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Stephen Malawista had been associated with the Yale School of Medicine for over 50 years until his death last fall. His research bridged rheumatology, cell biology, inflammation, and infectious diseases. As a colleague Gerald Weismann said of him, “One might call him one of the most original, wide-ranging, and persistent biomedical researchers of his generation. He has made an unusually large number of original contributions, working in a rather unorthodox fashion. Rather than moving in a strictly linear fashion, his work has branched and regrouped as it progressed over many years.” Malawista is best known as the co-discover of Lyme Disease. Through the work of his team on the elucidation of all aspects of the disease and its treatment, Yale and Yale-New Haven Hospital have long been a major center for Lyme Disease research.
Malawista was born in Manhattan in 1934 and graduated from Harvard and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University. He first came to Yale in 1958 for residency training under Paul Beeson, but he interrupted his residency to study inflammation and gout as a clinical associate under B. N. La Du and J. E. Seegmiller at the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases (NIAMD). After completing his residency at Yale in 1963, he served as a special NIAMD fellow at Yale under Aaron Lerner. He became a member of the faculty at Yale in 1966 and served as Chief of Rheumatology for 21 years.
Before he died, Malawista gave his manuscript papers (the Malawista Papers) to the Historical Library. The Malawista Papers contain correspondence with editors, reviewer reports, drafts of articles, photographs, and handwritten notes.
eNeurosurgery is a library of neurosurgical e-books from Thieme Publishers. It also includes a collection of illustrated procedures as well as images and videos. The product has the capability to search the Thieme e-journals and the PubMed database. To find eNeurosurgery, go to the Resources list on the home page, or use Orbis or the e-books database to look it up by title.
The Historical Library of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University is pleased to announce its seventh annual Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Award for use of the Historical Library.
The Medical Historical Library, located in New Haven, Connecticut, holds one of the country’s largest collections of rare medical books, journals, prints, photographs, and pamphlets. Special strengths are the works of Hippocrates, Galen, Vesalius, Boyle, Harvey, Culpeper, Priestley, and S. Weir Mitchell, and works on anesthesia, and smallpox inoculation and vaccination. The Library owns over fifty medieval and renaissance manuscripts, Arabic and Persian manuscripts, and over 300 medical incunabula. The notable Clements C. Fry Collection of Prints and Drawings has over 2,500 fine prints, drawings, and posters from the 15th century to the present on medical subjects. The library also holds a great collection of tobacco advertisements, patent medicine ephemera, and a large group of materials from Harvey Cushing, one of the founding fathers of neurosurgery.
The 2014-2015 travel grant is available to historians, medical practitioners, and other researchers who wish to use the collections of the Medical Historical Library. There is a single award of up to $1,500 for one week of research during the academic fiscal year July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015. Funds may be used for transportation, housing, food, and photographic reproductions. The award is limited to residents of the United States and Canada. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae and a description of the project including the relevance of the collections of the Historical Library to the project, and two references attesting to the particular project. Preference will be given to applicants beyond commuting distance to the Historical Library. This award is for use of Medical Historical special collections and is not intended for primary use of special collections in other libraries at Yale. Applications are due by Sunday, APRIL 27th, 2014. They will be considered by a committee and the candidates will be informed by JUNE 6th, 2014. An application form can be found on our website: http://historical.medicine.yale.edu/us/grant
Applications and requests for further information should be sent to:
Melissa Grafe, Ph.D
John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
P.O. Box 208014
New Haven, CT 06520-8014
Telephone: 203- 785-4354
Opening Reception: November 18 6:00 -7:30 p.m.
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Rotunda
On view: November 18, 2013 to January 17, 2014
This is a student-curated exhibit from Professor Paola Bertucci’s undergraduate seminar, Spies, Secrets, and Science.
Books of secrets divulged medicinal, alchemical, artisanal, and other kinds of “secrets” of nature and the arts. These “cheap” books, mostly written as books of recipes or how-to manuals, met with extraordinary success around the 16th century; they were also translated into several languages and reprinted until the 19th century.
Whether real or imaginary, their authors achieved a remarkable level of authority among the reading public. The legendary “Isabella Cortese” and “Alessio Piemontese” revealed much about nature and its hidden ways of operating, just as their better known contemporaries Francis Bacon and René Descartes.
Selections from the Medical Historical Library's collections will be on display.
The Iconographie photographique de la Salpêtrière (1876-80), a landmark publication in medical photography, is on view in the Rotunda of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library through November 15th, 2013. This collection of texts and photographs represents the female patients of Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot at the Salpêtrière hospital and asylum during the years of his tenure as director. The patients, diagnosed primarily with hysteria or epilepsy, were treated at the asylum even as they acted as experimental subjects for Charcot’s development of the hysteria diagnosis. This collection represents a transformative moment in the history of the diagnosis, treatment, and representation of mental illness. The exhibit was organized by Courtney Thompson, doctoral student in the Program in the History of Medicine, and Susan Wheeler, Curator for Prints and Drawings at the Medical Library.
See the photographs at http://cushing.med.yale.edu/gsdl/collect/salpetre/