Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Oregon's health infrastructure in pictures

One of the ContentDM featured collections for September is the University of Oregon's "Building Oregon: Architecture of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest." The blurb reads: "Building Oregon: Architecture of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest provides over 14,000 images and documentation about the architectural heritage of the Pacific Northwest, with special emphasis on Oregon's built environment. In collaboration with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, many images in the collection represent works listed on the National Register of Historic Places. "

Since OHSU was long a part of the UO, and since campus architect Ellis F. Lawrence designed many of the early buildings on the Marquam Hill campus, one might expect that there would be some images of Lawrence's OHSU buildings. Alas, no. But, besides a wealth of photographs of Lawrence's other works, there are many images of health facilities in Oregon. A peak at the "object type" list reveals links to photos of Health and hygiene facilities, Health care facilities, Health resorts, Hospitals, and Sanatoriums. There are some very lovely shots of the Medical Arts Building in downtown Portland. The Vollum Institute, a building designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca, seems to be the only OHSU structure in the collection.

Luckily, we here have many, many photographs of Lawrence's campus structures. Check out these older posts, or search in the OHSU Library's ContentDM collections in the Digital Resources Library.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

That's exhausting!

Some days, that grass looks really good, doesn't it? Here, anatomist William Fitch "Pop" Allen catches some z's on the lawn of the University of Oregon Medical School. Seemingly without a care for all that work piling up... Check out this photo of fellow anatomist Olof Larsell, nearly buried in his journals.

All this by way of illustrating that yet more images from our collections have been loaded into the OHSU Digital Resources Library, including this one of an early EEG machine. Doesn't look a bit like the mysterious Dow apparatus, does it?

Any additional information on any images in the DRL is greatly appreciated, so keep the comments coming!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Old world, new world

Two donations which came in on the same day last week cover the gamut from nineteenth century England to modern day Oregon, and highlight not only the changes in medicine, but the changes in special collections, in the past century.

First, we received fourteen mint-condition reproductions of prints originally published in Vanity Fair magazine in London in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Caricatures of notable men in medicine by the artists known as Ape and Spy, the prints were reproduced in the 1930s. The set came to us in archival plastic enclosures, with complete typed information on donors, provenance, and print history.

The second item we received was a DVD copy of an original VHS recording of En bloc nephrectomy with in situ flushing by John Barry, M.D. Dr. Barry, OHSU surgeon and urologist and longtime director of the kidney transplantation program here, narrates as the surgery is performed. The donor, current executive director of organ procurement and transplant services here at OHSU, told me that this recording served as a kind of how-to tape for him and his colleague, who traveled throughout the Northwest performing the procedure. The DVD is apparently still useful as a teaching tool, since the techniques shown in it are still used.

From art prints donated by a serious collector to a DVD passed along by a clinician, we in special collections take it all and fit it in to the collections in ways that will make the materials discoverable and usable by researchers. All in a day's work!