May 27, 2011

SAA Webinar Opportunity

CAMA Member News

Chicago Area Archivists Split-Cost SAA Webinar

The Chicago Area Archivists are offering an opportunity to participate in a Society of American Archivists webinar.

The webinar is "Privacy and Health Information" and will delve into the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and what it means for historical records. This is a great opportunity for CAMA members!

The webinar will be hosted by the Rush University Medical Center Archives.

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May 19, 2011

3-D Movies: Teaching Surgical Techniques

CAMA Member News

3-D movies weren't always relegated to summer blockbusters at the local multiplex. They also served as important teaching tools for surgeons.

The Archives of the American College of Surgeons website recently featured a story titled "3-D Movies at the Clinical Congress" as their Highlight of the Month.

The American College of Surgeons annual Clinical Congress provides surgeons with an opportunity to observe surgical techniques in action. The drawback, historically, was the number of people who could comfortably observe the surgeries.

In 1929, films of surgeries at the Clinical Congress helped expose more people to new techniques. One of these films was even a "talkie!" By the late 1940s, attendees of the Clinical Congress could watch surgeries live via closed-circuit television. Soon afterward, they were televised in color, providing viewers with an even more "real" experience.

How could these teaching opportunities become even more real? Why, by using 3-D technology! While many people envision 1950s 3-D movies as strictly monster movie affairs, the Clinical Congress was using the same technology to impart surgical knowledge as early as 1951.

The Archives of the American College of Surgeons website features digital collections, collection highlights, and other wonderful resources. Take a moment to explore!

May 10, 2011

National Library of Medicine's Digital Collections

Research Tips

This year marks the 175th anniversary of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).  The NLM bills itself as the "World's Largest Medical Library," and it's no exaggeration.  But you don't have to visit the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, to get a taste of their collections.

The NLM collects and maintains a wide variety of historic material related to health and disease from not only the United States, but from all over the world.  It also houses material related to individuals and medical institutions from Chicago's past.  The NLM's digital collections include rare books and manuscripts, images, and audiovisual items that are easily searchable.

The National Library of Medicine's historical digital collections can be found here:

Have you found material in the NLM's digital collections that might be of interest to a CAMA institution?  Let them know!  We always appreciate the opportunity to point our researchers in the right direction.

May 2, 2011

Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology Launches New Website

CAMA Member News

The Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology recently launched a revised website, which provides worldwide access to digitized gallery objects, rare book items, multimedia files, archival collections, and artwork.

The archives component of the new website includes information on personal papers of individuals important to the history of anesthesia, institutional collections, and ephemera and print advertising.

The Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology is located in Park Ridge, Ill., northwest of Chicago. 

The Chicago Area Medical Archivists congratulate archivist and CAMA member Felicia Reilly on her institution's helpful and lovely new website.  Additional content is being added all the time, so check back often!

James Bryan Herrick, 1861-1954

CAMA Historical Figures/Facilities Project

James Herrick, 1925.
Cardiologist James B. Herrick was born in 1861 in Oak Park, Ill. He received his A.B. from the University of Michigan and taught school in Peoria and Oak Park before beginning his medical education at Rush Medical College. He received his M.D. in 1888. Upon graduation, he served an internship at the Cook County Hospital, followed by private practice in Chicago and teaching at the Rush Medical College. Herrick believed that the teaching of medicine should not be confined to didactic lessons in the classroom and often taught by example in a clinical setting. He traveled to Europe on several occasions to further his own education.

[Image Credit: Rush University Medical Center Archives, Photograph Collection, P2332b.]

Frank Billings, 1854-1932

CAMA Historical Figures/Facilities Project

Frank Billings, circa 1905.
Physician Frank Billings was born in Wisconsin, 2 April 1854. Upon completing high school, he taught in the Wisconsin schools from 1874 to 1876. In 1881, he received his medical degree from Northwestern University. He continued his medical studies in Vienna, Paris, and London, 1885-1886. Billings was an attending physician at Mercy Hospital, 1890-1898; St. Luke’s Hospital, 1890-1906; Cook County Hospital, 1890-1901;  and Presbyterian Hospital, 1898-1920. He served as Dean of Rush Medical College, 1900-1920. He introduced residents and the clerkship system to Presbyterian Hospital. 

[Image Credit: From the Rush University Medical Center Archives, Photograph Collection, #046]

Franklin Henry Martin, 1857-1935

CAMA Historical Figures/Facilities Project

Franklin H. Martin in Uniform at His Desk, 1918.   
Image courtesy of the 
American College of Surgeons Archives,
Visual Materials Collection #101
Franklin H. Martin, born in Ixonia, Wisconsin, in 1857, attended Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. He served as an intern at Mercy Hospital from 1880 to 1881. He was on the staff of the South Side Dispensary (1883-1888) and was Professor of Gynecology at the Policlinic of Chicago (1886-1888). Beginning in 1887, he was for many years a gynecologist at the Women’s Hospital of Chicago. Also in 1887, he organized the Charity Hospital of Chicago. In 1888, with Dr. W. F. Coleman, he organized the Post-Graduate Medical School of Chicago.