Friday, March 29, 2013

OHSU History of Medicine Society lecture: "OHSU Medical Milestones: 125 Years of Healing, Teaching, and Discovery"

“OHSU Medical Milestones: 125 Years of Healing, Teaching, and Discovery”
John A. Benson, Jr., M.D.
Oregon Health & Science University
Friday, April 12, 2013
Public lecture: 12:15pm
Refreshments served at noon
Location: OHSU Old Library Auditorium

An educator and clinician, Dr. Benson became a faculty member at the School of Medicine in 1959. While at OHSU, Dr. Benson was instrumental to the development of the Division of Gastroenterology, served on the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care, and was interim dean of the School of Medicine from 1991-1993. After retiring, he continued working as a volunteer faculty member, serving OHSU for a total of 28 years.  The annual Benson/Kendall Visiting Professorship lecture is named in his honor, along with John Kendall, Jr., M.D., for outstanding years served at the OHSU School of Medicine.

For this special lecture, the OHSU History of Medicine Society joins the OHSU School of Medicine in marking the school’s 125th anniversary. 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.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

School of Dentistry collections incoming!

It's been "all hands on deck" in HC&A this week as our staff begin preparing for XXL-size transfers of archival and book collections from the School of Dentistry. The school will move to fabulous new facilities in 2014, which means that its staff and faculty are cleaning house in the current building. To ensure that no historical materials accidentally land in a dumpster, Karen and I began reaching out to SOD administrators in 2012.

All week, HC&A staff and SOD students have been packing archival collections, the largest of which consists of hundreds of boxes of records from the Oregon Child Study Clinic, an NIH-funded longitudinal growth study that ran circa 1940s-1980s. Because of current concerns about radiation exposure, the study could never be replicated today. Due to their uniqueness and completeness, the records are still actively used as a resource. SOD students are also digitizing samples of the collection for a national project funded by the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation. HC&A will coordinate with SOD so that the project can be completed when the records are in our care.

We also prepared a remarkable collection of around 110 books on endodontics, collected by SOD alumnus Frank Everett. In addition to several rare19th century works, there are many international titles that are not held in other U.S. libraries. A second book collection consisting of rare and historic 19th and early 20th century orthodontics titles is on the way, too.

We look forward to making these collections available for research in HC&A.