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GINSBURG HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARY HOSTS NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE "OPENING DOORS" EXHIBIT

January 21, 2013

 

Now on display in the Ginsburg Health Sciences Library lobby, the NLM traveling exhibit - “Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons” - celebrates the contributions of African American academic surgeons to medicine and medical education. It tells the stories of four pioneering African American surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields and believe in continuing the journal of excellence through education and mentoring of younger physicians and surgeons. The exhibit will remain in the Library until February 1, 2013.

 

The NLM traveling exhibit, Opening Doors, takes the visitor on a journey through the lives and achievements of four academic surgeons.

The NLM traveling exhibit, Opening Doors, takes the visitor on a journey through the lives and achievements of four academic surgeons.

 

Inspired by Opening Doors, the Library is concurrently hosting a display of archival materials* which detail the history of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital and Training School, one of the first African American owned and operated hospitals and training schools. Celebrating the achievements of African American medical professionals in the City of Philadelphia, the display covers the beginnings of the Frederick Douglass Hospital in the late 1800s through a merger to become the Mercy Douglass Hospital, through its eventual closing. The dedication, determination, and contributions of a few individuals in Philadelphia history are noted.

 

Operating room, Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital, founded in Philadelphia in 1895. Photo courtesy of National Library of Medicine.

Operating room, Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital, founded in Philadelphia in 1895.

Photo courtesy of National Library of Medicine.

 

One of the legacies of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital is the Mercy Douglass Lectureship which continues to this day.

One of the legacies of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital is the Mercy Douglass Lectureship which continues to this day.

 

Read more on the NLM website: Traveling Exhibition

 

* Materials courtesy of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection and the Special Collection Research Center, Temple University Libraries.