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2014-2015 Women in Medicine Fellow: Dr. Rebecca Kluchin

By , July 7, 2014

The Archives for Women in Medicine is pleased to announce our 2014-2015 Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine Fellow: Rebecca Kluchin, Ph.D.

Rebecca M. Kluchin, 2014-2015 Women in Medicine Fellow

Rebecca M. Kluchin, 2014-2015 Women in Medicine Fellow

Dr. Kluchin is an Associate Professor of History at California State University, Sacramento, and studies the history of women’s reproductive health in the United States.  Her first book, Fit to Be Tied: Sterilization and Reproductive Rights in America, 1950-1980 (Rutgers University Press, 2005), won the Francis Richardson Keller-Sierra Award for best monograph published in 2009 from the Western Association of Women’s Historians.  Her current project, Pregnancy and Personhood: The Maternal-Fetal Relationship in America, 1850 to the Present, examines the evolution of the public and private relationship between a woman and her pregnancy and explores the ways in which changing definitions of fetal rights, fetal personhood, maternal responsibility, and abortion have shaped the experiences and cultural understanding of pregnancy for millions of women across race and class.

Kluchin’s research shows that efforts to grant personhood rights to the “unborn” in the United States date back to the 1850s and have not always been embroiled in the politics of abortion. Pregnancy and Personhood considers the extent to which women’s experience with prenatal care, pregnancy, and motherhood has been influenced by maternal-fetal politics and studies how these politics have changed over time and why. During her time at the Countway, Kluchin will make use of numerous collections including the papers of Alan Guttmacher, Arthur T. Hertig, John Rock, Leona Baumgartner, Amalie Kass and Benjamin Osgood and as well as the records of the Boston Lying-In Hospital. Among other things, she will track the evolution of prenatal care and the language physicians used to describe the fetus and their pregnant patients’ relationship to it.  She will also consult the Countway’s collection of obstetrics guides from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as the papers of M. Judah Folkman as they relate to thalidomide.

The Women in Medicine Fellowships are offered in partnership with the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine.

Six More Online Exhibits from the Center

By , September 5, 2013

Preparation of dental fillings, submitted as student work by Frank Ellsworth Sprague, from the Lost Museum of the Harvard Dental School exhibit.

The Center for the History of Medicine continues to work hard at making its collections and exhibits available online in OnView, scanning hundreds of items from the Center’s rich collection to recreate the full visual experience of physical exhibits. OnView allows the user to view the exhibits as he or she would in the physical space, moving from item to item within the framework of the narrative. Individual items, collections, and exhibits can also be browsed and searched using subject terms and tags.

Six new exhibits, described below, have just been posted. More exhibits are coming soon.

A Broad Foundation
In 1883, Harvard Medical School moved into new quarters on Boylston Street in downtown Boston, and for the first time in a century, the school was able to provide adequate laboratory and clinical space for its students. A Broad Foundation traces the evolving history of medical education at Harvard— its faculty, students, curricula, and facilities—from the establishment of the school and its earliest days to its current state.

Conceiving the Pill
The work of John C. Rock was central to the development of the science of reproductive medicine. Conceiving the Pill follows the work of Rock and notable scientists Arthur T. Hertig and Gregory Pincus as they endeavored to conceive and deliver the birth control pill.

The Lost Museum of Harvard’s Dental School
Nearly as old as the Dental School itself, Harvard’s Dental Museum was originally intended to display specimens of mechanical dentistry prepared by graduating students. It soon became a repository for specimens of human and comparative odontology, pathology, and anatomy, instruments, models, photographs, and lantern and stereoscopic slides. The published Announcement of the Dental School for 1937 has a brief but detailed description of the Dental Museum, and information about the collection had been included in the annual catalogs for the prior sixty years. In the following year’s edition of the Announcement, however, no entry for the Museum is included, and one never appears again. Just what happened to Harvard’s Dental Museum, and where are its collections now?

To Slay the Devouring Monster
Smallpox is an ancient, terrifying, and deadly disease that has afflicted humanity for at least 2000 years. But today, smallpox is the only naturally occurring disease which is considered to be eradicated. In the bicentennial year of Benjamin Waterhouse’s vaccination experiments, the Countway Library of Medicine drew on its extraordinary collection of rare books, pamphlets, broadsides, manuscripts, letters, and artifacts—many of which were gifts from members of the Waterhouse family—to commemorate the first efforts to slay that devouring monster.

Gilt by Association
Just what makes something rare? While medical books or letters or instruments may be intrinsically interesting, offer historical insight, or fascinate simply by virtue of their age or scarcity, these items all acquire an added luster when we know where they came from and who owned them, used them, or even just touched them. Gilt by Association celebrates 800 years of milestones in the history of medicine through the rich and varied collections at the Countway Library of Medicine.

Magical Stones and Imperial Bones
Ranging from the thirteenth century to the twentieth, from the Winter Palace of the Czars of Russia, to the assassination of President Garfield, Magical Stones and Imperial Bones celebrates six centuries of significant developments in the history of medicine as documented by the diverse and wide-ranging collections here at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.

Processing of M. Judah Folkman Papers Has Begun

By , March 22, 2013

Letter to Folkman from Arthur T. Hertig explaining the history of the word angiogenesis, November 5, 1984. H MS c365. From the Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.

The Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to announce that processing of the M. Judah Folkman Papers has commenced. Folkman (M.D., 1957, Harvard) was the Julia Dyckman Andrus Professor of Pediatric Surgery and Professor of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School, as well as Surgeon-in-Chief and Director of the Vascular Biology Program, Children’s Hospital, Boston. Folkman was known for his contributions to the field of angiogenesis research, the study of the process by which a tumor attracts blood vessels to sustain itself. Folkman was a pioneer in the research of antiangiogenesis therapy for the treatment of cancer. His papers reflect his work as a surgeon, research scientist, and educator.

The collection includes Folkman’s professional correspondence, research records, teaching records, journals, and manuscript drafts and publications. It also contains Folkman’s records from when he was a student at Ohio State University and Harvard Medical School, as well as research records he generated while serving in the United States Navy. The collection also contains a number of non-paper records, including films, negatives, X-rays, videocassettes, 35 millimeter slides, and lantern slides.

The collection is currently scheduled to open in 2013.

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