Tuesday, May 05, 2009

In lasting memorial: Dianna Mack Andes, 1949-2008

On Christmas Eve 2008, the OHSU Library lost a longtime employee and great friend. Dianna Mack Andes had worked with three library directors in her 38-year tenure, and knew more about the university and its mysterious ways than most of the rest of us ever will.

Dianna had also undergone three open heart surgeries during her lifetime, and was an early recipient of a Starr-Edwards heart valve. She was really excited when Historical Collections & Archives received a significant collection of Starr-Edwards valves from perfusionist Jeri Dobbs in 2006. She was very supportive of efforts to collect and preserve the history of the university and the history of medicine, so it is fitting that monies collected in her name have been used to purchase a significant work in cardiovascular surgery for the History of Medicine Collection.

Mathieu Jaboulay (1860-1913) was a French surgeon who pioneered several surgical techniques, developed an anastomosis button for gastrointestinal repairs, and attempted the first kidney transplant. He is most celebrated, however, for being the first to perform the operation of sympathectomy for the relief of vascular disease. Chirurgie du grand sympathique et du corps thyroïde (les différents goitres). Articles originaux at observations réunis et publiés par E. Martin (Paris, O. Doin, 1900) is widely considered to be his most important work. Of the titles listed under Cardiovascular Surgery in Garrison-Morton, it was the only monographic work that the OHSU collections lacked.

An obituary for M. Jaboulay, published in the Nov. 29, 1913, issue of the British Medical Journal, noted that he was "in reality most affectionate, and to intimate friends most open, fascinating, and generous. He was a man of rare disinterestedness, and was held in the highest respect by his colleagues. His loss is greatly felt..." And so this work is a doubly fitting memorial for a woman whose great warmth and deep integrity will be greatly missed.

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