Phrenology – Mid 19th to early 20th century

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.

Paul Andrews, MA
Collection Development

Art from CU Denver|Anschutz Medical Campus Community 2017

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Art from the CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Community is an exhibition presented by the Exhibits Committee of the Health Sciences Library.

There are many talented artists on our campuses! This juried annual exhibition is an opportunity for us to learn about our talented co-workers, faculty, staff, and students.

Exhibit dates: January 5 – March 31, 2017
Opening Reception: January 26, 2017, 3 pm – 5 pm in Gallery
Location: Health Sciences Library, Gallery, 3rd Floor (directions and parking)

Medical Lecture Ticket exhibit

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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.

— Paul Andrews

Medical Lectures Tickets

 

DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry

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On Display September 19 to November 6, 2016 in the 3rd floor Library Gallery

From DNA to Beer: The exhibition illustrates the history of this dynamic relationship among
microbes, medicine, technology, and industry, which has spanned centuries.

The exhibition is accompanied by MillerCoors historic advertisements, and original artwork, Good Times, by Gordon Snidow.
An exhibit of home-brewing equipment will also be on display

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the
Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.  

Call for Entries: Art from the CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Community 2017

Call for submissions – Art from the CU Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus Community 2017

The Exhibits Committee of the Health Sciences Library will be curating an exhibit of artwork
created by faculty, staff and students of the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus.

There are many talented artists at our two locations! This juried exhibition is an opportunity for us to learn about our talented co-workers, faculty, and students.

This exhibit will be on display January 5, 2017 — March 31, 2017 in the Gallery of the
Health Sciences Library. An Opening Reception will be held on January 26, 2017 3:00-5:00 pm.

The Exhibits Committee is looking for submissions of all types of art created by members
of either CU Anschutz or CU Denver!

To submit artwork to be considered for inclusion in the show, please use the online form

The submission deadline is October 31, 2016.

For more information, contact Debra Miller at debra.miller@ucdenver.edu or 303-724-2131.

De Humani Corporis Fabrica on Display in Boulder, August 8-31

The Health Sciences Library’s copy of the second edition of Vesalius’ great anatomy book, De Humani Corporis Fabrica, will be on display at the University of Colorado Art Museum in Boulder from the 8th through the 31st of August. De Humani Corporis Fabrica, plus other items borrowed from collections at CU—including rare books from Norlin’s Special Collections and Archives and costumes from the Colorado Shakespeare Festival—is part of the museum’s exhibition celebrating the arrival of  First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on loan from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.

Andreas Vesalius’  De Humani Corporis Fabrica, first published in 1543, marked the transition of the study of anatomy from medieval to modern. While not the first anatomical work based on direct observation, its scope and the quality of its illustrations and typography made it hugely influential. The best-known images in the Fabrica are the “muscle men” from book 2, a series of progressively dissected figures dramatically posed in a landscape. The second edition was published in 1555, nine years before Shakespeare’s birth. The Health Sciences Library’s copy is bound in a beautiful sixteenth-century alum-tawed pigskin binding with brass clasps.

The First Folio, the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, was published in 1623, seven years after the playwright’s death. The Folger Shakespeare Library is sending selected copies of the First Folio on a national tour of American museums, libraries, and universities to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Visitors to First Folio! will come face to face with the original 1623 book, displayed open to Hamlet’s speech in which he debates whether “to be or not to be.” The tour is organized and sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association. By the end of 2016, First Folios will have been exhibited in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico.

The CU Art Museum, is located in the Visual Art Center at CU Boulder (1085 18th Street, Boulder CO 80309) and is open Monday through Saturday  11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays until 7:00 p.m. There is no admission fee, but visitors to the First Folio exhibit are asked to sign up for timed tickets at http://www.colorado.edu/cuartmuseum/exhibitions/view-upcoming/first-folio-book-gave-us-shakespeare

Learn more about the months of programming celebrating the arrival of the First Folio at the website: http://www.colorado.edu/shakespeareatcu/

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While the Health Sciences Library’s copy of the second edition of Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis Fabrica is on display in Boulder, the first edition remains available for use in Aurora. Rare materials are available to individuals or groups by appointment on Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons, or at other times by arrangement. To schedule an appointment, contact Emily Epstein, emily.epstein@ucdenver.edu or call 303-724-2119.

[Emily Epstein, Cataloging Librarian]

Moments in Medicine

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Now showing in the Library Gallery through June, 2016:

Fourteen prints from the Great Moments in Medicine and Great Moments in Pharmacy
series produced by the Parke-Davis pharmaceutical company and donated by George and Ginny Schiel.

Six “Men of the Day” prints from Vanity Fair and twelve water color prints of physicians
from the Greek to the 19th Century, showing their professional dress, which were donated by Presbyterian-St. Lukes.