Friday, January 27, 2012

OHSU History of Medicine Society lecture: "Miracle on Bloor Street"

“Miracle on Bloor Street: The Unlikely Story of the Discovery of Insulin"
Guest speaker: Thea Cooper
Friday, February 3, 2012
Public lecture: 12:15pm
Refreshments served at noon
Location: Old Library Auditorium

Thea Cooper is co-author of the book Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle (St. Martin’s Press, 2010). She holds a B.A. from Bard College and an M.F.A. from The University of Iowa.

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.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Laennec in the classroom

Here's a belated update to my series of posts about rare books I've been bringing for the History of Medicine I class in the School of Medicine. Two weeks ago, Dr. Alan Hunter gave a lively le
cture on René-Théophile-Hyacinthe Laennec and the invention of the stethoscope. We are lucky to have several titles by Laennec in our collection, and for this class I chose an American edition of Laennec's study of the medical value of listening to the sounds of the body:

Laennec, R. T. H. A Treatise on the Diseases of the Chest and on Mediate Auscultation. New York: S. Wood & Sons, and Collins & Hannay, 1830.

The students are always glad when I bring something printed in English, but this title didn't capture their imaginations as much as, say, our Vesalius. Next time, I'm hoping that a few of our 19th century stethoscopes will bring some more excitement into the mix.