Online Exhibits

David Coston Sabiston, Jr., MD

This exhibit highlights Dr. David C. Sabiston's career and contributions to medicine. Dr. Sabiston's teaching skills were legendary and he had a profound effect on surgical education. He was a gifted clinical surgeon and made major contributions to the understanding of coronary artery blood flow.

Demystify Our Images

Duke Medical Center Library & Archives and the Duke Medical Alumni Association are asking you to help enrich our understanding of people, places, and events in the history of the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and Duke University Hospital. The Archives' collections include a number of photographs which do not have all of the people, events, or dates identified. Accurate documentation will enable us to fill in historical gaps regarding Duke Medicine and to more fully assist researchers who rely upon the Archives for images and information about Duke Medicine's past.

Duke Poison Control Center: A Retrospective Exhibit

This exhibit highlights the Duke Poison Control Center, an official entity from 1954-1995. The leaders in the Duke Poison Control Center have had a profound impact on their field locally and nationally. From the design of the safety cap to community outreach and education, the Duke center has always been at the forefront of poison prevention and safety issues.

Improving Patient Care by Capturing Computerized data

This online exhibit documents the Duke Databank for Cardiovascular Disease. The databank itself was created through the vision of Dr. Eugene Stead, chair of the Duke Department of Medicine from 1946 to 1967. When the Department of Medicine received a MIRU [myocardial infarction research unit] grant to place a computer on the CCU [cardiac care unit] to monitor cardiology patients, it soon became clear that the nurses on the CCU were more valuable to the project than the computer. Dr. Stead, however, still saw the worth of computers in medicine, and foresaw that they could become an intricate part of patient care. His vision was that the computer be used hospital-wide as a "computerized textbook of medicine," replacing a doctor's fallible memory of how to treat a condition or disease with a computer's infallible memory of each patient treated in the hospital.

Med School the Easy Way

Dr. Norman Garrett and several friends entered the Duke University School of Medicine in October 1946. The following photographic "documentary" is their tongue-in-cheek guide to surviving medical school. All images contained herein are property of Dr. Garrett and his colleagues. The Medical Center Archives expresses it gratitude to Dr. Garrett for sharing his work and for allowing us to post a digital representation here.

Remembering the 65th: Duke's General Hospital Unit

Remembering the 65th: Duke's General Hospital Unit documents the staff, activities, and accomplishments of Duke's World War II hospital unit. Drawing from the Duke University Medical Center Archives collections, the exhibit features photographs, artwork, documents, and scrapbooks created by the individuals involved with the unit.

Rescue and Recovery of the USS Squalus

This exhibit documents the rescue and recovery attempts undertaken after the sinking of the USS Squalus on May 23, 1939. Items digitized in this exhibition are taken from materials donated to the Duke Medical Center Library & Archives by the family of Dr. Charles W. Shilling. The items are divided into 3 sections: I. Images used by Dr. Shilling during his numerous talks and speeches regarding the rescue and recovery of the USS Squalus, II. Firsthand narrative of the rescue of the 33 survivors provided by Dr. Shilling, and III. Images documenting the recovery of the USS Squalus prior to towing to the Portsmouth Navy Yard.

W. C. Davison Scrapbook: Osler Correspondence, 1913-1950

This digital project represents a scrapbook of letters and articles between Dean Wilburt C. Davison and Sir William and Lady Grace Osler. The first page of this scrapbook bears the inscription: "Wilburt Cornell Davison from William Osler, in memory of Oxford, July 27, 1916". Material consists largely of letters from Sir William Osler and his wife, Lady Grace Osler, to Dean Davison. There are also letters from Lady Grace Osler to Davison's wife, Atala Thayer Davison, and from Lady Grace's sister, Susan R. Chapin to Davison. All letters in the original scrapbook are accompanied by typed transcripts laid in with originals. These transcriptions have been rekeyed as part of this project in order to provide searchable text. Newspaper clippings include articles either by or relating to Osler and obituaries of Osler's and of Lady Osler's death. There is also a short manuscript by Davison, "Sir Williams Osler's story of his life".

Women in Duke Medicine: An oral history exhibit

This is an exhibit highlighting women in Duke Medicine. The purpose of the exhibit is both to look at the stories of individual women and to also go deeper into the context in which those stories took place. This exhibit includes women from multiple fields at Duke Medicine. Many of these women were pioneers or in some way firsts in those disciplines, so each has a unique historical perspective.