus to give a talk on Dandy: December 18, 2006, at 7:00 a.m. in the 12th floor conference room of the Hatfield Research Center. The talk is being sponsored by the OHSU Dept. of Neurosurgery. Interested OHSU faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. For those of you not able to attend, I'll recap the lecture highlights here on that Monday.

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