Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Rare books on surgery, military medicine coming to HC&A from Trunkey Library

For many years, HC&A has collaborated with OHSU's Department of Surgery and Dr. Donald Trunkey to facilitate access to rare books in the Trunkey Library. This departmental library is named for Dr. Trunkey, a trauma surgeon and former chair of the department. Dr. Trunkey is also an avid book collector, and his namesake library holds part of his collection. Dr. Trunkey's collection reflects his interest in the history of trauma surgery and military medicine, and includes many classic 19th century titles.

We are pleased that a selection of rare books from the Trunkey Library will now have a home in HC&A. Below are some glimpses of the collection:

A plate from the 1820 volume of American Medical Recorder. This volume contains William Gibson's "Case of Wound of the Common Iliac Artery," which describes the first known ligation of this artery.

L.P. Brockett's The Camp, The Battle-Field, and the Hospital (Philadelphia: National Publishing Co., ca 1866), a florid account of the Civil War, in a suitably florid publisher's binding.

A copy of F.W. Rankin's Surgery of the Colon (New York: Appleton, 1926) bears the bookplate of the University of Oregon Medical School's own Dr. Thomas M. Joyce. Incidentally, the Kentucky Digital Library has a 1941 letter from Joyce to Rankin, congratulating him on becoming President-Elect of the AMA.

Quite charmingly, attached to the flyleaf of the book is an envelope and note from Thomas Joyce's family, gifting it to a Dr. Rosenblatt - likely the Portland surgeon and accomplished golfer Millard S. Rosenblatt.

Books from the Trunkey collection will be cataloged for HC&A's rare book collections, and will be available to the OHSU community and the general public for research.

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