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]


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


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.

Fulginiti Pavilion Exhibit Catalogs

HSL has partnered with the Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities to add the Fulginiti’s exhibit brochures and catalogs to the archives at HSL.


The Fulginiti generously donated copies of each of the catalogs that they have produced for their past exhibits, and these were added to the archive that is on the third floor of HSL.  If you would like to view any of the archives, special collections, or artifacts, please make an appointment with the HSL staff.

The digital version of these materials was also added to the digital repository.  Anyone can access the PDF versions of any of the brochures or pamphlets through the Digital Collections of Colorado.

Fulginiti Pavilion Exhibit Materials

HSL also worked to add a record for the collection as a whole to the library catalog, and also made the collection findable in WorldCat.

Fulginiti Pavilion Primo record

The past exhibit materials also exist in digital form on the Fulginiti’s website, and also the schedule of all upcoming events, including the current exhibit and the Arts in Medicine lecture series.

HSL will continue to advertise the Fulginiti’s events on social media, so check back on the social media channels for any reminders about upcoming events.  The Fulginiti Pavilion’s Manager of Operations & Educational Technology, David Weil, graciously agreed to continue the relationship and add future exhibit materials to the archive.

February is Heart Month

In conjunction with Valentine’s Day, February is also Heart Month.  Listed here are the information pages and links for different organizations who feature more information. This is just a brief list to spread awareness, there are many others!


The Heart Foundation: Heart Health Month


Heart Failure Society of America: Heart Failure Awareness Week 2018, Feb 11-17


American Heart Association: American Heart Month

American Heart Association

NIH (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute): American Heart Month

NIH American Heart Month

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: American Heart Month

US H&H Services Heart Month

Centers for Disease Control: American Heart Month

CDC American Heart Month

Million Hearts: American Heart Month

Million Hearts American Heart Month

Go Red for Women, the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke.



Using Our Privilege for Good

HSL published a new slide on the library homepage announcing a new event, Using Our Privilege for Good.

Using Our Privilege for Good

As part of the Power & Empowerment Series, Dr. Brenda J. Allen, Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, is hosting an interactive event to explore how power and privilege matter to the campus.

The event is Wednesday, February 21st, from noon-1:30 pm, in the Krugman Conference Hall.

Please register here if you are planning to attend.