Strauss Health Sciences Library’s Collection Development Technician, Paul Andrews is back with a brand new exhibit in the 2nd Floor rotunda!
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.
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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Gold was discovered in Colorado in 1859, and a huge influx of prospectors flooded the territory to strike it rich. Soon Denver, where some of the first traces of gold were found at the confluence of Cherry Creek and the Platte River, became the center of the much of the growth of what would become the state of Colorado. The new settlers required the services of many professions to help them in their new lives, including doctors and pharmacists. Soon, the local drugstore was an integral part of the community.
The local drugstore provided the medications locally compounded and placed in unique glass bottles that also served as advertisements. The local drugstore served the people Colorado up until large chain drugstores began to buy local stores in the early 20th Century.
Visit the South 2nd floor landing to explore some of the Health Sciences Library’s collection of Colorado Drugstore Bottles.
Please visit the Denison 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.
From the 1840s to the 1920s, the popular medical movement of Phrenology took hold in the U.S. During this time phrenology was similar to pop-psychology. Phrenology was the pseudo-science that claimed to be able to identify a person’s character by the bumps on their skull. The ‘evidence’ was the belief that the brain was made up of 37 unique organs that each controlled a behavior or personality trait. Many practitioners of Phrenology, including most famously the Fowler family, believed that the organs could be exercised and a person could have a better and happier life. It also had contemporary critics and a sinister side.
The Health Science Library has several distinctive artifacts from the mid-19th to early 20th Century practice of Phrenology on exhibit. Please visit the second floor rotunda to experience the past of Phrenology.
Before the rigorous application process of formal medical education was required, anyone who could afford a few dollars could attend medical lectures, and eventually become a doctor. The Medical Lecture Ticket exhibit showcases several lecture tickets from all over the US, including from the University of Denver’s Dental Department and the Denver and Gross Medical College. The tickets represent an era where there was little regulation and oversight. Although seen as democratizing education, the medical ticket system often led to abuse and poorly trained doctors. The tickets disappeared as medical education reformers began to create the modern medical school application process and curriculum that medical school follow today.