McGoogan News

From the archives: 19th century pocket guide

By John Schleicher

“The anatomical remembrancer; or, complete pocket anatomist: containing a concise description of the bones, ligaments, muscles, and viscera; the distribution of the nerves, blood-vessels, and absorbents; the arrangement of the several fasciae; the organs of generation in the male and female, and the organs of the senses.”Anatomical Remembrancer

This is the title of a little book from the rare book collections of the library. It is the eighth edition of a work published by William Wood & Company in New York in 1877. This little book, not much bigger or thicker than a cell phone (it is 3½ by 5 inches and is about ¾ of an inch thick, with 297 pages), contains easily usable information, with a description in the preface saying it will “make it calculated to assist alike the practitioner and the student.”

The book belonged to and was used by Edgar C. Swift, M.D. (1857-1927), while a student at Syracuse Medical School in New York state. He received his M.D. in 1881. Some of his descendants later came to Omaha.

So, next time you pull your smart phone out of your pocket to access online resources from the McGoogan Library of Medicine, remember Dr. Swift’s little anatomical book.

From the archives: McGoogan delivers holiday cheer

By John Schleicher

Everyone knows that the stork delivers newborn babies! But for many years in Omaha, that “stork” was Leon S. McGoogan, M.D. (1900-1993), namesake of the McGoogan Library of Medicine at UNMC; whose personalized Nebraska license plates were emblazoned with the word “Stork.”McGoogan tree small 2

By his own estimate, McGoogan delivered 9,000 babies from the time he started practice in Omaha in 1930 until his retirement. During World War II, being one of only five obstetricians in the city, he delivered an average of 50 to 60 babies a month at Immanuel Hospital where his practice was located. He served as chair of UNMC’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1950-55, and again from 1961-62; for nearly sixty years he was an instructor in the department.

While busy delivering babies, teaching medical students, and volunteering for numerous civic organizations, Dr. McGoogan occupied some of his free time by creating beautiful holiday decorations for Immanuel. For Dr. McGoogan’s service to the library of medicine at UNMC, the library was named in his honor in 1978. Two of his beautiful holiday creations are among his papers and other memorabilia in the library’s Special Collections.

Happy holidays to all from the McGoogan Library staff! Dr. McGoogan’s “warm, friendly, traditional” holiday spirit lives on in the facility named for him.

From the archives: schools and colleges at UNMC

Pulse SAHP 1972

By John Schleicher

The academic structure of UNMC includes six colleges, which have been established over the last 130 years. Two of these six colleges started out as privately-owned, for-profit institutions; with three others established first as schools before they were elevated in rank to become colleges.

The oldest college is the College of Medicine, which began as the Omaha Medical College in 1881, and affiliated with the University of Nebraska in 1902. The newest college, as of July 2015, is the College of Allied Health Professions, which began as the School of Allied Health Professions in 1972.

In between, four other colleges have been established over the years. The College of Dentistry started in 1899 as the Lincoln Dental College, and became part of the university in 1903. The College of Pharmacy started as a School of Pharmacy in 1908, and was made a college in 1915. It subsequently moved to Omaha in the 1970s when the present College of Pharmacy building was built.

The School of Nursing was started in 1917, when the University Hospital opened, and it was made a college in 1972. The College of Public Health was organized in 2006.

In 1968, when the University of Nebraska administrative structure was reorganized, all health professions programs were placed under the administrative umbrella of the medical center, regardless of their location across the state. Since that time, the campuses (Lincoln, Omaha and the Medical Center—the Kearney campus joined in 1991), were considered semi-autonomous degree granting institutions within the same system, each with their own chancellor, and a university system president located in Lincoln.

The archives has various resources available if you are interested in finding out more about the history of any of UNMC’s colleges. To visit the UNMC archives, contact the Special Collections Department at 402-559-7094 to schedule an appointment or inquire at the AskUs desk on the 6th floor of the library.

Parking on campus “back in the day”

University Hospital, 1927
University Hospital, 1927

By John Schleicher

As students and faculty return to the campus for the start of the new academic year, parking can sometimes become an issue. As with most academic institutions, getting that ideal parking spot just does not happen every time.

Among the many historical images of the UNMC campus is this view from 1927, showing Unit I and Unit II of University Hospital, looking to the south/southwest. If you were standing in this spot today, Wittson Hall would be to the left (east) side, with Eppley Science Hall to the north, behind the photographer.

The Dean’s office for the College of Medicine was then located on the second floor in the front wing of the hospital (to the far left in this photo). At the time, the Dean also served as the Superintendent of the hospital. Among the various vintage automobiles in this scene would be the cars of faculty and administrative staff. Of course, not as many students had cars at that time, relying on Omaha’s street car system to get around, or living close enough to campus to walk.

So, as you search for that ideal parking spot today, remember that parking has been an issue for nearly the entire history of our campus!

 

Regents approve library recognition for Dr. Leo McCarthy

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents Thursday approved the naming of the McGoogan Library of Medicine Special Collections Suite in honor of Leo J. McCarthy, M.D.

A 1964 medical school graduate of UNMC, Dr. McCarthy is professor emeritus at Indiana University School of Medicine, where he served on the faculty from 1971-2003. At Indiana, Dr. McCarthy was professor of pathology/laboratory medicine, pathology, and pediatrics, and also was the longtime director of the division of transfusion medicine.

During his academic career, Dr. McCarthy authored more than 300 publications and was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the 2014 UNMC College of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Emily McElroy, director of the McGoogan Library of Medicine, said Dr. McCarthy has been a huge supporter of the McGoogan Library of Medicine and particularly the history of medicine.

“Dr. McCarthy’s passion for the history of medicine and the McGoogan Library of Medicine makes this a special moment for our library staff and faculty,” McElroy said. “John Schleicher, our head of special collections, and I could not be more grateful for our friendship with Dr. McCarthy. Through the support of individuals like Dr. McCarthy, the library’s special collections program will continue its tradition of excellence.”

The Special Collections Suite is located on the eighth floor of the library, room 8000A. It includes the office area for the head of special collections as well as the library’s Nebraska collection (books and journals). In addition, archival collections relating to the history of UNMC and the history of the health professions in Nebraska are kept in the suite.

Naming the suite in honor of Dr. McCarthy marks the sixth named area in the McGoogan Library, McElroy said. Previous library namings include:

  • Guinter Kahn, M.D., College of Medicine class of 1958 – sixth floor;
  • George Rosenlof, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln administrator and the uncle of UNMC alum Robert Rosenlof, M.D. – sixth floor, computer cluster area;
  • Rudolph Sievers, M.D., College of Medicine class of 1939 – eighth floor, room 8012, Sievers Facility for Interactive Instruction;
  • Clarence Bantin, M.D., College of Medicine class of 1924 – eighth floor, north rare book room; and
  • James Linder, M.D., College of Medicine class of 1980 – sixth floor, The Linder Library Lounge.

A dedication ceremony and reception for Dr. McCarthy will be held at the McGoogan Library of Medicine at 10 a.m. on Sept. 25.