Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Grant System Leads Cancer Researchers to Play It Safe
By GINA KOLATA
Published: June 28, 2009
A major impediment in the fight against cancer is that most research grants go to projects unlikely to break much ground.
Bert's book has quite a bit on antitoxins, serums and therapies derived from attenuated germs in animals. So much so that I was planning on writing to him and asking if he knew why nobody was using these types of methods anymore, in favor of relying on vaccination and antibiotics. At one point he noted that there were over 70 different tuberculosis serums - if drug-resistant TB continues to evolve, and by definition it will, one would think this earlier cure holds new promise.
However, this article from tomorrow's paper harks back to the future, and again, Bert's book can shed light on these historical techniques being rediscovered.
New Treatment for Cancer Shows Promise in Testing
By NICHOLAS WADE
Published: June 29, 2009
A new method of attacking cancer cells, developed by researchers in Australia, has proved surprisingly effective in animal tests.
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is going on this week, and in the Wales section is a small exhibit on the history of medicine.
Wales turns out to be a major source for medicinal leeches, sold by Biopharma.
There is also a small display of historical pharmaceuticals.
Pill rollers aren't all that uncommon even now, but that's a nice ledger and some good ephemera in the labels.
The largest section was a medical garden.
The exhibit is up through July 5th
Friday, June 26, 2009
Anyway, she found two pen-and-ink drawings made by the Medical Illustration Service for disease prevention that I'd never seen before. The originals are much better than what's reproduced here, but they're a great example of one kind of work the Medical Museum illustrators did.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I'm really enjoying his look at the graphic history (including editorial cartoons and comic books) of medicine. Bert's explanations of the shifting cultural view of medicine resulting from mass media, especially regarding both the transmittal of knowledge to a wider audience than ever before, and, as he points out most convincingly in this book, for the public support of science and medicine, is wildly overlooked in the field at large. His website has reproductions of some of the cartoons and he's planning on adding to it.
Here's the official PR:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PICTURING MEDICAL PROGRESS FROM PASTEUR TO POLIO
A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes in America
“Bert Hansen’s rich exploration of the intersection of popular culture and the history of medicine opens wide a window on a time between the 1880s and the 1950s when physicians, nurses, and scientists were highly regarded warriors against disease and human suffering. It is a major contribution to our understanding of how medicine’s cultural authority was established and expanded in the United States, vital to scholars and valuable to those who hope to spark a renewed enthusiasm among Americans for the study of science and medicine.”
—Alan Kraut, professor of history, American University
Today, pharmaceutical companies, HMOs, insurance carriers, and the health care system in general may often puzzle and frustrate the general public—and even physicians and researchers. By contrast, from the 1880s through the 1950s Americans enthusiastically embraced medicine and its practitioners. PICTURING MEDICAL PROGRESS FROM PASTEUR TO POLIO (Paper $37.95, ISBN: 978-0-8135-4576-9, July 2009), by Bert Hansen, offers a refreshing portrait of an era when the public excitedly anticipated medical progress and research breakthroughs.
PICTURING MEDICAL PROGRESS FROM PASTEUR TO POLIO is a unique study with 130 archival illustrations drawn from newspaper sketches, caricatures, comic books, Hollywood films, and LIFE magazine photography. This book analyzes the relationship between mass media images and popular attitudes. Bert Hansen considers the impact these representations had on public attitudes and shows how media portrayal and popular support for medical research grew together and reinforced each other.
“This book is analytical, nostalgic, sensitive, and just plain fun. Bert Hansen's meticulous privileging of the visual is a pathbreaking achievement for methods in the social and cultural history of medicine. You can be rewarded simply by looking at the wonderful pictures, but you will ‘see’ so much more in his lively prose.”
—Jacalyn Duffin, Hannah Professor, Queen's University, and former
president of the American Association for the History of Medicine
“Even as a long-time collector of medical prints, I learned a lot from this extraordinary book. Hansen's digging has turned up many discoveries, providing a new perspective on graphic art in popular culture. The images are wonderful, but this is not just a picture book; it's a great read as well, filled with remarkable insights.”
—William Helfand, trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
“PICTURING MEDICAL PROGRESS FROM PASTEUR TO POLIO is an authoritative, well-written account that will be a significant contribution not only to the history of American medicine, but to the history of American popular culture.”
—Elizabeth Toon, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester
BERT HANSEN, a professor of history at Baruch College, has published a book on medieval science and many articles on the history of modern medicine and public health.
PICTURING MEDICAL PROGRESS FROM PASTEUR TO POLIO
A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes in America
Paper $37.95 | ISBN 978-0-8135-4576-9
Cloth $75.00 | ISBN 978-0-8135-4526-4 | 350 pages | 7 x 10
Publication Date: July 2009
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 24, 2009
The President released a statement after signing HR 2346 in the Oval Office:
"I want to thank the Members of Congress who put politics aside and stood up to support a bill that will provide for the safety of our troops and the American people. This legislation will make available the funding necessary to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end, defeat terrorist networks in Afghanistan, and further prepare our nation in the event of a continued outbreak of the H1N1 pandemic flu."
Final Moratorium Language for Public Law No: 111-32
“Sec. 1001. None of the funds appropriated in this or any other Act may be used to disestablish, reorganize, or relocate the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology , except for the Armed Forces Medical Examiner and the National Museum of Health and Medicine, until the President has established, as required by section 722 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (Public Law 110-181; 122 Stat. 199; 10 U.S.C. 176 note), a Joint Pathology Center , and the Joint Pathology Center is demonstrably performing the minimum requirements set forth in section 722 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008.”
The President signed the supplemental yesterday afternoon, with the moratorium language in it.
Florabel G. Mullick, MD, ScD, FCAP
Senior Executive Service
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Fresh Air from WHYY, June 24, 2009 · In previous wars, fallen soldiers rarely received post-mortem examinations, but that changed in 2001, when the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology began conducting autopsies on all slain service men and women. In 2004, the examinations were expanded to include CT scans.
CT Scans help show the pathway of wounds caused by bullets or shrapnel so that a less invasive autopsy can be conducted. While this improves the work of doctors, the data has a grim upside.
Captain Craig T. Mallak, a pathologist and lawyer who is also the chief of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, describes how the physical and sometimes virtual autopsies of soldiers who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan have not only assisted in the design of body armor, helmets and vehicle shields, but medical equipment as well.
One specific example is the recent improvement of chest tubes used buy combat medics. By examining 100 Ct Scans and measuring wounds, doctors found that because soldiers were in better shape than civilians, they needed longer tubes and needles to penetrate the chest wall and reach the collapsed lung.
Combat medics now carry the improved equipment on the battlefield.
The Seminary at Forest Glenn, the former’s girl school turned Army base, turned condos, has a tour this weekend:
Visitors to the Museum can see a mural by Jack McMillen of how the Seminary appeared during World War 2.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
By ALAN SCHWARZ
Published: June 23, 2009
Twenty members of the military have donated their brain tissue upon death to help scientists determine the effects of blast injuries on the brain.
FW: Interested in medical illustration? Register today for NMHM's FREE medical illustration class, July 11th.
“An Introduction to Techniques in Medical Illustration”
When: Saturday, July 11, 2009 (1:00 – 4:00 p.m.)
Where: National Museum of Health and Medicine
What: This workshop will explore the delicate beauty of traditional carbon dust illustration. While working from real specimens, participants will learn about the careful observation and drawing techniques required to create beautiful and accurate drawings using carbon dust, colored pencil, and ink. Ages 13 to adult. All levels welcome.
Course leader: Elizabeth Lockett, Scientific Illustrator and Collections Manager of the Museum’s Human Developmental Anatomy Center
Pre-registration is required by July 1, 2009: (202) 782-2673. Class limited to 15 students.
Photo ID required.
Information: email@example.com or (202) 782-2673
Monday, June 22, 2009
The Medical Museion blog mentioned their blog rank and put a link to a blog ranking site - so I checked it out.
We’re #6, right above them, and higher than any art museums whom I expected would fill the top tier.
To be honest, I have no idea how they figure this out and looking at individual stats further down makes our whole ranking look fishy, but it was neat to see.
Here’s the announcement –
Director - National Museum of Dentistry - Baltimore, MD
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
This local Indiana online news network talks about the cadaver prosection course that an NMHM staff member attended last year, and another is planning to attend this year.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Catalogue records for 2057 files/folders from the Archives’ Medical Ephemera collection of clippings, brochures and pamphlets were imported as titles into our new computer catalogue EMU today. These are from 3 series – biographical, organizational and subject files. An example would read as: Ephemera - Trade Literature - folder - Barton, Clara (1821-1912) [Medical Ephemera] so when we eventually get the catalogue online you could search on *Barton in the titles, and you’ll get this file. In the meantime, you can still use this static (and sorry, out of date) finding aid at http://www.nmhm.washingtondc.museum/collections/archives/asearch/afinding_aids/ephemera/ephemera.html
©2008 David Macaulay
“The real beauty of the human body, as it turns out, has little to do with outward appearance. It is displayed in and beneath the skin in a remarkable demonstration of economy and efficiency.”
— David Macaulay from The Way We Work
“David Macaulay: Author Talk & Book Signing”
When: Friday, June 12, 2009 (1:00-2:30 p.m.)
Saturday, June 13, 2009 (10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. & 1:00-2:30 p.m.)
Where: National Museum of Health and Medicine
What: Join David Macaulay for an interactive and lively discussion about his new book, “The Way We Work,” as he illuminates the most important machine of all -- the human body. Your body is made up of various complex systems, and Macaulay is a master at making the complex understandable. He shows how the parts of the body work together, from the mechanics of a hand, to the process by which the heart pumps blood, to the chemical exchanges necessary to sustain life. A book signing will follow the discussion.
Bring your kids along! This is a great opportunity to teach children about the human body.
Photo ID required.
Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 782-2200
David Macaulay bio: Born on December 2, 1946, Macaulay was eleven when his family moved from England to the United States. An early fascination with simple technology and a love of model-making and drawing ultimately led him to study architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. He received his degree in 1969 after spending his fifth year with RISD’s European Honors Program in Rome. Macaulay is probably best known for a very thick book called “The Way Things Work” (1988), an exhaustively researched compendium of the intricate workings involved in almost anything that functions. It was followed by “Black and White,” winner of the 1991 Caldecott Medal. Over the next decade, Macaulay published eight additional books, and in 2003 he began a volume about the workings of the human body—the results of which comprise this exhibition. In 2006, Macaulay was named a MacArthur fellow.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM), Forest Glen, Maryland presolicitation construction bid online
Y--National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM), Forest Glen, Maryland
Office: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Location: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore
This two-step procurement is being advertised as a Request for Proposal (RFP). Phase I consists solely of qualifications of contractors. Phase II requires the government to evaluate separate technical and cost proposals. This RFP requires the government to perform separate concurrent evaluations based on the best value award of the project.
In phase I the prequalification phase offerors will submit their technical proposal as directed in the solicitation. The government will competitively evaluate the proposals based on the evaluation criteria set forth in the solicitation package issued on or about 12 June 2009. There will be a site visit at 0100 EST local time, on or about 22 June 2009. Qualifications of contractors are due on or about 13 July 2009.
In phase II, those offerors who pre-qualified under the Phase I qualification stage will be issued an amendment for Phase II ON OR ABOUT 11 September 2009. There will be a site visit on or about 16 September 2009. Proposals will be due on or about 16 October 2009, and will include the specification package and associated plans or drawings.
Estimated cost of construction is between $10,000,000.00 and $25,000,000.00. Completion of work required no longer than 450 days.
This is a Best Value 2 phase procurements Small Business Set-Aside, FAR 19.502 (a) & (b). Rule 2 applies, DFARS 219.1502-2.
This is a BRAC 05 Medical MILCON project consist of design and construction of a new 20,000 + or GSF museum. The primary facility includes a building, special foundations, building information systems, fire protection and alarm systems and connection to Energy Monitoring and Control Systems (EMCS). Comprehensive interior design is required. Anti-terrorist Force Protection (ATFP) measures and intrusion detection system (IDS) are required. ADA compliance and LEED silver rating is to be provided. Heating, air conditioning and moisture control will be self contained system. Commissioning is required.
Supporting facilities to include utilities, external lighting, signage, ATFP features, paving, curbs, walks, storm water management and site improvement features.
EVALUATION CRITERIA WILL BE PART OF THE SOLICITATION.
After issuance of solicitation:
Submit responses in person to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, City Crescent Building, ATTN: Mary Tully, Room 7000, 10 South Howard Street, Baltimore, MD 21201; or by mail to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, ATTN: Mary Tully CENAB-CT, P.O. Box 1715, Baltimore, MD 21203-1715. Facsimile transmissions will not be accepted. All deliveries, packages, etc. of more than one box or container must be bound together by tape or other means.
All responsible sources may submit a proposal which shall be considered by the agency. You must be registered in the (CCR) Central Contractor Registration to be considered for award of a Federal contract. Registration can be found at Website: http:/ccr.gov. Or call CCR at 1-888-227-2423. A paper form for registration may be obtained from the DOD Electronic Commerce Information Center at 1-800-334-3414.
The solicitation will be provided in an electronic format, free of charge, to all registered plan holders. The media through which the Government chooses to issue this solicitation will be the Internet only, or CD to pre-qualified offerors. This solicitation will not be issued in paper. No phone or fax request for copy of Request For Proposal will be accepted. Contractors requests for this solicitation will be performed through Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) System.
Project Manager: Alexandra Crawford (410) 962-2830
DTL: Joan Pamperien (410) 962-2616
Contracting P.O.C.: Mary Tully (410) 779-7542
US Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Description from the AskAFIP website. The website can be found by following the “Education” tab on the left-side column at www.askafip.org .
Forensic Bone Histology Course (5197) July 13, 2009 - July 15, 2009 COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Mass fatality incidents such as acts of terrorism and mass transit accidents often leave human remains fragmented and burned, making identification efforts problematic. Fragmentary remains prove difficult to identify as human, not to mention estimating the biological age, sex, ancestry and stature from those fragments. Due to the small size of skeletal fragments, important macroscopic indicators used in establishing a biological profile may be lost.
With advancements in bone microscopy, researchers have developed techniques that mitigate these problematic cases, as well as improve the overall evaluation of human remains when fragmentation is not an issue. Through the analysis of bone microstructure it is possible to differentiate human from non-human bone tissue, estimate age-at-death, and identify potentially individuating characteristics, such as dietary deficiencies and disease processes.
This course addresses the application of bone histology to forensic case work through lecture and hands-on activities utilizing bone slides and microscopes. After attending this course the participant will be familiar with basic microscope instrumentation and bone histomorphology. This knowledge leads to an understanding of how to differentiate human from nonhuman fragments of bone, estimate age-at-death, and evaluate biasing factors of bone microstructure, such as taphonomic effects.
NOTE: Each participant will be given the syllabus on CD. There will be no printed syllabi.
CME CREDITS: 19
- Bone cellular biology
- Basic microscope instrumentation
- Slide preparation techniques
- Bone histomorphology and histomorphometry
- Differentiate human from nonhuman bone
- Estimate age-at-death
- Evaluate taphonomic effects on bone microstructure
Anthropologists, Pathologists, Forensic Scientists and anyone interested in bone mircostructure LOCATION:
The course willl be held at Building 53 (Radiologic Pathology Center), located on Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus, across from the National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM). For directions to the facility, visit the museum's website at http://nmhm.washingtondc.museum/about/directions.html
Crowne Plaza Washington DC/Silver Spring
8777 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Rooms have been reserved at a reduced rate of $149 single/double or the prevailing government per diem until 6 July 2009. Reservations received after this date will be filled on a space available basis. When contracting the hotel to make your reservation to make your reservation, inform them that you are attending the Urological Pathology and Radiology Course.
Complimentary Shuttle is available to and from the campus.
In accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the authors involved in this continuing medical education activity are required to complete Disclosure Declarations. The authors of this course do not have any financial interest, arrangement, or affiliation with organizations that may have a direct or indirect interest in the subject matter of this course. U.S. CITIZENS:
US citizens must provide, PRIOR TO THE COURSE, a clear copy of your birth certificate or the first two pages of your passport. You will be unable to attend the course without this information. You may receive the syllabus and related material, but no refunds. NON-U.S. CITIZENS:
PRIOR TO THE COURSE, non-US citizens must mail or fax a one of the following: (1) a clear copy of the first two pages of your passport with number showing (2) a clear copy of your green card with number showing (3) a copy of your visa and the DS-2019 form Send to: Department of Medical Education, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, 6825 16th St, NW, Washington, DC 20306-6000 Fax: (202) 782-5020. You will be unable to attend the course without this information. You may receive the syllabus and related material, but no refunds. If you are sponsored by an ECFMG organization, please verify your status as current and active by including a letter from the program director with your registration form. If you are affiliated with your country’s government/military, please write to the Office of the Surgeon General, DASG-HCZ-IP, 5109 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia 22041-3258 [FAX: (703) 681-3429] and provide: (1) a copy of the application from the course announcement and (2) a letter from your personnel office certifying full-time employment. All non-US citizens must make checks or international money orders payable to the American Registry of Pathology. All payments must be in US dollars and be accompanied by the course application. Send to the Department of Medical Education at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC 20306-6000.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Henry H. 'Hank' Scofield Navy Oral Pathologist, Professor
-- Matt Schudel
Washington Post (June 6 2009)
After several postings in the Dental Corps, Capt. Scofield received a doctorate in oral pathology from Georgetown University in the late 1950s. He was chairman of the oral pathology department at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology from 1963 to 1966.
Most are familiar with his eyewear, but I am tracking his work integrating medical science (in which he has a Ph.D.) and product design.
Although we might be as likely to see his 1989 titanium wheelchair in a modern art museum than rolling down the sidewalk, I am interested to learn how Kawasaki approaches the subject of personal experience, design and disability. Kawasaki himself uses a wheelchair and has heart trouble.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
Curator and author Jim Edmondson writes in about his book of dissection photographs, noting:
Check out the interview on Dissection, with Ira Flatow of NPR's Science Friday:
The book has been getting amazing press coverage:
And within the last month it soared to #162 on Amazon.com...