Thursday, May 19, 2011

New HOM Society acquistion - Reminiscences of George Martin Kober

Through the generosity of the OHSU History of Medicine Society, we were recently able to acquire a fascinating document of frontier medicine:

Kober, George M. Reminiscences of George Martin Kober, Emeritus Dean and Professor of Hygiene of the School of Medicine, and Member of the Board of Regents, Georgetown University, Washington, D. C. Washington, D. C.: Kober Foundation of Georgetown University, 1930.

George Martin Kober, M.D., L.L.D. (1850-1931) spent much of his early career as an Army surgeon in the American West. Between 1874-1888 he held post surgeon appointments in California, Nevada, Idaho, and Oregon. This memoir includes detailed descriptions of frontier health conditions and military life, biographical sketches of his colleagues, and reports on encounters with Native Americans. As a dog person, I also appreciate his occasional remarks on the subject of “canine sagacity.”

The George M. Kober Papers are held at Georgetown University Library's Special Collections.

The book will be cataloged for the library’s Historical Collections & Archives, and available for research in the History of Medicine Room. Many thanks to the HOM Society for making this acquisition possible!

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