Wednesday, July 01, 2009

New (old) books by alumni

Four new books with alumni connections, plus an exhibition catalog from the High Desert Museum, top this week's new print acquisitions list:

The life and career of Alberta Lucille / Dr. Alan L. Hart with collected early writings / [compilation and design, Jeremy Skinner ; exhibit and editorial, Jeremy Skinner, Doug Erickson, Paul Merchant].
Portland, Or. : Friends of the Aubrey Watzek Library, Lewis & Clark College, 2003.
We've shared some information before about Lucille/Alan Hart, a 1917 graduate of the University of Oregon Medical School. From the pamphlet:
"This introduction to the life and career of Alberta Lucille Hart/Dr. Alan L. Hart builds on two earlier sources: a 1999 presentation by Brian Booth and Thomas Lauderdale sponsored by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, and a 2002 exhibit at the Aubrey Watzek Library at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon, presenting a number of items from Brian Booth's collection and the College archives."

Miller, Vern W.
Reminiscences and peregrinations / by Vern W. Miller.
[Salem, OR : The author, [1983?]
Dr. Miller was a 1930 graduate of UOMS, and a native of Scio and Aumsville, Oregon. This memoir contains the usual collection of anecdotes both humorous and instructive: "I finally was admitted to medical school in the fall of 1926. I knew no one, I was quite young, and unfortunately broke.... They gave me a box of bones, several big books and voluminous assignments. I went to my first class and we had an examination. My grade was a minus ten!"

Stern, Thomas L., 1920-
House calls : recollections of a family physician / Thomas L. Stern.
Wilsonville, Or. : BookPartners, c2000.
Dr. Stern, a 1950 graduate of UOMS, reminds us on the back of his book that he was Robert Young's role model for the character of Marcus Welby. Does this sound like Welby to you?:
"Medical school started with a bang. There were seventy-five of us, eight of whom were women--a remarkably high ratio for the times. It was the avowed purpose of the faculty to flunk out anyone who couldn't stand the pressure. My worst bang was in the Department of Human Anatomy; we didn't get along. The chairman of the department was a sadist who delighted in torturing the students he felt were inferior..."

Folin, Otto, 1867-1934.
Laboratory manual of biological chemistry, with supplement, by Otto Folin.
New York, London, D. Appleton and Co., 1922.[3d ed.]
No, it's true that Otto Folin was not a graduate of UOMS. However, this particular copy is extensively marked up with the notes of Dwight Hair Findley (as in the image shown here), graduate of the Class of 1931 .

Boyd, Robert G.
Strong medicine / text by Robert Boyd, Curator of Western Heritage, and Vivian Adams, Curator of Native Heritage.
Bend, Or. : High Desert Museum , 1998.
This well-illustrated exhibition brochure, from a display mounted at the Brooks Gallery from May 1998-May 1999, provides a good overview of desert medicine from Native American remedies to the air ambulance.

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