Artifacts Profile: Sabin Statue


HSL has featured a rare book profile in the blog, and now we have the first artifacts profile!  This first entry features the Sabin statue, located in the third floor reading room, which was chosen in conjunction with Women’s History Month.


Florence Rena Sabin, M.D.


Florence Sabin was born in Central City Colorado on November 9th, 1871.  She left Colorado to attend Smith College in 1893, and then attended the John Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She was the first woman to graduate from that institution.  In 1917, she was appointed as a professor of histology.  Dr. Sabin was elected as the president of the American Association of Anatomists and became a member of the National Academy of Sciences.  She was the first women to hold a full professorship and to be admitted to these organizations.

Dr. Sabin became the head of the Department of Cellular Studies at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, in 1925.  She focused her research in the lymphatic system, blood vessels and cells, and tuberculosis.  She retired in 1938.

She came out of retirement in 1944 to accept a request from John Vivian, the governor of Colorado, to chair a state subcommittee on public health.  The committees work resulted in the Sabin Health Laws, which modernized Colorado’s public health system.  She became the manager of health and charities for Denver in 1948, and donated her salary to medical research.  Dr. Sabin retired again in 1951, just two years before her death.

Dr. Florence Sabin’s connection to the University of Colorado was a long one.  In 1937, she delivered the keynote address at the dedication of the Charles Denison, M.D. Memorial Library.  On her 80th birthday, a wing of the original University of Colorado hospital was named in her honor.  When the new University of Colorado Hospital was built in 1962, the building became the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  The auditorium that bore Dr. Sabin’s name was used by students until the day the 9th Ave campus was closed.  Many of the artifacts displayed here were housed in the auditorium, and when the campus moved, they became a permanent part of the Health Sciences Library’s collection.

In 1954, the people of Colorado choose Dr. Florence Sabin as the first Coloradan to be honored in Statuary Hall, in the National Capital Rotunda.  The statue was sculpted by Joy Buba and was presented to the public in February 26th, 1959.

Sabin4 Joy-Buba-and-statue

The Health Sciences Library has a collection of Dr. Florence Sabin artifacts, including a miniature version of the statue that is exhibited in Washington D.C.  The artifacts are currently exhibited in the Reading Room, on the library’s third floor, but will soon be moved to a new location in the library.

[Article written by Paul Andrews, Collection Development Technician]


Have an idea for Study Zone extras? Let us know what you think!


The Health Sciences Library’s Study Zone has been getting solid use by students since its grand opening last year in October and now we’re looking for ideas and feedback from students. Starting Monday March 12, tell us what additional amenities you’d like to see by taking a speedy 3-question poll:, or drop by the library to fill out a paper copy of the survey. The Study Zone is open to badged CU Anschutz campus affiliates and is located on the 2nd floor, north end of the library.

New Leisure Reading at HSL

The Amesse Collection, which features current fiction and nonfiction leisure reading material, is located on the east side of the library’s 1st floor. Take a look at these recently added titles:


-Aciman, Andre/ Call me by your name

-Benjamin, Chloe/ The immortalists

-Hannah, Kristen/ The great alone

-Harper, Jane/ Force of nature

-Hendricks, Greer/ The wife between us

-Kaur, Rupi/ The sun & her flowers


-Bowler, Kate/ Everything happens for a reason, & other lies I’ve loved

-Dannen, Kent/ Best hikes Rocky Mtn. Natl. Park

-Eggers, Dave/ Monk of Mokha

-Glassley, Wm./ A Wilder Time: Notes from a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland Ice

-Idov, Michael/ Dressed up for a riot: Misadventures in Putin’s Moscow

-Levitsky, Steven/ How democracies die

-Lonely Planet Europe

-Pink, Daniel/ When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing



What the heck is that? HSL’s ‘Name That Artifact’ Contest

For two weeks each month through April, the library will be running a contest designed to test your knowledge of historical medical devices. Guess this month’s featured item (pictured) and win a $5 copy card!

One entry per person, please

-1st five correct responses drawn from pool win a $5 print card

-Current contest runs from Mon., Mar. 5th–Sun., Mar. 18th

-Winners will be notified by email

-Browse this and other artifacts at:



Need some help? Check it out here.

New Exhibit in the Lobby: Deadly Medicine


The Fulginiti Pavilion will be opening its next exhibit Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race, a traveling exhibit from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, in conjunction with the Holocaust Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics Program at the Fulginiti.

Deadly Medicine Announcement

The exhibit at the Fulginiti will be opening on March 20, and will be there from March 20 through May 22, 2018. The opening reception will be Thursday, March 22 from 5-8pm.

Deadly Medicine Creating the Master Race

The new exhibit in the main lobby at HSL features information about the upcoming exhibit and also some related materials from the library.  HSL partnered with the Fulginiti to open this exhibit and the exhibit contains materials from both organizations.

Four Questions by Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman

The Fulginiti measured the case and added the great banner at the back of the case.  The images on the two sides of the case also show previous Holocaust-related exhibits that visited the Fulginiti.  On the left are images from the exhibit Four Questions by Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman, and on the right IWASWILLBE: The Holocaust Series, Paintings by Geoffrey Laurence.



Six of the books in the case are provided by faculty:

The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide by Robert Jay Lifton (also available at the library)

Jewish Eugenics by John Glad

Cleansing the Fatherland: Nazi Medicine and Racial Hygiene by Aly, Pross, and Chroust

Medicine, Ethics, and the Third Reich by John J. Michalczyk

Racial Hygiene by Robert N. Proctor (also available at the library)

Doctors Under Hitler by Michael H. Kater (also available at the library)


The other five books are from the collections at HSL:

Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race, the volume about the exhibit by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (from the Medical Humanities collection)

Jews and Medicine: Religion, Culture, Science by Natalia Berger (from the Indigenous collection) (open to the chapter, Jewish Medicine During the Holocaust in the Ghettos and Forests by Daniel Nadav)

When Medicine Went Mad: Bioethics and the Holocaust by Arthur L. Caplan

The Last Witness: The Child Survivor of the Holocaust by Judith S. Kestenberg and Ira Brenner

Atlas of Topographical and Applied Human Anatomy edited by Helmut Ferner (located in the Oversize collection, a three volume set with volume one in the exhibit case)

Mindfulness Books

Did you get a chance to attend the last Strauss lecture at HSL on February 20?  The lecture was Mindfulness Stress Reduction with Peggy Sheean.

If you didn’t get a chance to attend, you can watch the recording of the lecture here.

Mindfulness Lecture

If you are interested in learning more about the topic, the library has both of the books from the lecture:

Full Catastrophe Living

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn


Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky


Also, check out some other resources about mindfulness available at the library:

Coming to our senses : healing ourselves and the world through mindfulness (in the Indigenous collection)

The mindful way through depression : freeing yourself from chronic unhappiness (in the Indigenous collection)

Heal thy self : lessons on mindfulness in medicine (in the Indigenous collection)

Healing emotions : conversations with the Dalai Lama on mindfulness, emotions, and health (in the Indigenous collection)

Wherever you go, there you are : mindfulness meditation in everyday life (in the Amesse collection)

The happiness project : or why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun (in the Amesse collection)


Mindfulness and mental health therapy, theory and science

Teaching clients to use mindfulness skills a practical guide