Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Happy holidays from HC&A!

Happy holidays to you and yours from the staff of OHSU Historical Collections & Archives!


HC&A will be closed on Dec. 24-25, and again on December 31-January 1. We will hold Thursday walk-in hours as usual, and you are welcome to contact us to schedule a research appointment. As we take time away to spend with family and friends, blog postings will be light. I recommend curling up by the fire with a copy of Kim Jensen's Oregon's Doctor to the World instead!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wendy Moore "John Hunter, the Once and Future Surgeon" lecture video


Streaming video of Wendy Moore's presentation "John Hunter, the Once and Future Surgeon" is now available on our Website. This was the third lecture in our 2012/2013 season.

Please refer to our Website for a full list of HOM Society lectures, which include videos for lectures given from 2005 to the present.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

History of disability site from English Heritage

Last week, English Heritage launched A History of Disability: From 1100 to the Present Day, a major new online resource on disability history. Images and narrative reveal how the disabled lived, how they were perceived by society, and how they influenced the built environment for 900+ years of English history. 

The content is rich, diverse, and in-depth, making it a terrific resource for those interested in disability history, as well as the history of mental health, and even in the social history of architecture.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Visit to Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health

Earlier this week I had a great visit at the new Oregon State Hospital Museum of Mental Health in Salem. I joined several other members of the OMEF History of Medicine in Oregon Committee on a tour led by the museum's wonderful staff, who are highly professional and dedicated volunteers. They allowed me to take a few snapshots of the building and the exhibits (I must apologize for the poor quality of my phone snapshots)



Above: The museum occupies about 2500 square feet of the massive hospital building, which you might recognize from One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest.




Above: A cabinet displaying a selection of the museum's collection of thousands of artifacts.


Above: More medical artifacts, including electroconvulsive therapy equipment.


Above: Musical instruments, records, film projectors, radios, and other entertainment for patients.




Above: A famous prop from One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest.



Above: Reconstruction of a typical patient room. 



Above: Reconstruction of tunnels used for transporting equipment and supplies between buildings.


The volunteers have done an incredible job selecting artifacts from the collection, creating fascinating displays, and interpreting the hospital's story in a way that honors and respects its patients and staff.


Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Scavenger Hunt winners announced!

The grand prize winners of the OHSU 125th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt were announced last Friday. The first prize went to "Extracellular Matrix," a team of biomedical researchers.


Above: Team Extracellular Matrix completes clue #83, locating a Starr-Edwards heart valve. Their 1,207 points earned them $250 each. Other top prizes went to "P-Man and the Fab 5," a team of cancer researchers; and team "61+One" a group from various departments who ride the #61 bus together every morning!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

OHSU History of Medicine Society lecture - tomorrow!

Please join us tomorrow in the OHSU Auditorium for our third History of Medicine Society lecture of the season:


“John Hunter, The Once and Future Surgeon:  Why the work of an eighteenth-century pioneer is still relevant today”
Wendy Moore, author and journalist
Friday, November 30, 2012
Public lecture: 12:15pm
Refreshments served at noon
Location: Old Library Auditorium

Wendy Moore is a British journalist and author. Her first book, The Knife Man: The Extraordinary Life and Times of John Hunter, Father of Modern Surgery was published in 2005 and won the Medical Journalists’ Association Consumer Book Award. Her second book,Wedlock: How Georgian Britain’s Worst Husband Met His Match, was published in 2009 and reached number one on the Sunday Timesbestseller list. She is currently working on her third book, due for publication in early 2013. As an award-winning freelance journalist specializing in health issues, Moore has been published in national newspapers, the British Medical Journal, and History Today. She currently writes a column on medical history for the BMJ. Her combined interest in medicine and history led to her taking the diploma in the history of medicine with the Society of Apothecaries (DHMSA) in 1999, earning the Macabbean prize for the best dissertation. 

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.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Scavenger Hunt update!

Earlier this month I posted about the OHSU 125th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt, one of many special events planned to celebrate our university's big birthday. The Scavenger Hunt ran from November 2nd to 19th and was a huge success. In the last few days of the event, we hosted a steady stream of hunters looking for clues in the History of Medicine Room. Most of them were first-time visitors, and it was great fun to introduce so many new people to HC&A.




Above: A team of nursing students researching clues in the History of Medicine Room.

As a judge, I was absolutely staggered when I found out that we had received over 50 entries! I've only peeked at a few of the entries so far, but a truly impressive level of creativity and energy went into many of them. If you're an OHSU employee or student, watch the Staff News blog this week as we begin announcing the winners!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Giving thanks

Historical Collections & Archives will be closed this Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. We have many, many things to be thankful for in HC&A, but today I want to express special gratitude to our six volunteers:

Scott Deskins is a longtime volunteer on archival processing projects. He won last year's "Commitment to Service" award from Volunteer Services.

Kathleen Feduccia is indexing oral history interviews and helping control the deluge of documentation generated by our oral history program.

Stormie Holguin spends her time with us processing the Wilbur Van Zile papers.

Don Oura transferred to our department from a previous volunteer assignment, and is enjoying his work on archival processing.

Tina Weyland has worked tirelessly on reviewing hundreds of books donated for our collections.

Carrie Willman, a former manager in the library, still volunteers time whenever she can on indexing oral histories.

Our volunteers' work has a direct impact on our ability to serve our researchers and preserve our collections. I am both grateful and humbled that they take time away from their busy schedules - which often include work, school, and family commitments - to make these contributions.

Monday, November 19, 2012

New exhibit: Herbert Miller and the Boys of North Pacific College: Blood and Substance

We are pleased to announce the exhibit Herbert Miller and the Boys of North Pacific College: Blood and Substance. Focusing on the history of our School of Dentistry's predecessor institution, the exhibit brings together photographs, documents and artifacts from our collections.



The exhibit is on view from November-February 2013, and is open to the public. It is located on the OHSU campus, BICC building 3rd floor, Main Library lobby.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

OHSU History of Medicine Society lecture: "John Hunter, the Once and Future Surgeon"



“John Hunter, The Once and Future Surgeon:  Why the work of an eighteenth-century pioneer is still relevant today”
Wendy Moore, author and journalist
Friday, November 30, 2012
Public lecture: 12:15pm
Refreshments served at noon
Location: Old Library Auditorium

Wendy Moore is a British journalist and author. Her first book, The Knife Man: The Extraordinary Life and Times of John Hunter, Father of Modern Surgery was published in 2005 and won the Medical Journalists’ Association Consumer Book Award. Her second book, Wedlock: How Georgian Britain’s Worst Husband Met His Match, was published in 2009 and reached number one on the Sunday Times bestseller list. She is currently working on her third book, due for publication in early 2013. As an award-winning freelance journalist specializing in health issues, Moore has been published in national newspapers, the British Medical Journal, and History Today. She currently writes a column on medical history for the BMJ. Her combined interest in medicine and history led to her taking the diploma in the history of medicine with the Society of Apothecaries (DHMSA) in 1999, earning the Macabbean prize for the best dissertation. 

Friday, November 09, 2012

New images in the Digital Resources Library

We've just added some great "slice of life" images to the Digital Resources Library:


Above: Joseph A. Beeman, M.D. lectures to a medical school class, circa 1954


Above: The School of Dentistry class of 1992 on a beach retreat, 1988

Above: Herbert Griswold, M.D. and Albert Starr, M.D. (second and third from right, respectively) relax with colleagues, circa 1960s

Above: A cartoon of H.C. Fixott, M.D. reveals the hazards of careless use of x-ray technology

Monday, November 05, 2012

OPB documentary on Oregon woman suffrage

On November 5, 1912, Oregon women won the right to vote. Tonight, Oregon Public Broadcasting is premiering The Suffragists, part of the Oregon Experience documentary series.

Women physicians - many of them alumnae of our medical school - were among the leaders in Oregon's suffrage movement. Notable among them is Dr. Esther Pohl Lovejoy, who will be represented in the documentary. Lovejoy's biographer, Kim Jensen, narrates two video extras on the documentary's Website.

This morning, OPB radio also ran the story Oregon Suffrage Movement Coalesced around Milk Safety Issue, illustrated with a beautiful photograph from the Esther Pohl Lovejoy collection.



Many congratulations to Century of Action, the public history project dedicated to celebrating the centennial, and advancing public understanding of women's citizenship.



Friday, November 02, 2012

Scavenger Hunt!

The OHSU 125th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt is on!

The event runs Nov. 2 through 19 and is open to OHSU students and employees. If you fit that description, you can log in to O2 and get the clues and the rules from the Staff News blog.

I was delighted to join the team that's managing the Scavenger Hunt - it was a lot of fun to think of ways to highlight OHSU history in way that would be fun and engaging for our whole community. My favorite clue:

121. Go team! Recreate this beloved photo of OHSU’s 1894 School of Medicine football team 


Looking forward to helping judge the entries later this month!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

History of Dentistry Room relocating



One of OHSU Library's treasures is the History of Dentistry Collection, consisting of over 600 rare 19th-20th century books on dental practice and education. In 1978-1979, a History of Dentistry Room was established at the Dental Library to house this collection. In 2003, the collection was moved to OHSU’s Main Library: a meeting room in the library’s Administration department became the next History of Dentistry Room. I am pleased to announce that in 2012-2013, the History of Dentistry Room will be relocating to a new, dedicated space on the 4th floor of the library. The new room will offer improved security and environmental control, better visibility and access for library patrons, and additional space for the growing collection.

The book collection will remain accessible for research throughout the transition. For security purposes, it will be temporarily located in closed stacks space in the library until the new room has been prepared.

We hope to complete the transition in early 2013, and we’re looking forward to showing off the new room when it’s complete!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Shelley McKellar "Surgical Transgressions?" lecture video


Streaming video of Shelley McKellar's presentation "Surgical Transgressions? Michael DeBakey, Denton Cooley, and the Controversial Artificial Heart Case of 1969" is available on our Website. This was the second lecture in our 2012/2013 season.

Please refer to our Website for a full list of HOM Society lectures, which include videos for lectures given from 2005 to the present.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

OHSU History of Medicine Society lecture - tomorrow!

Please join us tomorrow in the OHSU Auditorium for the second lecture in our 2012/2013 season:

OHSU History of Medicine Society Lecture:
“Surgical Transgressions? Michael DeBakey, Denton Cooley and the Controversial Artificial Heart Case of 1969”
Shelley McKellar, Ph.D., University of Western Ontario
Friday, October 26, 2012
Public lecture: 12:15pm
Refreshments served at noon
Location: Old Library Auditorium

Shelley McKellar, Ph.D. is the Jason Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. She studies the history of medicine and disease, with a special interest in the history of medical technology, the history of surgery, and medical biography. Professor McKellar received a Ph.D. in History at the University of Toronto, under the noted medical historian Michael Bliss. In 2003, she published Surgical Limits: The Life of Gordon Murray, a biography of the Toronto heart surgeon. Her book on medical devices, Medicine and Technology in Canada, 1900-1950 was published in 2008. She is currently working on book projects related to artificial heart technology and disease screening. At the University of Western Ontario, Professor McKellar teaches history of medicine courses and curates the university’s Medical Artifact Collection.

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.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

More campus views in the Digital Resources Library

The Digital Resources Library is rich with historic views of our Marquam Hill campus - and we're adding more all the time! Here are just a few of the latest:


 An early view of campus, circa 1920s


 A view from the medical school's hospital (now OHSU Hospital), with the library in the background, circa 1950.

 Aerial view, circa 1965



A view from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, circa 1991

Thursday, October 18, 2012

OHSU History of Medicine Society lecture: "Surgical Transgressions? Michael DeBakey, Denton Cooley and the Controversial Artificial Heart Case of 1969"







OHSU History of Medicine Society Lecture:
“Surgical Transgressions? Michael DeBakey, Denton Cooley and the Controversial Artificial Heart Case of 1969”
Shelley McKellar, Ph.D., University of Western Ontario
Friday, October 26, 2012
Public lecture: 12:15pm
Refreshments served at noon
Location: Old Library Auditorium

Shelley McKellar, Ph.D. is the Jason Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario. She studies the history of medicine and disease, with a special interest in the history of medical technology, the history of surgery, and medical biography. Professor McKellar received a Ph.D. in History at the University of Toronto, under the noted medical historian Michael Bliss. In 2003, she published Surgical Limits: The Life of Gordon Murray, a biography of the Toronto heart surgeon. Her book on medical devices, Medicine and Technology in Canada, 1900-1950 was published in 2008. She is currently working on book projects related to artificial heart technology and disease screening. At the University of Western Ontario, Professor McKellar teaches history of medicine courses and curates the university’s Medical Artifact Collection.

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.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Oregon's Doctor to the World book launch

Yesterday's mail brought us copies of Kimberly Jensen's new book, Oregon's Doctor to the World: Esther Pohl Lovely and a Life in Activism, hot off the University of Washington presses!


As regular readers of this blog know, Kim's research drew heavily on HC&A's collections of Esther Pohl Lovejoy's papers, photographs and artifacts. We are enormously proud to have supported Kim's research, and congratulate her on the publication of her second book.

Oregon Historical Society is hosting Kim's book launch on October 22, at 7pm. Admission is free, but requires an RSVP to 503-306-5214. Hope to see you there!

Friday, October 12, 2012

History of Medicine in Oregon project launches new Website

Since 2006, HC&A has been a proud partner of the Oregon Medical Education Foundation's History of Medicine in Oregon project. The first stage of the project resulted in a collection of oral history interviews with leaders in Oregon medical practice and education. The OMEF now seeks to build educational content that will interpret Oregon's contributions to medical history for a general audience. The first step in this direction was the History of Medicine in Oregon website, which launched today.


The Website includes a timeline of milestones in Oregon medical history, an extensive list of resources for medical history researchers, a selection of video "Medical Moments," and fascinating "Did You Know?" factoids. Images from OHSU Historical Collections & Archives are featured throughout. 


Tuesday, October 09, 2012

OHSU is 125!




On October 5, 1887, the University of Oregon Medical School held its first day of lectures. This week, OHSU kicked off an exciting series of community events in celebration of our quasquicentennial.

We in Historical Collections & Archives are excited about the opportunity to share OHSU history though some very special events that we are planning with colleagues throughout the OHSU community -  watch this space for updates!

Friday, October 05, 2012

Last call for the Archives Crawl!

The Oregon Archives Crawl is tomorrow, October 6th!

Karen and I will be staffing the HC&A table at Portland State University's Miller Library - come by to say hello and see some treasures from our archives!

Monday, October 01, 2012

OHSU's first heart transplant - press conference video

Some colleagues in OHSU Strategic Communications just brought to my attention a YouTube video of a press conference held the night after OHSU's first heart transplant operation.


The video includes comments from former OHSU President Leonard Laster, M.D., and discussion with Al Starr, M.D., who led the surgery. There is also some brief footage of the surgical team at work. The surgery took place on December 4, 1985. The patient was Wesley Merrill, a 44-year-old construction worker.

The OHSUvideo YouTube channel is a great source for footage of historic moments at OHSU. Copies of this video are also held in Historical Collections & Archives, as part of the University News & Publications Video Collection.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Introducing Amy Frazier


I'm very pleased to introduce our readers to HC&A's new Student Assistant, Amy Frazier. Amy was born in Wisconsin but grew up in Dallas, TX. She attended Marlboro College in Vermont, where she earned a B.A. in Comparative Cultural History and Film Studies. Her interest in documentary film led her to the London Film School, where she earned graduate certification. She moved to Portland five years ago, and started    in 2011. 

Amy will be an essential part of our revamped digitization program in HC&A. Her first major project will be creating metadata for items  in our Historical Images Collection. High-quality metadata allows our users to find what they need in the Digital Resources Library. Amy's work will allow us to share hundreds more archival images online.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Updated OHSU History of Medicine Society lecture program

Following Dr. Brion Benninger's lecture on September 7, below is an updated program for our 2012/2013 OHSU History of Medicine Society lecture series:


October 26, 2012
University of Western Ontario


November 30, 2012
Author and journalist


March 15, 2013
Princeton University

April 12, 2013
John A. Benson, Jr. M.D.
Professor and dean emeritus, OHSU School of Medicine


We are very pleased to be able to add Dr. Benson to our slate of speakers. His lecture recognizes the 125th anniversary of OHSU, which is being celebrated with a variety of events and campus activities.

All lectures begin at 12:15 pm in the OHSU Old Library Auditorium. Light refreshments served at noon. Lectures are free and open to the public. For additional information contact Maija Anderson, andermai@ohsu.edu, 503-418-2287

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Oregon Archives Crawl, October 6th

Join us on Saturday, October 6th for the Oregon Archives Crawl!

We'll be at the Portland State University location - come by and say hello!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Brion Benninger, M.D., "Henry Gray: Clinician, Visionary, and Original Networker" lecture video

Streaming video for Dr. Brion Benninger's lecture "Henry Gray: Clinician, Visionary, and Original Networker" is now available. This was the first lecture in the 2012/2013 OHSU History of Medicine Society series.


Please refer to our Website for a full list of past HOM Society lectures, which include videos for lectures given from 2005 to the present.




Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Robert D. Koler photographs in the Digital Resources Library

Karen posted recently about the passing of emeritus provost Robert D. Koler, M.D. Wonderful tributes to him have been posted by the School of Medicine and The Oregonian. Both use a photograph from our Historical Images Collection, which we quickly identified, scanned and sent to the School of Medicine on request.


This and three other photographs of Dr. Koler are now digitized and available in the Digital Resources Library.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Bathing and bigamy

A recent acquisition for our rare book collections is Thomas Smethurst's Hydrotherapia; or, The Water Cure... (London: J. Snow, 1843)





In this book, Smethurst reported the work of Vincenz Priessnitz, a layman who founded the modern practice of hydrotherapy in Grafenburg, Austria. It includes detailed descriptions of a wide variety of hydrotherapeutic baths, with some charming illustrations of rather uncomfortable-looking patients:



 Above: The douche bath. "On entering the bath, wash head and chest, then fearlessly go under the stream."


Above: Sweating ("The figure resembles an Egyptian mummy...the invalid remains in the blanket until perspiration has continued the required time"), followed by a cold bath ("The duration of the cold bath greatly depends upon the heat of the body arising from the perspiration...Much activity, and friction of the whole body with the palms of the hands, whilst in the cold bath, is strictly enjoined").

It appears that the author is the same Dr. Thomas Smethurst who, 16 years after the publication of this book, became notorious in Victorian society as a bigamist and convicted (then acquitted) murderer in the so-called "Richmond poisoning case."

Worldcat shows 10 other copies of Hydrotherapia in the U.S., with our copy as one of 2 on the West Coast.  This book is part of a collection of historical medical books, including many other works on alternative medicine, which were donated by Mrs. Cynthia Edwards this past spring.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

OHSU History of Medicine Society lecture: "Henry Gray: Clinician, Visionary, and Original Networker"





 “Henry Gray: Clinician, Visionary, and Original Networker"
Speaker: Brion Benninger, M.D.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Public lecture: 12:15pm
Refreshments served at noon
Location: Old Library Auditorium


Brion Benninger, MD is Vice Chair and Professor of Anatomy at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of The Pacific – Northwest in Lebanon, OR. As a faculty member at OHSU School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery and the School of Dentistry's Departments of Oral Maxillary Facial Surgery and Integrative Biosciences, he helped develop the stroke rehabilitation machine at the Neurological Sciences Institute; organized and taught OHSU’s first clinical anatomy course for undergraduates; and won several awards for excellence in teaching. 

Dr. Benninger entered medical school in England with degrees in chemistry and exercise physiology. During his medical training he did residencies in orthopedics and trauma, becoming staff physician and lecturer of anatomy at Guy’s Hospital in London. He later received a MS degree in sports medicine from the University of Nottingham, became physician to professional and amateur athletes, and was a member of the British Olympic Team of Physicians. While in the UK, Benninger invented the joint proprioception machine for upper limb.

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.