Friday, November 06, 2015

Regulating Birth in Oregon symposium at Oregon Historical Society, November 17th

Our friends at Oregon Historical Quarterly are presenting a symposium that is likely to be of interest to many of our readers. The full-day event will be at Oregon Historical Society on November 17th. The program includes talks on midwifery, reproductive politics and policy, and genetics.

Registration is $35 ($25 for OHS members), though the evening keynote presentation is free to all. The full announcement is below.

Regulating Birth in Oregon

A symposium presented by the Oregon Historical Quarterly

Sybil Harber of Lakeview, OR, circa 1895, Midwife. OHS Research Library bb007000

The Oregon Historical Quarterly, in collaboration with Dr. Christin Hancock of the University of Portland, presents a symposium that promotes scholarship on the broad subject of regulating birth, from legal, social, political, religious, and cultural perspectives. A special issue of the Quarterly will be drawn from the scholarship presented.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
10:15am - 4:30pm
Oregon Historical Society
with free keynote presentation at 7pm
$35 / $25 members

New Accessions: Fred E. Gulick Collection

Dear Readers,
I've got a real special one today.  This recent accession came to us by way of the OHSU Foundation and included a wide variety of materials on Fred E. Gulick.  The reason I say this is special (because all of our collections are very special) is that the materials remind me of an exercise I had in grad school that involved created a finding aid (collection guide) for a group of materials.  The materials indirectly gave you much of the information about the individual (access cards for a certain facility, responses from professors, offers of employment, a time card, etc.), but there were no materials that specifically spelled out what the individual did and who they were in a Wikipedia-style fashion.  With that as a preface, let me introduce you to the Fred E. Gulick Collection.
A letter if news clippings
Based on a webpage from the site for the Pacific Coast Society of Prosthodontics, Fred E. Gulick was a founding member of the society back in 1930 when it was formed by Gulick and a number of his friends.  This happened because at the time dental conventions and conferences were East Coast-centered with the occasional one held in Chicago.
Program for the "Twentieth Anniversary of the Oregon State Board of Health."
Gulick was also a president of the Oregon Dental Association, and attended NPDC for a number of courses.  He was in World War I, and afterwards took up practice in Portland, OR.
Photographs - Military and Academic
There are many other details that can be obtained from a close reading of these records, however for the time being, I am just going to highlight the types of materials you will find here.
Photographs, correspondence and a tiny letter.
A lot of photographs, and great ones too.  Early childhood photos with dates, teenage photos, army photos and various images of Gulick with his associates.  There are some telegrams pasted onto scrapbook paper, matriculation cards for North Pacific Dental College and discharge papers from the army.  The collection also contains ephemera from various organizations Gulick was a member of and some clippings from local newspapers with quotes from Gulick.
Letter from Gulick.
There's only a about .5 feet of records/materials here, but what we have is quality and in excellent condition.  The collection is open for research, as always, just give us a holler and set up an appointment.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

History of Medicine Collection spotlight: Lavoisier's "Elements of Chemistry"

It's been some time since we've delved into our fabulous History of Medicine Collection of rare books, so I thought I'd bring it back with a bang!* Behold, our two volume set of the 5th English edition of Antoine Lavoisier's Elements of chemistry : In a new systematic order, containing all the modern discoveries [QD28 L41 1802]:

The book presented a host of new theories of chemistry, and is often considered the first modern textbook on the subject. Lavoisier is known for innumerable contributions to modern chemistry, including conducting some of the first quantitative chemical experiments and advancing a new theory of combustion. He also produced the first modern list of chemical elements, including oxygen and hydrogen, both of which he recognized and named himself. This "Table of Simple Substances" below lists thirty-three of what he deemed elements and their corresponding former names. The book also expounds on Lavoisier's ideas about elements formed chemical compounds.

Volume II includes many illustrated plates, which detail both Lavoisier's instruments and their arrangements in his experiments. These diagrams are really a steampunk dream, with all of the early nineteenth century scientific apparatus you could ever hope for! 

Combustion apparatus
But perhaps the most compelling aspect of the plates to me is the fact that they were created by Lavoisier's wife, Marie Anne Lavoisier. Madame Lavoisier took instruction in chemistry from early in her marriage in order to act as her husband's laboratory assistant. One of her contributions was the creation of these plates. From initial watercolor sketches to final engravings, the plates were wholly the product of her work.** The detail of these plates allowed for the clear communication of the experiments, and more importantly, rendered the described procedures reproducible. 

Below is the diagram for the gazometer, which allowed Lavoisier to take precise measurements of the weight and volume of gases. 

The gazometer
While Lavoisier contributed a great deal to chemistry and the science of the Enlightenment, he found himself on the wrong side of the French Revolution's politics and was eventually executed during the Reign of Terror in 1794.

Marie Anne Lavoisier survived, though herself remained in jail for several months, and later published her husband's memoirs. Though she is not credited alongside her husband, Madame Lavoisier's contributions to his work indicate that she is another unsung heroine of modern science.

* Yes, this is a chemistry pun. Very sneaky, I know! Combustion!
** Roald Hoffman, "Mme. Lavoisier." American ScientistJanuary-February 2002 (Volume 90, Number 1), page 22.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Please join us November 17th for the first annual Rosenbaum History of Neurology Lecture

We encourage you to join us for this upcoming lecture, which promises to be an engaging and timely exploration of the interchange between art and medicine.

Illustration from Charcot’s Ouvres Completes, Vol 1. 

The First Annual Herbert Rosenbaum History of Neurology Lecture:
“Jean-Martin Charcot and the Role of Art in His Neurological Career”

Christopher G. Goetz, MD
Professor, Department of Neurological Sciences and Department of Pharmacology
Director, Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorder Program
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
4:00 – 5:00 pm
OHSU Old Library Auditorium

Hosted by the Department of Neurology and OHSU Historical Collections & Archives

*Please note, due to ongoing renovations, there may be some noise in the building on the day of the lecture. Portable restrooms are located outside of the building, and public restrooms are available in the nearby BICC building.

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