Monday, March 16, 2009

Transference: new gems to love

Another passel of rare and medium-rare items from the circulating collection in the OHSU Library's offsite storage recently made the grade for transfer to the historical collections. More than twenty-five titles were pulled and relocated to the History of Medicine, History of Dentistry, or Pacific Northwest Archives collections, including the following:

The College of Nursing and Cowdray Club.
London (Henrietta Street, Cavendish Square); The College and Club, [192-]
(Shown here). Originally called the Nation's Nurses and Professional Women's Club, Ltd., the Cowdray Club was established in 1922. Annie Pearson, the first Viscountess Cowdray, was a great supporter of both the Club and the College of Nursing, and had purchased 20 Cavendish Square as a "social club" for nurses. The OHSU copy is one of only two shown in OCLC's WorldCat.

Goodrich, Annie Warburton, b. 1866. The social and ethical significance of nursing; a series of addresses, by Annie Warburton Goodrich ...
New York, The Macmillan Company, 1932.
OHSU copy has label with author's signature affixed to half-title.
Dean of the Yale University School of Nursing from 1923 to 1934, Goodrich had established the United States Student Nurse Reserve (Army School of Nursing) in 1918. This is one of the earliest titles in nursing ethics currently held by OHSU.

Frost, Roland A. Practice dentistry and make a profit / by Roland A. Frost.
Portland, Ore. : Binfords & Mort, c1939.
One of only eight copies listed in WorldCat of this local title.

Jackson, Chevalier, 1865-1958. Peroral endoscopy and laryngeal surgery, by Chevalier Jackson.
Saint Louis, Mo., The Laryngoscope company, 1915.
Scarce first edition of this important work from the pioneer in endoscopy.

Rademaker, G. G. J. (Gijsbertus Godefriedus Johannes), 1887-1957. Das Stehen; statische Reaktionen, Gleichgewichtsreaktionen und Muskeltonus, unter besonderer Ber├╝cksichtigung ihres Vergaktens bei kleinhirnlosen Tieren.
Berlin, Springer, 1931.
"In 1924, using his considerable surgical skill, [Rademaker] set out to study the long term survival of animals following total removal of the cerebellum, and later, of animals from whom he had removed both cerebral hemispheres. There resulted the remarkable monograph Das Stehen, primarily an analysis of cerebellar deficit, but with much wider significance in relation to the neurological mechanisms of righting, standing and equilibrium. The original monograph is a mine of carefully documented information defining precisely the part played by the many cutaneous, proprioceptive and labyrinthine reactions that are the fundamental features of regulation of posture and equilibrium. That the cerebellum is not in fact an essential part of the mechanism of any of the labyrinthine reactions was an extraordinary finding" (Denny-Brown in his Preface to the recent English translation--The Physiology of Standing--of Das Stehen, pp. v-vi).

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