Tuesday, February 28, 2012

New acquisitions: Opthalmology books

I posted last week about material we received from Casey Eye Institute and the estate of Dr. Kenneth Swan. This included lots of books that I started reviewing last week. There are some reprints of classic titles that will find a home in the library's circulating collection, as well as several titles that I've selected for HC&A:

Duane, Alexander. A New Classification of the Motor Anomalies of the Eye Based Upon Physiological Principles; Together with Their Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment. New York: Vail, 1897.

Landolt, E. A Manual of Examination of the Eyes. A Course of Lectures Delivered at the "Ecole Pratique,". Philadelphia: D. G. Brinton, 1879.

Morton, A. Stanford. Refraction of the Eye: Its Diagnosis and the Correction of Its Errors with Chapter on Keratoscopy. Philadelphia: Blakiston, 1881.

Schell, Henry S. A Manual of Ophthalmic Practice. Philadelphia: Brinton, 1881.

Smith, Priestley. On the Pathology and Treatment of Glaucoma. London: J. and A. Churchill, 1891.

These and other historic ophthalmology titles will be cataloged for the History of Medicine collection, and available for research in HC&A.

Friday, February 24, 2012

New acquisition: William Cowper's Myotomia Reformata, 1724

An exciting new addition to our History of Medicine collection has just arrived!

Cowper, William. Myotomia Reformata, or, An Anatomical Treatise on the Muscles of the Human Body. London: R. Knaplock, 1724.

William Cowper (1666-1709) was an English surgeon and anatomist. This is his most noted work, and is one of the most beautiful anatomical atlases of its time. The first edition was published in 1694 and contained ten illustrative plates. Cowper then spent the years until his death on expanding it for the second edition (1724), of which ours is one copy. It's lavishly illustrated with full- and half-page plates, and intriguing historiated initials (decorative capital letters).

Above: The first page of each section shows a dramatic, Baroque-style figure, and a historiated initial.

Above: Initial letter from the Introduction

Above: Inscription reads, "Gustavus Adolphus Sabini Oct. 10 1829 / Dum vita, spes est"
(where there is life, there is hope)

Cowper is also notorious for publishing The Anatomy of Humane Bodies (1698), which some consider the greatest act of plagiarism in medical publishing!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Archives in action!

Yesterday afternoon, Dr. Donald Blanchard brought us several boxes of material from the Casey Eye Institute, including additions to the Kenneth Swan Papers and records of CEI. Karen and Jeff have already started sorting through the material to get it rehoused and accessioned. I thought the volume and variety of material were a great representation of the array of "stuff" we handle in HC&A, so I took some pictures:

Above: Films, videos, papers and artifacts from Kenneth Swan and the Casey Eye Institute

Above: Optical equipment and other curiosities collected by Dr. Swan

Above: Classic books on optics and ophthalmology, waiting for me to review for the History of Medicine Collection and PNW Collection.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Adolph Weinzirl's two-tone shoes

Last year I helped a researcher who was interested in Dr. Adolph Weinzirl, formerly chair of the university's public health program. She remarked that on a previous visit, she'd seen a photograph of Dr. Weinzirl "wearing two-tone shoes." I found many images of Dr. Weinzirl, but none showing particularly distinctive footwear. Fortunately we had plenty of other suitable images for her project.

Just the other day, while I was researching the history of the library, I found this, hiding in plain sight in the DRL:

That's Dr. Weinzirl at far right, of course. He and his colleagues are relaxing in what was once the Physicians' Reading Room (note the smoke stand), and is now a meeting room in the Old Library. I got back in touch with our researcher, who was delighted to see it again.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

New acquisition: Dr. Louis G. Terkla Papers

Last week we received a surprise donation of papers from our friend Louis G. Terkla, D.M.D. Dr. Terkla has a long history at the School of Dentistry, where he served as dean from 1967-1984. He led the school as it consolidated with other Marquam Hill facilities, forming the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in 1974.

His papers include meeting materials, correspondence, publications and memorabilia from this important period of OHSU history. The collection will be processed for the university archives and will be available for research in HC&A.

Dr. Terkla is an avid outdoorsman, and also a dental historian - last year he visited us to research the history of the school, which resulted in his Oregon Encyclopedia article on the OHSU School of Dentistry.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

New acquisitions: Dentistry, surgery and radiology

We recently acquired three monographs for our History of Medicine and History of Dentistry collections:

Lucas-Championnière, Just Marie Marcelin. Antiseptic Surgery; the Principles, Modes of Application, and Results of the Lister Dressing. Portland [Me.]: Loring, Short, and Harmon, 1881.
The first English-language edition of the first book to provide a complete description of antiseptic surgery techniques.

Morton, William J., and Edwin W. Hammer. The X Ray or Photography of the Invisible and Its Value in Surgery. New York: American Technical Book Co, 1896.
The first book to document the use of x-ray technology in surgery.

White, James William. Dental Materia Medica. Philadelphia: S. S. White, 1868.
The first English-language dental pharmacopeia.

All three will be cataloged for our collections and available for research in HC&A.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

William Hunter's Anatomy of the human gravid uterus

This morning we had a researcher consulting our books by William and John Hunter. I took the opportunity to snap a few photos of our copy of William Hunter's greatest work, Anatomia uteri humani gravidi tabulis illustrata [The anatomy of the human gravid uterus exhibited in figures].

Originally published in 1774, our copy is a 19th century reprint that includes English translation of the text.

The engravings by the Dutch-born illustrator Jan van Rymsdyk are beautiful and - to my eye - unsettling.

"PLATE VI. This represents the child in the womb, in its natural situation...Every part is represented just as it was found; not so much as one joint of a finger having been moved to show any part more distinctly, or to give a more picturesque effect."

Plate XII is one of two images of a subject that was described as having died from a fatal "flooding" or hemorrhage during childbirth. The caption points to "The external lobulated surface of the lower part of the placenta; which had originally stuck to the inside of the neck and mouth of the womb; but as parturition approached, the dilation of these parts occasioned a separation, which was necessarily followed by an hemorrhage."

The narrative details give the subjects a haunting concreteness.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

School of Dentistry historical collections videos

I was delighted to see this OHSU-produced interview with our friend Dr. J. Henry Clarke. Dr. Clarke talks in detail about the Ernest D. Starr Memorial Museum of Dental Anomalies, which is displayed at the School of Dentistry.

Additional photographs of SOD's displays of their historical collections are in this montage:

HC&A has partnered with the School of Dentistry to preserve their historical materials. Extensive collections of artifacts, books and archival materials not displayed at the school can be consulted in HC&A.

Votes for Women exhibit at Multnomah County Library

Wednesday evening I attended the opening reception for the exhibit Votes for Women! The Oregon Story at the Multnomah County Library's Collins Gallery.

The exhibit is presented by Century of Action in celebration of 100 years of Oregon women's right to vote and advancing the understanding of women's citizenship in Oregon's history.

The exhibit draws on collections from many libraries, archives and museums in our area to represent the diversity of women's contributions to politics and civic life in Oregon. We are very proud to have one of our items, a political campaign card from Esther Pohl Lovejoy's papers, included in this exhibit.