Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Medical artifacts donation from Dr. Ugo Carpentieri

Today I met with Dr. Ugo Carpentieri, a retired pediatrician and hematologist-oncologist who has worked at OHSU, the University of Texas, and in private practice in his native Italy. Dr. Carpentieri had previously donated an Italian translation of Leo Testut's Traité d´anatomie humaine to HC&A. We are so pleased that he has also chosen to donate a collection of 21 medical artifacts, dating from the late 18th century to the mid-20th century. While some of these items were collected as antiques, others are from Dr. Carpentieri's work as a physician in Italy and the U.S. in the 1940s-1960s.

The collection reflects a wide interest in the history of medicine and technology. Some of my favorite items are a hand pump used to spray DDT in hospitals; a bottle of "Jinx Removing" bath crystals from the 1970s, a stainless steel tongue depressor made especially for Dr. Carpentieri's use by one of his friends, and the beautiful 19th-century monaural stethoscope below:

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