Thursday, July 28, 2011

From the DRL

This week I have a few images to share from the DRL and from our collection of scanned images. In the last few weeks I have been creating a list of museum objects and then working on cleaning up some of our digital object metadata.

The first image is seriously cute. A picture of 3 of Doernbecher’s patients on the outside area from circa 1926 – 1956 (I am thinking earlier, rather than later of the range). I like to refer to this gathering as a “meeting,” especially since the way they are standing gives off an impression of serious debate being conducted. The center patient’s chair is simply fantastic.

The second picture was one found while cleaning up digital object naming conventions. It shows two men determining the blood pressure of a horse using a long hollow pole, dated approximately 1700’s. It brings to mind how much medical science and procedures have changed in the past 300 years.

For a sense of context, here is a blood pressure measuring device from the 1920-30’s

Compare that to the common blood pressure meter of today and it is amazing how far equipment has come in terms of comfort for the patient.

Images in the DRL can be searched from anywhere. We have many more images in our Historical Images Collection and in the various archival collections. If you ever need a certain image, send us an email, we’ll see what we can find.

-- Max Johnson, HC&A Student Assistant

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Christmas in July

This morning Max brought over an extra heaping helping of mail to the HOM Room. There were no fewer than four packages addressed to me, each containing new additions to HC&A collections!

-- Two CDs and a DVD, sent from somewhere on campus and mysteriously labeled. Provenance thus far undetermined. What could they be?

-- A stack of files from our friends in Community Relations, who do an amazing job of getting their departmental records to the archives, and are also all-around champs at connecting us to others on campus who need our help.

-- A copy of Thomas Hillier's Hand-Book of Skin Diseases for Students and Practitioners (Philadelphia: Blanchard and Lea, 1865), deaccessioned from a colleague's library. We're happy to give it a new home, becoming the only library in the Pacific Northwest to hold this title.

-- A giant box of books deaccessioned from yet another library. I am completely floored by their generosity and haven't even unpacked the box yet. But I already know that it contains 2 volumes of Rudolf Virchow!

Between these donations and yesterday's gift of medical artifacts from Dr. Carpentieri, this has been an outstanding week for collection development. Now, to get to writing some thank-you notes!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Medical artifacts donation from Dr. Ugo Carpentieri

Today I met with Dr. Ugo Carpentieri, a retired pediatrician and hematologist-oncologist who has worked at OHSU, the University of Texas, and in private practice in his native Italy. Dr. Carpentieri had previously donated an Italian translation of Leo Testut's Traité d´anatomie humaine to HC&A. We are so pleased that he has also chosen to donate a collection of 21 medical artifacts, dating from the late 18th century to the mid-20th century. While some of these items were collected as antiques, others are from Dr. Carpentieri's work as a physician in Italy and the U.S. in the 1940s-1960s.

The collection reflects a wide interest in the history of medicine and technology. Some of my favorite items are a hand pump used to spray DDT in hospitals; a bottle of "Jinx Removing" bath crystals from the 1970s, a stainless steel tongue depressor made especially for Dr. Carpentieri's use by one of his friends, and the beautiful 19th-century monaural stethoscope below: