Thursday, August 08, 2013

New library blogs on the history of medicine

Karen and I are both off to New Orleans next week for the Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archivists. If you're heading that way too, please say hello if you see one of us!

In the meantime, enjoy two great new blogs launched by our colleagues:


  • NLM's History of Medicine Division launched Circulating Now last month. It uses a jazzy WordPress interface to highlight amazing visuals.
  • The Becker Medical Library at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis launched its Special Collections Blog in June. They've featured two beautiful books from their collections.


We'll be back soon with news to share from New Orleans!


Tuesday, August 06, 2013

New oral history transcripts in the DRL

Our volunteer Kathleen has added two new transcripts to our new OHSU Oral History Collection in the Digital Resources Library.

Harold T. Osterud, M.D. was interviewed in 1994.  He described his involvement in the development of public health programs and education in Oregon, and his work in the Crippled Children's Division under Dr. Adolph Weinzirl. Dr. Osterud gives an account of Dr. Weinzirl's life and achievements. He discussed his investigations of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, development of curricula in public health, and recruitment of rural physicians.

George A. Porter, M.D. was interviewed in 2004. He discussed his medical education, the integration of the hospitals into the teaching mission of the medical school,  and his efforts in developing the Division of Nephrology. He talks about the consolidation of the schools in the mid-1970s and compares the administrative styles of Presidents Leonard Laster and Peter Kohler.

Transcripts and recordings of interviews from the OHSU Oral History Program are also available for checkout from the Main Library.