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Anatomy at the Bleeding Edge

June-September 2007

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Original drawing by Clarice Ashworth Francone. Francone began working part-time at the University of Oregon Medical School in 1936, eventually becoming head of the Medical Illustration department. For many years, Francone was the only medical illustrator in Oregon.

As an homage to the Body Worlds exhibit that opened June 6, 2007 at OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry), we have installed a new display in the University Library: Anatomy at the Bleeding Edge. As usual, the exhibit brings together materials from our historical image, book, archives and museum collections, this time to highlight the history of anatomy and anatomical teaching at OHSU.

Notable items include:

  • The Bourgery Atlas
  • Da Vinci drawings
  • Sketches from the Clarice Ashworth Francone Collection
  • Images from Vesalius' De humani corporis fabrica, 2nd folio edition, 1955
  • Images of early anatomy labs at the University of Oregon Medical School

These items are displayed but are not included among these images. Some can be viewed on the OHSU Digital Resources Library.

  • Reconstitutable human aorta
  • Plasticized human heart
  • Plasticized coronary artery structure
  • Human skulls and vertebrae

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UOMS Anatomy Department 1913, John Hughes, 1913 graduate, is on right. In the University catalog for this year it states that "…there is a large, light, well ventilated dissecting room, supplied with stone-top tables. The Department possesses a complete set of Bocks' anatomical models; an excellent articulated skeleton…"and "Dissecting material is abundant."

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UOMS Anatomy Department, 1913: University of Oregon Medical School student, John Hughes, is 2nd from the right.

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UOMS Anatomy Lab, ca 1907: Agnes Hansen, and 1907 graduates Adalbert G. Bettman, William Evert Smith and Fred Russell Chaney.

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Anatomy Lab, undated: there is no information for this image.

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UOMS Anatomy Lab, the people shown in this undated photograph, with a cadaver and skeleton, are unidentified.

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UOMS Anatomy class 1924: David Baird, former Dean of the Medical School (1943- 1968), as Instructor in Anatomy.

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Isaac Newton Sanders: Sanders is in the back row on the far right. Sanders graduated from the Willamette University Medical Department in 1900.

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Original drawing by Clarice Ashworth Francone. Francone, medical illustrator at UOMS, spent her second year of medical illustration study at Johns Hopkins University, training under Max Bröedel, the father of medical illustration, before coming to Oregon.

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Original drawing by Clarice Ashworth Francone. Francone illustrated a number of books, some of which she is credited as co-author. Perhaps the best known of these is an anatomy and physiology textbook, Structure and Function of Man, which she co-authored with Dr. Stanley Jacob, professor of surgery at the University of Oregon Medical School. She prepared over 600 illustrations for this work.

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Image from Andreas Vesalius's De humani corporis fabrica, 2nd folio edition, 1555 p. 205. The copy held by the Oregon Health & Science University Historical Collections & Archives was donated in 1980 by a former student, Norman J. Holter.

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Image from Andreas Vesalius's De humani corporis fabrica, 2nd folio edition, 1555, p. 210. Norman J. Holter bought this volume in a rare-book store for approximately $1,500.

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Image from Andrea Vesalius's De humani corporis fabrica, 1555, p.114. According to some, revisions to the first edition, published in 1543, make this edition more accurate.

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Image from Andreas Vesalius's De humani corporis fabrica, 2nd folio edition, 1555, p.230.

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Image from Andreas Vesalius's De humani corporis fabrica, 2nd folio edition, 1555, p.246

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Image from Andreas Vesalius's De humani corporis fabrica, 2nd folio edition: 1555.

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Image from Leonardo Da Vinci: Corpus of the anatomical studies in the collection of Her Majesty, the Queen, at Windsor Castle / by Kenneth D. Keele and Carlo Pedretti. 1 recto. This copy is no. 70 of 998 sets. It is owned jointly by Oregon Health & Science University Library, Reed College Library, and Wilson W. Clark Memorial Library of the University of Portland.

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Image from Leonardo Da Vinci: Corpus of the anatomical studies in the collection of Her Majesty, the Queen, at Windsor Castle / by Kenneth D. Keele and Carlo Pedretti. 31 verso. The images displayed are from two text volumes and portfolio box fully leather-bound in Nigerian goatskin dyed royal blue. The spines are embossed in gold. They are printed on specially-designed 100% rag mold-made paper, with three exposed gilded edges.

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Image from Leonardo Da Vinci: Corpus of the anatomical studies in the collection of Her Majesty, the Queen, at Windsor Castle / by Kenneth D. Keele and Carlo Pedretti. 83 recto. London: Johnson Reprint Co. Ltd; [New York]: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1978-1980.

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Image from Leonardo Da Vinci: Corpus of the anatomical studies in the collection of Her Majesty, the Queen, at Windsor Castle / by Kenneth D. Keele and Carlo Pedretti. 95 recto. Included in these volumes are an introduction and editorial notes. Transcriptions, translations and anatomical notes are by K. D. Keele, while commentary on the reassembled sheets and their chronology are by C. Pedretti.