Monday, September 22, 2008

Dow collections grow again!

Last week, we made a trip to Legacy Holladay Park to receive a new donation of materials relating to Robert Stone Dow, MD, PhD. There, we met with Casey Bush and Roger P. Simon, MD, the Robert Stone Dow Chair of Neurology at the Legacy Research Robert S. Dow Neurobiology Laboratories.

Mr. Bush is author of Inside the black box: a biography of Oregon neuroscientist Robert Stone Dow, with which Dow fully cooperated. In the process of researching Dow and his role in neurology in Oregon, Bush collected correspondence, publications, photographs, and other materials. Included in the collection are many reprints of the works of Olof Larsell, PhD, with whom Dow maintained a close relationship. Larsell, as regular readers of this blog will know, was a longtime member of the faculty here at the medical school, internationally recognized for his work on cerebellar anatomy, and the grand old man of Oregon medical history (having penned the magisterial work The Doctor in Oregon.)

We received a copy of the biography along with the background materials, and will soon be receiving a DVD of films of Dow, including footage from his trip to study kuru among the tribes of New Guinea. Also, three separate histories of the Dow Neurological Sciences Center and neuroscience research at Good Samaritan came with the collection, including information about a proposed merger between the Good Sam program and the Dept. of Neurology at the medical school.

This collection compliments the materials in the Robert S. Dow Collection (Accession No. 2008-003) and provides a critical link between Dow's activities here at the medical school and at the OHSU Neurological Sciences Institute, and his work at Good Samaritan and other "downtown" clinics. We are very grateful to Mr. Bush, Dr. Simon, and Legacy Health System for depositing these materials with us.

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