Thursday, June 14, 2012

New acquisition: Katie Riley political campaign papers

Beginning in 2010, Historical Collections & Archives has worked with Katie Riley, Ed.D and emerita Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, to document the history of her department and preserve her personal papers. Like many of our faculty, Katie's interests extend far beyond the boundaries of her profession: In 2010 and 2012, Katie ran for Oregon State Representative.

I was delighted when Katie told me she had saved all her campaign records and planned to donate them to the archives. We received them this morning, along with more records of her work with the Oregon Public Health Association. While Katie didn't win her bids for state office, her campaign records are a slice of Oregon's political life and are part of a rich history of OHSU faculty engagement with Oregon's communities.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New acquisitions in the history of medicine

Through a happy accident of accounting, I was able to make several unexpected new acquisitions for our History of Medicine collection:

From left to right:

Pott, Percivall. Observations on the Nature and Consequences of Wounds and Contusions of the Head: Fractures of the Skull, Concussions of the Brain, &C. London: Hitch and Hawes, 1760.  Pott was a major figure in the evolution of surgery in Great Britain, and made important contributions to the treatment of head injuries.

Mann, James. Medical Sketches of the Campaigns of 1812, 1813, 1814... Dedham, Massachusetts: 1816. Mann was a military surgeon in the War of 1812, and composed America's first comprehensive work on military medicine.

Gillies, Harold. Plastic Surgery of the Face: Based on Selected Cases of War Injuries of the Face Including Burns. London: Frowde, Hodder and Stoughton, 1920. Gillies standardized existing surgical techniques to establish the principles of modern plastic surgery.

Guérin, Jules René. Recherches sur les difformités congénitales: chez les monstres, le fÅ“tus et l'enfant. Paris: Bureau de la publication, 1880. Guérin, a French surgeon, planned a multi-volume study of deformity and so-called "monsters." He completed two volumes, with fine illustrations.

Wormley, Theo G. Micro-Chemistry of Poisons, Including Their Physiological, Pathological, and Legal Relations, Etc. New York: Bailliere, 1867. The first American book on toxicology.

All five will be cataloged and available for research in Historical Collections & Archives.