Thursday, December 18, 2014

New Accession: Woodard, Clarke & Co. Examination Table

This week I'd like to show some images of our new examination table which was recently donated to the Historical Collections & Archives.

To start, here's an image of the table in its "compact" state:

In this state, the table looks relatively compact and measures 45 inches long, 30 inches high and 22 inches wide.  The table include two drawers on either side with a third "fake" drawer screwed into the structure for looks.  Each side also contains a cabinet that rotates outward and contains small shelving.  Unfortunately the shelving is no longer intact.  The lower end of the table (near where the feet would rest) has two stirrup clasps on either side.  The bottom of the table has wheels enclosed in metal "petal" or "claw" shaped coverings.  The table boasts various knobs and handles, most of which do not currently function.

The table contains a substantial capacity for expansion, as seen in the images below:

It's like a wooden Transformer!  
As one can see there are many possibilities for increasing the patients' comfort.  If the patient needs to lie flat, the table can adjust to a full 76 inches in length, or if the patient needs to sit fully erect, the top can be made to stand straight up making the total height from the floor 66 inches.

From conversations with the donor, we learned that the table is oak with metal components for adjusting height and length.  It was purchased 30 years ago in Eugene and has had some restoration work on it.  One of the fascinating aspects of the artifact is that it was sold by Woodard, Clarke & Co. of Portland, Ore.  There are more details pertaining to that company which can be found here:

The company was active between 1902 and 1924 and acted mainly as a distributor of medical, surgical and dental equipment and supplies.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Women, Power, and Reproductive Health Care exhibit - ends this month

If you haven't had a chance to see our current exhibit "Women, Power, and Reproductive Healthcare," in the Main Library, you still have time. The exhibit will run through the end of December, and is open to the public on the 3rd floor of the library.

The exhibit brings a critical perspective to the historical relationship between gender and health care, drawing on a wealth of rare books, archival materials, and artifacts from our collections. Exhibit text and selected images will remain available as a Web exhibit after the physical exhibit ends. In early January, a new exhibit of recent acquisitions from the School of Dentistry will rotate in.