Friday, September 10, 2010

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Dr. J. Henry Clarke Takes Students On A field Trip

Dr. J. Henry Clarke, professor emeritus from the OHSU School of Dentistry, brought a contingency of his first year students from his History of Dentistry class to view a sampling of artifacts, our copy of the 2nd folio of Velsalius' De Humani Corporis Fabrica, 1955, the Leonardo Da Vinci Corpus of the anatomical studies in the collection of Her Majesty, the Queen, at Windsor Castle, signed editions of G.V. Black monographs, a first edition of the American Journal of Dental Science, along with a few other valuable texts.

This is the first time that we have hosted a group from the School of Dentistry and it was wonderful to see the interest in the historical collections. We hope to do a lot more of this. Thank you Dr. Clarke for bringing the group and thank you to the students who took the time out of their busy schedules. We hope to see you all again.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Friday to Bring Smiles to the History of Medicine Room

There's reason to smile this Friday. Dr. Clarke, Professor Emertius from the School of Dentistry will be bringing his History of Medicine students to the History of Medicine room to take a peek at some of the dental gems we have. Karen and Ian will be bringing out the big guns to show them. Things like GV Black's Descriptive Anatomy of the Human Teeth and hopefully materials from the Dental Museum collection, like the forceps below.

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Students might also be tickled to see some of the tools used by a traveling dentist, such as this foldable dental chair, and handy case for carrying tools.

Although both were probably used for traveling, they certainly weren't used in the same generations...

I bet the students will leave us smiling, especially knowing they won't have to treat patients sitting in a chair that looks so unstable!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Neurology on My Mind

Neurology seems everywhere today. Today  Dr. Thomas Koch, Professor & Chair of Pediatric Neurology presented at neurosciences grand rounds. I also was reading about nursing student Alex Brown, who herself battles with a neuromuscular disease.

Because I'm new to OHSU's history I thought I'd try to find some information on famous neurologists from our community. And boy was I pleased! It turns out we were lucky to have amongst our dedicated clinicians Roy Laver Swank, M.D., Ph.D. When he passed away in 2008 you may remember Sara posting in memoriam of the late neurologist.

Looking in the papers we have on Swank I noticed his CV listing US Army Medical Corps service during WWII, when he worked as a neuropsychiatrist in Normandy and then in Paris. He was one among of the legions of practitioners who contributed to the war efforts--a subject that seems to be surfacing repeatedly here, what with my introductory post and Karen's most recent Stories from the Clippings.

It seems that despite his long career investigating multiple sclerosis, and writing THE BOOK on a special diet for the disease (The Multiple Sclerosis Diet Book), he did produce other important work during his tenure with the service.

Reading through the paper pictured below, it seems Swank and his co-author also contributed to discourse regarding what we are now calling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Cohen, B. and R.L. Swank. Chronic symptomology of combat neurosis. War Medicine, 8:143-145. 1945.

Just another war-time connection from OHSU to the world at large.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

A Feast of Artifacts. A Sight for Sore Eyes.

Last week we had a table full of artifacts from the Kenneth C. Swan collection. A visiting researcher from Singapore wanted to view all of these artifacts and investigate their origin and provenance.

Here they are in all of their glory--spread upon the table like a glorious ophthalmologic instrument feast.

You may recall that just last year we had a large exhibit highlighting these artifacts, collected by Dr. Swan.

Dr. Swan, a noted ophthalmologist, was known for establishing the first children's eye clinic in an academic setting in the United States, being one of the first to report using a microscope during ophthalmic surgery, and here at OHSU, he was the first person to chair, full-time, a clinical department in the medical school. (Ophthalmology, of course.)

I'll update you as I can what the researcher finds regarding this sightly collection.