Thursday, September 29, 2011

Galen in the classroom

Last week I posted about bringing our 1638 edition of Hippocrates' Aphorisms to the History of Medicine I class. It was fun to introduce some curious medical students to their first rare book - While some of them were hesitant to even touch something so ancient (one made a reference to the "Don't even look at it" scene from This is Spinal Tap), many respectfully held the book and turned the pages. I got some great questions about the history of book production and use, too.

Here's what I'll be bringing to tomorrow's class:

This is an edition of the works of Galen, printed in Basel between 1561-1562. While last week's book was quite petite, this is practically monumental. The works were printed in 8 volumes and then bound in 5 volumes, generously folio-sized.

I'm intrigued by the inscription of one T. (or maybe F.?) Willoughby, presumably one of the book's previous owners. Anyone want to try to decipher the characters next to his name?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

OHSU History of Medicine Society lecture: "Doctors and the Death of History"

I announced our 2011/2012 OHSU History of Medicine Society lecture series just a couple weeks ago - we are already getting set for our first lecture of this season, on October 7th. This year we are very pleased to be able to bring guest speaker Dr. Simon Chaplin all the way from The Wellcome Library in London. The OHSU History of Medicine Society lectures are open to the public, so I hope to see you there!

“Doctors and the Death of History”
Guest speaker: Simon Chaplin, Ph.D.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Public lecture: 12:15pm
Refreshments served at noon
Location: Old Library Auditorium

Dr. Simon Chaplin is Head of the Wellcome Library. Located in London, England, the library is one of the world’s leading research centers for the history of medicine and the medical humanities. Since joining the Wellcome Library in 2010, Dr. Chaplin has been responsible for leading a major digitization program focusing on the history of genetics, which will form the pilot for the full-scale digitization of the library’s collections. Prior to joining the Wellcome Library, Dr. Chaplin was Director of Museums and Special Collections at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, where he led the 2005 refurbishment of the Hunterian Museum, a collection based on the anatomical museum of the eighteenth-century surgeon John Hunter. Dr. Chaplin’s received a B.A. in natural sciences from Cambridge University (1991), and a Ph.D. in history from King’s College, London (2009), completing a dissertation on the history of anatomical museums. Dr. Chaplin is a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London, was the Hunterian Orator for the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2010, and was also elected a fellow of the college’s dental faculty.

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 Maija Anderson (503-418-2287) at least five business days prior to the event.