Dr. Frank Bradway Rogers History of Medicine Exhibits

New to the Strauss Health Sciences Library digital repository is a collection of exhibit materials from a historic series of CU library exhibits.  Dr. Frank Bradway Rogers was Director of the Denison Memorial Library from 1963 to 1975.  Before coming to Denison, Dr. Rogers already had a distinguished and expansive history.  As a young man, he served in the Army Medical Corps and found an intersection between army medicine and librarianship when an opening came at Walter Reed Army Hospital’s Army Medical Library.  Dr. Rogers subsequently earned his master’s in library sciences from Columbia University and cultivated a career of medical librarianship.  He contributed to the creation of the Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System (MEDLARS) and served the National Library of Medicine for decades before becoming Denison’s Director.  During the 1970s, Dr. Rogers cultivated an entire series of library exhibits on the history of medicine.

While the actual exhibits and final presentations were not preserved, the detailed work and construction behind them are evident in this new collection.  Dr. Rogers cultivated reading lists, layout designs, biographical passages, portraits, illustrations, and other materials into a monthly series that spanned almost five years.  He chose topics from eras such as Ancient Greece to medical movements such as inoculation and vaccination.  The commitment and passion shown through his exhibit materials is interesting to everyone from the general public to medical students to fellow librarians.

Dr. Roger’s mentee Lucretia W. McClure once said that Dr. Rogers “was not a physician who took on the library, but rather a librarian who had studied medicine”.  His work on these exhibits for Denison Memorial Library strengthens that observation.  A digital exhibit has been created for quick viewing and the whole collection is now available in Mountain Scholar.  We encourage you to take a tour through a blend of medicine and librarianship and to get a behind the scenes look at the creation of a library exhibit.

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