Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New resource for the history of radiology in Oregon

Last Friday, we received from the Honorable Keith Raines a collection of papers and artifacts belong to his late father, radiologist J. Richard Raines, MD.

Dr. Raines was born in Oklahoma in 1911, and received his medical training at the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine. After service in World War II, he relocated to Portland in 1948 and established a private practice here in town. The collection includes correspondence, certificates and awards, reprints, photographs, and information on Raines' involvement with the Oregon Medical Association and its legislative activities. Among the artifacts included in the collection is the first roentgen ray tube used in the state of Oregon.

The collection also includes a box of materials belonging to Ivan Woolley, MD, Portland radiologist, University of Oregon Medical School graduate (1916), and author of the book Roentgenology in Oregon: the first fifty years (1955). Correspondence pertaining to Woolley's historical research, as well as a manuscript copy of the book, is now available and will compliment the materials in the collection donated by Woolley himself before his death (Accession 2002-004).

Those interested in the history of radiology in Oregon will also be interested to know that Kenneth Stevens, MD, emeritus chair of radiology at OHSU, is developing a talk on the history of radiation oncology in Oregon for a January talk in the History of Medicine Society Lecture Series. Keep an eye on the lectures web site for more details as they become available,.

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