New Exhibit Space in the Library

Please visit the Dension Family and Dr. Florence Sabin exhibits at their new home on the first floor of the Health Sciences Library.

Two exhibit cases that were previously in the Reading Room on the third floor have been moved to the first floor.  These exhibit cases explore the histories of the Denison Family and Dr. Florence Sabin, perhaps one of the most famous doctors from Colorado.

Dr. Charles Denison was a prominent Denver physician who also taught, did ground breaking research in climate and tuberculosis, and invented a stethoscope that became a standard in the early 20th century.  In 1924, his wife Ella Strong Denison, donated the funds to build a new medical library in his honor.  The Charles Denison Memorial Library was the health sciences library on the 9th Avenue University of Colorado Health Sciences Center campus until it closed in 2007, when the Health Sciences Library moved to the Anschutz Medical Campus.

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.

Fun, Weird Words

For the second installment of our Fun, Weird Words, I thought I’d share…

Hum Durgeon — an imaginary illness, from the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

Frobly-mobly — feeling neither well nor unwell, from the 18th Century. The modern version, I think, would be “meh”

And my personal favorite (if only I could remember it so early in the morning) is:

Dysania — extreme difficulty getting out of bed (especially in the morning), from the early 1900’s

Fun, Weird Words

After recently coming across the 13th century term “forswunk” on the “British Medieval History” Facebook page, and sharing its delightful meaning with coworkers (“exhausted from too much work. To be ‘foreswunk’ is to be exhausted before you even begin”), we decided to share this and other fun, weird, and wonky work- or medically-relevant words with our wider readership.  Here are a couple to go along with ‘foreswunk’:

Fudgel (18th C): the act of giving the impression of working, but actually doing nothing.

Perendinate (19th C): to put off, specifically until the day-after-tomorrow.

Keep Up with The Appendix

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Fitzsimons Commemoration Medal — Colorado’s Most Significant Artifact?

The Health Sciences Library is proud to have our Fitzsimons Commemoration Medal as one of the finalist entries in 2017’s Colorado’s Most Significant Artifacts.  Please visit Colorado Collections online at https://collectioncare.auraria.edu to vote for this unique part of the campus’s history.

Here’s the notice and information from the Center for Colorado and The West at Auraria:

Congratulations!

We are please to announce that your nomination of the Commemoration Medallion will be voted on by the general public as one of Colorado’s 2017 Most Significant Artifacts!  A link to all the artifacts, and voting form, is located on the front page of our website:  https://collectioncare.auraria.edu

Voting opened on Monday, September 25th. We encourage you to notify your staff, colleagues, volunteers, family and friends to vote. Ten artifacts with the most public votes will be announced in late November 2017.

Thank you for your nomination and participation in this years Colorado’s Most Significant Artifacts campaign.

–Paul Andrews

 

“The Highest and Healthiest State”

HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARY
10TH ANNIVERSARY
LECTURE SERIES
“The Highest & Healthiest State”
Tom Noel, PhD
Professor of History, Director of Public History, Preservation and Colorado Studies
University of Colorado Denver

A quick, lighthearted overview of medicine in the highest state from Native American physicians to the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Friday, October 13, 2017
12:00-1:00pm
Reading Room
3rd floor, Health Sciences Library
Lunch provided

Register

Thomas Jacob Noel is a Professor of History and Director of Public History, Preservation & Colorado Studies at the University of Colorado Denver. Tom is the  author or coauthor of 50 books many articles. He was a longtime Sunday columnist for The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. He appears regularly  as “Dr. Colorado” on Channel 9’s “Colorado & Company.” Tom completed his B.A. at the University of Denver and his M.A. and Ph.D. at CU-Boulder where his mother (a psychiatrist) and grandmother (a teacher) also did their graduate work. Please check http://dr-colorado.com/ for a full resume and updated list of his books, classes, tours and talks. Tom’s latest books include A Short History of Denver, Denver Landmarks & Historic Districts. His book, Colorado: A  Historical Atlas, won three prizes as the best regional history book of 2016.

 

–Kristen Desanto