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Last Chance to Experience 200 Years of Health System History!

by Kimberley Barker on 2018-12-06T11:06:00-05:00 | Comments

This article was written by Emily Bowden, and edited by Kimberley Barker.

If you haven’t been to see the bicentennial exhibition, “UVA Health System: 200 Years of Learning, Research, and Care,” make time to do so this month! The exhibition closes the first week of January 2019. A joint project of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, the Eleanor Crowder Boring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry, and the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, this exhibition explores the 200-year development of the UVA Health System and trends in the history of the health sciences that helped shape the institution that UVA is today.

Items featured in the exhibition include an iron lung used in the UVA Hospital, bloodletting instruments from the 19th century, an early ECG machine, a nursing student’s uniform from the 1950s, and many historical photographs. Visitors can also view a digital model of Thomas Jefferson’s Anatomical Theatre and a short film of surgery being performed at the hospital in 1927.


Images from the exhibition (clockwise from upper left): Barbara Dunn, first graduate student in the School of Nursing, 1976; UVA medical student administering anesthesia, 1913; Octavia Stevenson, pharmacology researcher, 1958; James Trice, UVA medical resident, 1993.

From the early 19th century to the present, the Health System has grown from a small school with a single professor into a world-class academic medical center and regional health care network. The exhibition also takes a closer look at some specific topics in this 200-year history, including medical and nursing education, patient care, biomedical research, wartime service, and racial inequality.

“UVA Health System: 200 Years of Learning, Research, and Care” will be on display in the Main Gallery of the Harrison Institute and Small Special Collections Library (160 McCormick Road) until January 4, 2019. A Curator’s Tour of the exhibition will be offered on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 9:00-10:00 AM. Join us on this guided tour for a “behind-the-scenes” look at the history and an opportunity to talk with exhibition curators. For more information about the exhibition and related programs, contact Dan Cavanaugh, Alvin V. and Nancy Baird Curator of Historical Collections, dmc7be@virginia.edu. You can also read more about the exhibition at uvahealth200.lib.virginia.edu


This exhibition was produced with the support of the University of Virginia Bicentennial with funding provided by the Alumni Board of Trustees.

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