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.



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.

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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