Friday, May 11, 2012

New acquisitions: Edwards family collections

HC&A is honored to have received an important donation of books and archival  material from the family of Miles J. Edwards, M.D.

Dr. Edwards was a distinguished physician, teacher and ethicist at OHSU. He was a founding member of the Center for Ethics in Health Care, and was instrumental in its development until his death in 2006. The center created the Miles J. Edwards Chair in Professionalism and Comfort Care in his honor.

Dr. Edwards was the son of M. Lowell Edwards, whom regular readers of our blog will recognize as the co-inventor of the Starr-Edwards heart valve, and a subject of ongoing research and historical interest in HC&A.

Included in the gift are papers and slides from Miles Edwards' teaching and research; scrapbooks, papers and artifacts documenting Lowell Edwards' career; and 19th-century medical books collected by the Edwards family. We are currently reviewing this gift for accessioning into our archival and book collections. Once inventoried and cataloged, the material will be available for research in HC&A.