Thursday, May 26, 2011

History of Ophthalmology - The Monographs

I'm very pleased to announce the acquisition of eleven volumes from Wayenborgh Publishing's History of Ophthalmology - The Monographs series. The books are a very thoughtful donation from Donald L. Blanchard, M.D.

Based in Belgium, Wayenborgh has published books on the history of ophthalmology since the 1970s. Books in The History of Opthalmology - The Monographs series are published as supplements to another Wayenborgh series, Julius Hirschberg - History of Opthalmology. The monographs consist of translations of landmark historical texts, as well as original historical research.

Dr. Blanchard's gift consists of the first eleven volumes in this ongoing series:

Volume 1, parts 1 and 2. Richey L. Waugh. The Eye and Man in Ancient Egypt, 1995

Volume 2, parts 1 and 2. Alfred Schett. The Opthalmoscope, 1996

Volume 3. Georg Bartisch. Ophthalmodouleia, 1996

Volume 4, parts 1 and 2. Hugo Magnus. Ophthalmology of the Ancients, 1998

Volume 5. John Jeffries. Lectures on Diseases of the Eye, 1998

Volume 6. Mark Mannis and Avi Mannis. Corneal Transplant: A History in Profiles, 1999

Volume 7, parts 1 and 2. Jean-Paul Wayenborgh et al. IBBO: International Biography and Bibliography of Opthalmologists and Vision Scientists, 2001-2002

Volume 8. Julius Hirschberg. Ophthalmology of Aetius of Amida, 2000

Volume 9. Gunter von Noorden. History of Strabismology, 2002

Volume 10. Saiichi Mishima. History of Opthalmology in Japan, 2004

Volume 11. Benito Daza de Valdes. The Use of Eyeglasses, 2004



This series is a valuable addition to the library's resources on the history of ophthalmology. Volumes 2, 3 and 11 in this series were translated by Dr. Blanchard; we are especially pleased to have these books as documents of his contributions to the field.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Vinyl LP Recordings of Soviet Doctors – Accession No. 2010-020

One of the collections that I have always wanted to dig into a little more here at OHSU HC&A is the Soviet Doctors LP Collection. Currently we have 3 12” vinyl recordings of various medical talks given by Soviet doctors. The three LPs are stored in the Archives stacks in the Old Library. Along with the LPs are included a “Concert Program for the participants of the 9th International Congress of Gerontology” and an English-language version of a Soviet Customs Declaration form.

The LP Cover shown above reads in the upper right-hand corner “Academy of Medical Science USSR – Great Medical Encyclopedia.” Below that, “Lecture of the Academic of the AMH (Academy Medical Science) of the USSR – N. N. Blokhin.”

And finally the title, “Modern Problems in Oncology,” and in tiny letters below, “Read by the Author.”

Fascinating what can be found in the archives!

-- Max Johnson, HC&A Student Assistant

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Old Library portraits project completed


Just about a year ago, Sara blogged about a new project to add gallery labels to the portraits hanging in the Old Library meeting rooms. As she pointed out, "While some of the portrait frames do bear the subject's name and (sometimes) dates, others lack any indication of who the person was and why they rate a big painting in one of the hottest party spots on campus. "

I'm very pleased to announce that this project was completed in April. Each of the twenty portraits is now graced with a gallery label bearing the subject's name, birth and death dates as appropriate, and university affiliation. In many cases, we were also able to identify the artist and the date of the painting.



Portrait subjects include:

David W.E. Baird, M.D. (1898-1974)

Lewis W. Bluemle, Jr., M.D. (1921- )

George Emanuel Burget, Ph.D., 1889-1938

James C. Hawthorne, M.D. (1819-1881)


Charles N. Holman, M.D.

Simeon Edward Josephi, M.D. (1849-1935)

Thomas Martin Joyce, M.D. (1885-1947)

R.E. Kleinsorge, M.D. (1883-1975)

Dr. Olof Larsell (1886-1964)


Leonard Laster, M.D. (1928- )

Leo Sherman Lucas, M.D. (1894-1961)

Harold Bunce Myers, M.D. (1886-1937)

Elnora Elvira Thomson, R.N. (1878-1957)

More information about the portraits and their subjects is available from HC&A - just ask!

Many thanks to the OHSU History of Medicine Society for funding this project.