Screening of The Power to Heal: Transforming America’s Segregated Hospitals on May 1

By , April 3, 2018

The Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine
is pleased to co-sponsor the following film screening

RSVP by Monday, April 23: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/power-to-healfilmscreening
QUESTIONS: ying_wang@hms.harvard.edu or 617-432-2313

 

 

 

Register Now! “A Contagious Cause: The Search for Cancer Viruses and the Growth of American Biomedicine” on April 24

By , April 3, 2018

The Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, invites you to join us for the lecture A Contagious Cause: The Search for Cancer Viruses and the Growth of American Biomedicine with Robin Wolfe Scheffler, Leo Marx Career Development Professor in History and Culture of Science and Technology at the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, MIT.

Throughout the twentieth century, few theories have caused more hope and frustration than the idea that cancer might be caused by a virus. This search for cancer viruses over successive generations of medical, scientific, and organizational advances serves as a lens through which we can understand the political ground upon which biology and medicine merged to form biomedicine in America and which enabled biologists to reimagine the nature of life in molecular terms.

The event will take place on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 in the Minot Room, Countway Library, from 6:00-7:00.  Registration is required.  Please visit our EventBrite page to register.

 

Staff Finds: Vanderbilt Hall Field

By , April 3, 2018
George Packer Berry

George Packer Berry

While processing the records from the Office of the Dean from the tenure of George Packer Berry, Center staff came across correspondence and a site plan for a proposed softball and playing field (along with renovations to existing tennis facilities) to be constructed adjacent to Vanderbilt Hall. The plan was presented to Berry by members of the Aesculapian Club in December 1950. Despite concerns voiced by the Department of Buildings and Grounds that the plan may have been in violation of building restrictions imposed by the federal government due to the Korean War, the 1952 edition of the student handbook appears to note the existent of the field:

In addition to eight regulation squash courts and the basketball court there is an exercise room equipped with punching bags, weights and bars, and a matted wrestling room…. Outdoor facilities consist of a tennis court–newly rebuilt–and the field behind the parking lot, for softball, touch football, and the like.

The 1951 Aesculapiad references funds for the “cost of improving the school’s athletic field and tennis court” and the 1953 edition mentions the “building of a ball field”, both from the Aesculapian Club sections of the yearbook.

The site plan and accompanying correspondence are located below.

The finding aid for the Office of the Dean of Harvard Medical School can be found here.

Thanks to Public Services Librarian Jack Eckert for his assistance with this post. For information regarding access to this collection, please contact the Public Services staff.

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