Braddock Donation Exhibit

Dr. David Braddock Disabilities Studies Collection

There’s a new exhibit in the main entryway of the library! Debra and Jessica put together a new display of some of the titles and images from the recent Braddock donation.

The titles are part of the donation of the Dr. David Braddock Disabilities Studies Collection from The Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities.

The donation came to the library last summer, and the collection is being processed by the library staff. Books are added to the library’s collection, with the Braddock bookplate and a blue label.

The archival parts of the collection are also being processed, and digitized for the library’s digital repository, Mountain Scholar. You can see the items currently in the collection here, and check back as we add more!

Please take the brochures featured outside the exhibit for more information, and look forward as we continue to process this new collection about the history of disabilities and disabled persons.

This was written by Jessica, you can contact AskUs with questions.

New History of Infant Feeding Exhibit on the 2nd Floor

The Strauss Health Sciences Library is always rotating its exhibits and displays. This is the second of three new exhibits on the history of medicine, all of which can be found in the 2nd Floor Rotunda. Stop by and see them in-person or read more about Medicine Trade Cards and Dissection on the Library News Blog!


For most of history, there was no real alternative to breast feeding. The main reasons were the stigma of not breast feeding, and the lack of research on the subject. There was also no equipment available to artificially feed infants.

For the rich, the ability to hire a wet nurse allowed mothers the freedom to continue their regular lives. For the poor, however, a new baby would tie a mother to the home for years. Industrialization, beginning in the mid-19th century, forced a change in the way infants were raised.

Once women began to enter the work force, breast feeding became harder for working women, and alternatives needed to be found.

Located in the Second Floor rotunda on the South side of the Strauss Health Sciences Library.


This was written by Paul Andrews. You can contact AskUs with any questions.

New Medicine Trade Cards Exhibit on the 2nd Floor

The Strauss Health Sciences Library is always rotating its exhibits and displays. This is the second of three new exhibits on the history of medicine, all of which can be found in the 2nd Floor Rotunda. Check back next week for more information on the third exhibit!


Before the Food and Drug Administration, which was created in 1906, was given the mandate to rigorously regulate drugs, and the wild claims of medicine makers, “patent,” better described as proprietary, medicines could be found in every pharmacy and medicine show in the United States.  

One of the major elements of proprietary medicine in the United States was the trademarks on labels, letter fonts, and imagery on their products.

Hand in hand with selling their “miracle cures” in drugstores and traveling medicine shows, patent medicine makers used advertising in any form they could. One of the methods were trade cards.

Trade cards were small print ads given out at pharmacies that were very colorful, and often used imagery of women, children, and domestic life.

This was written by Paul Andrews. You can contact AskUs with any questions.

New Dissection Exhibit on the 2nd Floor

The use of human cadaveric dissection became a tool for teaching anatomy at the University of Montpellier in 1350, and became a fully sanctioned and regular part of anatomy education at the University of Paris in 1407.

By the mid-1800s, dissection to teach anatomy was key to medical education. Although there are several other ways to study anatomy, from books to virtual reality, research shows that dissection is invaluable.

Besides the anatomical knowledge gained, it is important in training empathetic physicians.

Located in the Second Floor rotunda on the South side of the Strauss Health Sciences Library.

This was written by Paul Andrews. You can contact AskUs with any questions.

Luminosity in Shape and Form

Luminosity in Shape and Form

Artists Christine Hillhouse and Joanna Hillhouse

On Display October 7 – November 30, 2019

Reception November 2nd 1:30 – 4:30 PM (updated time)

Strauss Health Sciences Library Gallery

This was written by Debra, you can contact AskUs with questions.

Witness to the Holocaust Photographs Added to Mountain Scholar

The photographs of the Witness to the Holocaust sculptures by Devorah Sperber are now included in the CU Anschutz digital repository, Mountain Scholar.

The sculptures were installed in April of this year, and on April 30 the library had the Dedication and Conversation with the Artist. We added some of the photos from the event to the repository, to record the dedication for our history.

Our director, Melissa Desantis, provided descriptions of the individuals in the photos. You can see the descriptions if you click on the ‘View full record’ link for any of the images in the collection.

You can see all the photos of the sculptures, photos from the event, the flyer for the dedication, as well as the flyer that is now posted by the sculptures for people to take, in the repository.

This was written by Jessica Gerber, you can contact jessica.gerber@ucdenver.edu or AskUs with questions.

New Military Medicine Exhibit on the 1st Floor

The Rare Materials Collection of the Strauss Health Sciences Library includes many titles illustrating the history of military medicine, including histories, memoirs, and biographies, manuals and handbooks, regulations, and more. A small selection of works which influenced the development of military medicine in the United States and illustrate its history is featured in the exhibit case at the north end of the 1st floor, near the elevator and Teaching Lab 3.

 

BowditchTP

The work of Henry Ingersoll Bowditch, including the publication of this pamphlet following the death of his son at the Battle of Kelly’s Ford, Virginia, facilitated the creation of ambulance service for the entire Union Army.

[Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]

New Cytoscopy Exhibit on the 2nd Floor

Modern cystoscopy and endoscopy has its roots in a physician’s need for a better way to examine their patients internally, and the imagination that need drove.

The first scope for examination was created in 1804, and developments have not slowed. 

Visit the second floor rotunda on the South side of the Strauss Health Sciences Library to view a new exhibit exploring the history and development of cystoscopy equipment.

New Blood Pressure Exhibit on 2nd Floor

Blood, one of the four humors, which also include black bile, yellow bile, and phlegm, the importance of blood was seen to be paramount to healing. 

Since Stephen Hales was able to observe and measure the blood pressure of a horse in 1733, the use of blood pressure and pulse have proved to be a key diagnostic for medical professionals. 

Visit the second floor rotunda on the South side of the Strauss Health Sciences Library to view a new exhibit exploring the history and development of equipment to measure blood pressure and pulse.

This exhibit was curated by Paul Andrews, who works with the medical artifact collection at Strauss library.

Devorah Sperber Sculpture Series “Witness to the Holocaust”

Artist Devorah Sperber “Witness to the Holocaust” sculpture series is now on display in the 3rd floor atrium.

Plaques about the “Witness to the Holocaust” Sculpture Series, 1988-91
and the sculpture exhibit.

From the artist statement:

“The Holocaust inspired sculpture series “Witness to the Holocaust” represents the process through which I came to terms with my family’s history during World War II. I did not consciously set out to produce a Holocaust series. The series came from my inner questioning of what it means to be a second generation survivor.”

Till Death Do Us Part
“…why should I be chosen to live, and she probably to die?”
Saturday, 27 November, 1943
Peaceful Man
“Why can’t people live peacefully together?
Why all this destruction?”
Wednesday, 3 May, 1944
The Prophet
“I think that it will all come right,
that this cruelty will end, and that peace
and tranquility will return again.”
Saturday, 15 July, 1944

Struass library received the sculpture series, and just finished installing the sculptures on the third floor.

Mother and Child
“The only thing to do is to pray that God
will perform a miracle and save some of them”
Wednesday, 29 May, 1943
The Co-Existence of Life and Death
“…no one will see danger approaching until it is actually on top of him.”
Thursday, 3 February, 1944

There are six sculptures in all, five in the atrium, and the sixth is around the corner nears the bookshelves. The quotes on the sculptures are from the Diary of Anne Frank.

Witness To The Holocaust
“If God lets me live, I shall not remain insignificant,
I shall work in the world and for mankind”
Tuesday, 11 April 1944

You can see the sculpture group on the artist’s webpage here, and learn more about the stone sculptures here. The artist Devorah Sperber has an artist’s statement of the piece here.

The collection was donated in 2018 to the Holocaust, Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics Program, an initiative of the University of Colorado’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities.

Strauss Health Sciences Library loan artifacts to Norlin Library

Norlin Library at the University of Colorado Boulder campus is exhibiting the National Library of Medicine’s exhibit Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries on the Second Floor from February 4 through March 16, 2019.  The Strauss Health Sciences Library is pleased to have lent some of the library’s artifacts to the exhibit, including our 1858 George Tiemann Surgical Equipment Co.  field surgical kit.  If you need an excuse to visit Boulder, be sure to visit Norlin and view the exhibit. 

https://www.colorado.edu/libraries/events/exhibits/binding-wounds-pushing-boundaries-african-americans-civil-war-medicine

Dr. Kildare Board Game Exhibit on 2nd Floor

Strauss Health Sciences Library’s Collection Development Technician, Paul Andrews is back with a brand new exhibit in the 2nd Floor rotunda!


The Dr. Kildare board game was donated by Dr. Robert H. Shikes. M.D.

Dr. Kildare ran for five seasons on NBC from 1961 to 1966.  The show starred Richard Chamberlin as Dr. James Kildare, a popular character created by writer Frederick Faust, the subject of a series of MGM films and radio series in the 30s and 40s.  Dr. Kildare took place at Blair General Hospital and told the story of a young intern learning how to be a doctor.

The Strauss Health Sciences Library has a Dr. Kildare game that was released by IDEAL in 1962.  The object of the game is to visit the rooms indicated on the Diagnosis Cards and collect Doctor Cards, which mark the rooms you’ve visited.  Once you have visited the thirteen rooms needed to make a diagnosis, you use the wheel to decode what is wrong with your patient.  The first one to collect and decipher their cards is the winner. 

Visit the second floor rotunda, on the south side of the library to view the Dr. Kildare Game exhibit.  If that sparks your need to play a board game, visit the Service Desk on the first floor, where you can check out Scrabble, Yahtzee, Chess, and Operation!


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