Thursday, November 11, 2010

Stories from the Clippings

Dressed to Heal
Fashion is fickle. Like the leaves of a tree, stlye comes and then goes round again, one cycle on the heels of another. Spring and summer's array of soft and velvety greens transforms into fall's yellows, shades of purple, pink, bright orange and yellow flashes of light; seasons change and seemingly moments later the leaves turn dry and brown and blow away in the wind. But in the seamless turn of the seasons, the trees return once again to their glorious splendor just as we become accustomed to the tree's winter austere attire.

Campus photographs in the Archives bear witness to the seasons of campus fashion as it has changed through the years. In years gone by campus attire held a more formal stance. Students could be seen lying about on the grass having picnics in summer and having snowball fights in winter, sitting, listening to lectures or sleeping. Male students were most always in shirts, ties and slacks, while female students wore skirts and dresses and all identified by their neatly ironed white coats. Nursing students are seen in starched white uniforms and stockings. But times have changed.

On August 8, 1954, the Oregonian published a shoot by photographer, Carl Vermilya showing back to school clothes for the college bound. Among the local settings chosen for the project was the University of Oregon Medical School. Here you see 5 young women in front of Mac Hall with the Old Library in the background. The journalists point out that UOMS "has few girls but does offer a suitable photo setting".

These days residents and students alike dress for the rigors of life on the front-line. One must look at campus badges to make out the difference between a medical, dental or nursing student. When on duty, most everyone is in scrubs.

As an observant archivist, I've noticed the changes in fashion through the years. As I process photographs and watch the students on campus going about their business, what I see is a huge change between the more formal "then" and the more casual "now". Now, students wear sandals, shorts and t-shirts when the days turn warm, and fleeces, sweatshirts, weatherproof jackets and jeans as summer turns into fall and as the damp, cold days of winter require more protection.

To be fair, today I did see
two young men out of 50 in the cafeteria, one with a shirt and tie and another in slacks and sport shirt.
And there are those days during the year when prospective students arrive for their interviews and all are in shiny black dress shoes and dark suits, men and women alike.

It appears that tradition still has a place, and it makes me wonder, if like the the leaves of the tree that return in their season, if foramlity might once again return to campus fashion.

History of Medicine Society Lecture: “Charles R. Drew, MD, FACS – Surgical Paragon”

The OHSU History of Medicine Society invites you to the next presentation in the History of Medicine Society Lecture Series:

“Charles R. Drew, MD, FACS – Surgical Paragon”

Guest speaker: LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Public lecture: 12:15 p.m.

Refreshments served at noon

Location: Vey Auditorium, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, 11th Floor

LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S. the Charles R. Drew professor of Surgery, Howard University College of Medicine, is a surgeon, oncologist, medical educator, and leader in professional and civic organizations.

He was born on May 22, 1930, in Tallahassee, Florida and grew up in Quincy, Florida. At age eighteen, he was awarded the Bachelor of Science degree (summa cum laude), from Florida A&M College. In 1952 he received his M.D. degree from the Howard University College of Medicine, ranking first in his class. From 1952 through 1959 his medical training continued as an intern at Homer G. Phillips Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, assistant resident in surgery at Freedmen's Hospital, and senior fellow in cancer surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He began his military career at the rank of Captain, serving as Chief of General Surgery at the United States Army Hospital in Munich, Germany. He joined the Howard University faculty in 1962. In addition to teaching, he has served as Acting Dean of the School of Medicine, and Chairman of the Department of Surgery, a position he held for twenty-five years. In 1992, he was named the Charles R. Drew Professor, a position he currently holds. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Gastroenterology. Dr. Leffall has served as Visiting Professor and Guest Lecturer at more than 200 medical institutions in the United States and abroad. He has authored or coauthored more than 130 articles and chapters. His professional life has been devoted to the study of cancer, particularly among African-Americans. In 1979 as national president of the American Cancer Society, he launched a program (the first of this type) that focused on the challenge of cancer in Black Americans with special attention to the increasing incidence and mortality of cancer in this group. Completing his forty-second year on the Howard University faculty, he has taught approximately 4,500 medical students and helped train nearly 250 general surgery residents.

He was the first African-American President of the American Cancer Society, Society of Surgical Oncology, Society of Surgical Chairmen, the Washington Academy of Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons. He has received ten honorary degrees, among them: Howard University, Florida A&M University, Georgetown University and Amherst College. In 1987 The Biennial LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. Award was established by the M.D. Anderson Hospital, the Tumor Institute, and the Intercultural Cancer Council, in Houston, Texas. This award recognizes Dr. Leffall’s contributions to cancer prevention, treatment, and education in minority and economically disadvantaged communities. In 1989, the citizens of Quincy, Florida named a street, a path, and the surgical wing in the Gadsden Memorial Hospital in his honor. The LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. Surgical Society was formed in March 1995; the Leffall Chair in Surgery was established in February 1996; and the Metropolitan Washington Chapter of the American College of Surgeons established the LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. Prize in 1996. He was named Distinguished Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Leffall and his family established the Martha J. and LaSalle D. Leffall, Sr. Endowed Scholarship Fund and Endowed Professorship in Science at Florida A & M University in 1997 in honor of his mother and father. His memoirs entitled “Grace Notes—A Cancer Surgeon’s Odyssey,” will be published by the Howard University Press in 2004.

In addition to his professorship at Howard University; he is also currently chairman of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; the President’s Cancer Panel; the Board of Directors of the National Dialogue on Cancer. Dr. Leffall and his wife Ruthie have one son, LaSalle, III an honors graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Law and Business Schools. He is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Housing Partnership Foundation in Washington, D.C. Dr. Leffall is an avid supporter of jazz music. Because of his long-standing and close relationship with Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, Dr. Leffall represents an important link with one of the most imposing figures in modern jazz.

The lecture is free and open to the public. If you have a disability and need an accommodation to attend or participate in this event please contact Chris Shaffer (503-494-6057) at least five business days prior to the event.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A short introduction

Allow me to introduce myself: Maija Anderson, the new Head, Historical Collections & Archives at OHSU Library. On my second full day in the office, I’m amazed by the accomplishments of my predecessor, Sara Piasecki. Her leadership and vision will inspire me as I step into this new role. I also feel very fortunate to be working with such dedicated colleagues within HC&A and throughout the library. I look forward to getting acquainted with our researchers and donors, and with the Northwest special collections and archives community.

I come to OHSU from University of Chicago, where I worked as an archivist at the Special Collections Research Center. I hold an M.A. in Library Science from University of Missouri-Columbia, an M.A. in Art History from University of Chicago, and a B.A. in Art History from the University of Oregon’s Clark Honors College. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to expand my knowledge of the history of medicine, and bring my background in social history and material culture to our unique collections. As a special collections librarian, I have a strong interest in issues of access and outreach, and recently spoke on these topics at the Midwest Archives Conference and the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists. Later this week, I’ll be in California for Reimagining the Archive: Remapping and Remixing Traditional Models in the Digital Era, an exciting symposium hosted by UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television.

As Emily announced, I’ll be taking the reins of our blog starting this week. My sincere appreciation goes out to Emily and Karen for their blogging efforts in this interim period. As I continue to develop OHSU Library’s Historical Collections & Archives, I look forward to sharing the experience with you on the blog.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Turning a New Leaf

...while the others fall to the ground during Portland's autumn.

Thanks to andy in nyc for use of this image
I've been blogging for Historical Collections & Archives for the past two months and my (!) what I have learned and seen. But it's time for me to turn over this duty to our new History of Medicine Librarian, Maija Anderson. She's starting today and will be taking the reigns of Historical Notes from OHSU.

There were many topics that I wanted to address but the time has passed quickly. There's the North Pacific College of Dentistry materials we've received, the mystery skeleton skull sitting atop the antique piece of furniture just behind Karen's desk, and that orange jacketed book I can see from where I'm sitting right now: Observations in Midwifery.

I've a soft spot for special collections and archival material-- my first library job being technician in a library's Special Collections and Archives department. Here's hoping I get to contribute more to our History of Medicine and Archives collections in the future.