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Fall exhibit: "Historical Illustrations of Skin Disease: Selections from the New Sydenham Society Atlas 1860-1884," opening September 17

10 September 2015 - 12:04pm -- Susan Wheeler

Historical Illustrations of Skin Disease:  Selections from the New Sydenham Society Atlas 1860-1884

image from the exhibitThe Atlas of Skin Diseases was among the first publications undertaken, in 1859, by the New Sydenham Society. 

Time-consuming and costly to produce, it was issued in seventeen parts over a period of twenty-four years. 

In this exhibit, Yale dermatologists Jean Bolognia and Irwin Braverman present the celebrated nineteenth century illustrations to a current clinical audience, making a relevant teaching point with each plate.  Twenty-five of the Atlas’ forty-nine plates are selected for display.  They depict cutaneous diseases ranging from the common, e.g. psoriasis and eczema, to the rare, e.g. iododerma and systematized epidermal nevi.  Examples of skin signs of systemic disease, including Addison’s disease, neurofibromatosis, and lupus erythematosus, are also shown.  The emotional toll which these chronic diseases inflicted upon patients is a striking feature of the many portraits on view. 

The exhibit is curated by Drs. Jean Bolognia and Irwin Braverman, Professors of Dermatology at the School of Medicine, and Susan Wheeler, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Library.

On view:  September 17, 2015-January 10, 2016

New Acquisitions: Posters on Social Justice and Medicine by Rachael Romero

19 June 2015 - 11:09am -- Susan Wheeler

Sterilization poster

The Medical Historical Library has recently acquired a collection of twenty-nine posters and digital works on themes of social justice and health care by artist/activist Rachael Romero.  Many works date from 1975 to 1982 and were created by Ms. Romero for the San Francisco Poster Brigade which she co-founded.   Originally displayed on city streets—often on the sides of buildings—the posters bear messages such as “Decent Housing is a Basic Right.” and “Preventive Medicine, Not Costly Operations.”

Documented in the collection is “The Fight for the International Hotel,” which became a local cause cèlébre in 1976-78 when the hotel which provided low cost accommodations and community was threatened by, and subsequently razed for, development. 

Two recent original digital works reflect Ms. Romero’s personal odyssey through diagnosis and treatment of a brain tumor.

"The Perfect Man" on view in the Library

7 February 2014 - 2:05pm -- Susan Wheeler

The Perfect Man recently acquired by the Historical Library
 on view in the Cushing Rotunda

Join us for an exhibit tour of selected acquisitions
with curator Susan Wheeler
Wednesday, February 19, at 12 noon



In 1895, the original bodybuilder Eugen Sandow was proclaimed “the perfect man” by Dudley Sargent (YMS 1878).  In 1827, former slave Belfast Burton was paid tribute by his patients and mentor in a rare broadside testimonial circulated in Philadelphia.  In 1871, J.J. Woodward shared the first micrographs taken in sunlight with the Surgeon General.  In 1891, Victor Emile Prouvé employed the most delicate coloring to render opium’s intoxicating sleep state in an art print distributed through subscription portfolio.   In 1902, James Haran, British medical officer in newly founded Nairobi, attended all the victims of plague (the first of many outbreaks) leaving complete case records.   In 1922, artist Käthe Kollwitz created pro bono a poster announcing public events during Anti-Alcohol Week in Schöneberg, a locality of Berlin. In 1978, Rachel Romero and the San Francisco Poster Brigade plastered the city with activist art “To Hell with their Profits:  Stop Forced Drugging of Psychiatric Inmates” produced for the Mental Patients Liberation Movement.

These and other acquisitions are on view through May 2, 2014.  They are a small sampling of the substantial number of acquisitions through endowment made by the Historical Library, Cushing\Whitney Medical Library.

The Crack Up by Corporal Wayne Seese

4 April 2013 - 11:58am -- Susan Wheeler

 

 Wayne Seese U.S.A. 1918-1980         

   The Crack Up, c.1946

      Watercolor

Bequest of Clements C. Fry 1955

“Combat Art,” created by designated soldier artists, was widely exhibited during World War II and also illustrated popular publications such as LIFE magazine.   

Clements C. Fry, Yale psychiatrist and collector, purchased this drawing in 1946 after having seen it in an exhibition in  Washington, D.C., where he served on the National Research Council. 

On request, the artist Corporal Wayne Seese provided a description:

     The “Crack Up” came from a scene I witnessed on the island of New Britain, after the Cape Gloucester campaign….One night as we sat in our tent, Bedlam broke out across the street at sick bay.  Rushing over there, we came upon the scene I have put down on paper.

     Yelling, sobbing, and talking, the kid was held down by a couple of his buddies while the doctor prepared a sedative.  The scene was pretty weird with hundreds of fellows drawn by morbid curiosity standing in the darkness….

     The kid was a rugged looking boy about nineteen or twenty, a messman at the time.  He stepped out of his tent and in the darkness ran into a tree and went to pieces.  Rumor was that he had just received a letter that both his mother & father were killed in an accident, but I don’t know.

Wayne Seese served with the First Marine Division in the South Pacific campaign

“The Crack Up” is on view through April 11, 2013.

http://library.medicine.yale.edu/featured/war

 

We've Still Got A Job To Do!

14 March 2013 - 11:17am -- Susan Wheeler

Howard Scott U.S.A. 1902-1983

We Still Have a Big Job to Do! 1943

U.S. Government Printing Office for the U.S. Navy, Industrial Incentive Division

Purchased through the John F. Fulton Fund 2012

During World War II, the Industrial Incentive Division of the U.S. Navy sought to improve morale among workers in U.S. industrial plants by emphasizing the importance of the plant’s products in the overall war effort. The morale initiative, begun in May of 1943, employed audio interviews and other messages piped in through speaker systems in the workplace;  exhibited combat action photographs, specially commissioned posters and combat motion pictures in the workplace; and arranged for returned combat personnel to visit the plants engaged in war production.

This recently acquired poster, created to boost the morale of defense industry workers during World War II, is on view through April 12, 2013

http://library.medicine.yale.edu/featured/war

Exhibit: War

28 January 2013 - 3:04pm -- Susan Wheeler

On view in the Library Corridor

War

Selections from the Collection of Prints and Drawings and the Historical Medical Poster Collection

Eyewitness renderings of medicine in the field during World War I and World War II, together with posters from various wartime agencies, show part of the war experience and its effect on individuals.

 

Exhibit: Nurses

2 October 2012 - 1:53pm -- Susan Wheeler

On view in the Hallway September 22 through January 14, 2013.

Nurses

Selected from the Historical Medical Poster Collection and the Collection of Prints and Drawings

Dan Smith, U.S.A. 20th century
Complete Your Education Then Come With Me  c. 1917-1918
Purchased through the John F. Fulton Fund 2010

John Mills U.S.A. active 20th century
Help! c.1917-1918
Purchased through the Kent Ellis Fund 2008

F. Samuels Brummer U.S.A. 20th century
Take a Red Cross Home Nursing Course c. 1943-1945
Purchased through the John F. Fulton Fund 2010

Doctors are Scarce 1943
for the Office of War Information
Purchased through the Kent Ellis Fund 2010

Exhibit: Food and Nutrition Posters

5 July 2012 - 3:32pm -- Susan Wheeler

On view June 22through September 17 in the Medical Library Foyer.

 
 

Avoid Fatigue: Eat a Lunch that Packs a Punch! 1943
Published by the War Food Administration
United States Department of Agriculture
Gift of George M. Smith 1943

During World War II, responsible food habits were promoted as a contribution to the war effort by the U.S. government.

The Eat to Beat the Devil series published in 1942 by Servel, Inc., makers of the gas refrigerator, fostered the idea of “eating for victory” and promoted good nutrition as an expression of patriotism.

Eat to Beat the Devil 1942  
Published by Servel, Inc.
Purchased through the John F. Fulton Fund 2007

Exhibit: Grant Wood's "Family Doctor" and More

2 July 2012 - 2:39pm -- Susan Wheeler

"Family Doctor" by Grant Wood and Works by Other Mid 20th Century American Artists

on view  June 22-September 17 in the library hallway

Grant Wood's iconic lithograph "Family Doctor," for which he used his personal physician as a model, is currently on view with twelve other prints and drawings by American artists.  



"Family Doctor" by Grant Wood, 1940
Lithograph



"Children's Ward" by Robert Riggs, c.1940
Lithograph

Exhibit: Maternity Care in Pictures

21 June 2012 - 11:58pm -- Susan Wheeler

Maternity Care in Pictures:  
A Portfolio of 31 Teaching Charts Showing Safe Maternity Care, 1939

Published by the Maternity Center Association

on view June 22 through September 17 in the Cushing Rotunda.

 
This set of small posters, shown in its entirety, was designed for parenting classes, waiting rooms, and formal exhibits.  Many of the posters employed “photomontage” which combined a photographic image with a drawn background—a “modern” graphic technique which served to reinforce the “modern” message. 

The Maternity Center Association in New York developed the first classes for expectant parents as part of comprehensive maternity services.   In 1938, it offered the first classes for fathers. 

The well- worn set was transferred in 2009 to the Historical Library from the open stacks where it was spotted by a member of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Services.  The set is now quite rare--one of four in World Cat, the largest public access online library catalog.

This set is available online in the Cushing\Whitney Medical Digital Library.

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