Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Storage gems of the week

In this week's session of looking through materials at offsite storage, I came across two little gems.

The first is a fascinating little study titled End of the Oregon Trail: suicides: 1894 through 1974 by UOMS faculty members Jim Shore, MD, and Betty Arvidson, PhD. Although the first reported episode of self-injury in the Pacific Northwest was recorded by Lewis & Clark on October 5-6, 1805, the first written record of suicide in the area dates from 1894. Interestingly, the study found that the suicide rate in Multnomah County, OR, declined from 37 per 100,000 in the 1890s to 14 per 100,000 in the 1960s. While most suicides were Caucasians, there was apparently an "epidemic" of suicide among the Chinese population of the county in the first part of the 20th century; Shore and Arvidson postulate that some of these so-called "suicides" were in fact murders perpetrated during the "Tong Wars." This study of suicide in the Portland area has now been relocated to the PNW Archives Collection.

Below is a photograph which had been tucked inside one of the books in the H's. I'm not aware of any "lost souls"-type websites for pet photos, such as there are for photos of people, but someone out there might recognize these two playful puppies:

1 comment:

Janet said...

That puppy photo appears to have been taken in an elegant room, possibly a library in an old, expensive home. The shelves look almost like the shelves in the History of Medicine Room, and the feet on the table look like they belong to a pricey antique.