Archive Magpie, Vol. 3

More fodder for the medical historian fresh from the archives, this time from the Countway Library at Harvard and the Rubinstein Library at Duke University.

Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine

Peter Bent Brigham Hospital Records, 1830– (inclusive), 1911–1980 (bulk)

Keywords: Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Health Facility Merger ; Hospitals—Massachusetts—Boston—History; Teaching hospitals The Peter Bent Brigham Hospital records are the product of the hospital’s administrative, fundraising, publication, and public relations activities, as well as construction projects and training programs. The bulk of the records date from 1911 through 1980.

Marian Cabot Putnam papers, 1877-1978 (inclusive), 1940-1977 (bulk)

Keywords: Child psychiatry; Child psychiatrists; James Jackson Putnam Children’s Center; Judge Baker Children’s Center, Child guidance The Marian Cabot Putnam papers reflect Putnam’s family history, work as the director of the James Jackson Putnam Children’s Center, and her wider interest in the issues of child development and child psychiatry. The collection is divided into four series: I. Personal Papers, 1908-1977; II. James Jackson Putnam Children’s Center Correspondence and Documentation, 1938-1978; III. Correspondence and Drafts from Nathan G. Hale, Jr., 1877-1970; and IV. Pamphlets and Reprints, 1891-1972.

Arnold S. Relman papers, 1953-2011 (inclusive),  1974-2011 (bulk)

Keywords: Health care reform; Massachusetts Medical Society–Committees; Peer review; Medical ethics; The New England Journal of Medicine The Arnold S. Relman papers, 1953-2011 (inclusive), 1974-2011 (bulk), are the product of Relman’s activities as Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, author and researcher, and chair of the John Mack Inquiry Committee at Harvard Medical School.

Priscilla A. Schaffer papers, 1947-2010 (inclusive), 1984-2006 (bulk)

Keywords: Communicable diseases; Herpes simplex virus; Pathogenesis; Virology The Priscilla A. Schaffer papers principally consist of records generated as a product of Schaffer’s research on herpes simplex virus (HSV) and her teaching activities at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas), Harvard Medical School (Boston, Massachusetts), and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia.

History of Medicine Collections, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

History of Medicine artifacts collection, 1550-1980s

Keywords: instruments, artifacts, material culture, surgery Collection of historical medical instruments and artifacts, art objects, realia, and other three-dimensional objects related to the history of medicine, primarily originating from Europe and the United States. Ranging in age from the late 16th to the late 20th centuries, objects include medical kits and pharmaceutical items (often in the original cases and bags); equipment used in amputation, obstetrics, ophthalmology, surgery, urology, neurology, early electrical therapies, and in research and diagnostic settings; instructional objects such as anatomical models and figurines; and other objects such as apothecary jars, cupping glasses, infant feeders, a bas-relief memento mori, and fetish figures. There are many models of microscopes and stethoscopes, dating from the 17th to the 20th century.

French obstetrics manuscripts, around 1750-1800

Keywords: France, obstetrics, case study Volume contains two separate handwritten pieces on obstetrics, bound together with spine title “Accouchements,” including a 50-page record of correspondence between two men that contains detailed case histories, followed by a 682-page exposition that was comprised of lecture notes. The 50-pages manuscript contains a manuscript record of undated correspondence between a Monsieur Lucas and Monsieur de la Motte. The record provides the details of a particularly exotic case of extra-uterine pregnancy and the accompanying difficulties, along with treatment and an attempt at surgical remedy. The bulk of the text is given over to practical application, i.e., case studies with statements of diagnosis and remedies.

Journal of the V Corps, U. S. Army, 1864-1865 : various place in Virginia/ Charles Knickerbocker Winne Keywords: Civil War medicine, military medicine, surgeon, diary The journal of Dr. Charles Knickerbocker Winne of New York, N.Y., an assistant surgeon of the Union Army.  His journal begins with the Battle of the Wilderness as Gen. U.S. Grant starts the Army of the Potomac towards Richmond. Dr. Winne kept daily records of the casualties and movements of ambulance trains until the V Corps began its march back to Washington in May of 1865. Interspersed among the statistics is a narrative of troop movements, fighting, weather conditions, health of the troops, and descriptions of wounds and of the workings of the Medical Dept. of Army of the Potomac. Dr. Winne gives details, such as names of the medical personnel.

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