"History of Medicine in Pictures" Prints, 1957-1964

Laupus Library Manuscript Collection, LL 02.66

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: "History of Medicine in Pictures" Prints
    Creator: Parke, Davis & Company.
    Thom, Robert A.
    Repository: Laupus Library History Collections
    Language: English
    Abstract: Complete 45 print series of “A History of Medicine in Pictures” produced by Parke, Davis & Company.
    Extent: 1.25 Cubic feet,
  • Description
     

    Complete 45 print series of “A History of Medicine in Pictures” produced by Parke, Davis & Company. The series depicts the development of medicine beginning in ancient Egypt. Other prints depict Hippocrates, Vesalius, Lind, Jenner, and Pasteur. The prints were meant to be framed, and included a description of each that could be attached to the backs of the framed prints.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    “A History of Medicine in Pictures” was the second series produced by Parke, Davis & Company. The first series, “Great Moments in Pharmacy,” is a 40 oil painting series thought of by George A. Bender, a pharmacist, during the Great Depression. He was inspired by a series of illustrations depicting episodes in the history of surgery sponsored by Davis & Geck, and then another series of prints, “Search and Research,” sponsored by Abbott Laboratories. Bender approached Abbott Laboratories about doing a similar series for pharmacy, but was turned down. Close to ten years later, in 1947, Bender joined Parke-Davis as editor of “Modern Pharmacy.” In 1949, he wrote and submitted a seven-page proposal to Parke-Davis executives, providing estimated costs for 27 paintings and identified the advantages that such a project would provide to the sponsoring firm. His proposal was approved.

    Robert A. Thom was selected as the artist for the series and began working on the 40 most important events in pharmacy’s history. All 40 paintings in the pharmacy series were exhibited together for the first time at the 1956 American Pharmaceutical Association Annual Meeting in Detroit.

    In 1953, Parke-Davis Vice President Carl Johnson suggested that a similar series should be developed for the history of medicine. Four years later, “A History of Medicine in Pictures” began publication in the January 1957 issue of the Parke-Davis journal “Therapeutic Notes.” New prints were released each year until 1964. After 1961, doctors received sets of six prints with illustrated instructions on how to frame and hang them for the best effect. The 45 painting series highlights major developments and the general evolution of medicine beginning in ancient Egypt.

    Both series, “Great Moments in Pharmacy” and “A History of Medicine in Pictures,” were published in book form in 1966 by Northwood Institute Press.

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    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    "History of Medicine in Pictures" Prints (LL 02.66), The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA

    Processing Information

    Processed by Ashley Williams, 2016

Container List

Suśruta, Surgeon of Old India, 1957
Temples and Cult of Asclepius, 1957
Trephining in Anceint Peru, 1957
Primitive Medicine, 1957
Code of Hammurabi, 1957
Medicine in Ancient Egypt, 1957
Hippocrates: Medicine Becomes a Science, 1958
Galen, Influence for Forty-five Generations, 1958
Rhazes and Arabic Medicine, 1958
Medieval Hospitals, 1958
Paracelsus - Stormy Petrel of Medicine, 1958
Vesalius and the Anatomy of Man, 1958
Ambroise Pare: Surgery Acquires Stature, 1959
Harvey and the Circulation of the Blood, 1959
Leeuwenhoek and the "Little Animals", 1959
Sydenham: Proponent of Clinical Medicine, 1959
James Lind: Conqueror of Scurvy, 1959
Lavoisier - Oxygen, Combustion, and Respiration, 1960
Morgagni and Pathologic Anatomy, 1960
John Hunter: Found of Scientific Surgery, 1960
Benjamin Rush: Physician, Pedant, and Patriot, 1960
Pinel Unchains the Insane, 1960
Jenner: Smallpox is Stemmed, 1960
Laennec and the Stethoscope, 1960
Conquerors of Pain, 1961
Semmelweis: Defender of Motherhood, 1961
Founding of the American Medical Association, 1961
Rudolf Virchow and Cellular Pathology, 1961
Helmholtz: Physicist-Physician, 1961
J. Marion Sims: Gynecologic Surgeon, 1961
Claude Bernard: Explorer of Physiologic Frontiers, 1962
Pasteur: The Chemist Who Transformed Medicine, 1962
Lister Introduces Antisepsis, 1962
Charcot: Master of Neurology, 1962
The Hopkins: A Revolution in Medical Education, 1962
Röntgen: Invisible Rays that Save Lives, 1962
The Conquest of Yellow Fever, 1963
Walter B. Cannon: Physiologic Investigator, 1963
Ehrlich: Chemotherapy is Launched, 1963
Ramòn y Cajal: Charting the Nervous System, 1963
Harvey Cushing and Neurosurgery, 1964
Joseph Goldberger: Dietary Deficiency and Disease, 1964
Banting, Best, and Diabetes, 1964
The Era of Antibiotics, 1964
Medicine Today and Tomorrow, 1964

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Container List

Suśruta, Surgeon of Old India, 1957
Temples and Cult of Asclepius, 1957
Trephining in Anceint Peru, 1957
Primitive Medicine, 1957
Code of Hammurabi, 1957
Medicine in Ancient Egypt, 1957
Hippocrates: Medicine Becomes a Science, 1958
Galen, Influence for Forty-five Generations, 1958
Rhazes and Arabic Medicine, 1958
Medieval Hospitals, 1958
Paracelsus - Stormy Petrel of Medicine, 1958
Vesalius and the Anatomy of Man, 1958
Ambroise Pare: Surgery Acquires Stature, 1959
Harvey and the Circulation of the Blood, 1959
Leeuwenhoek and the "Little Animals", 1959
Sydenham: Proponent of Clinical Medicine, 1959
James Lind: Conqueror of Scurvy, 1959
Lavoisier - Oxygen, Combustion, and Respiration, 1960
Morgagni and Pathologic Anatomy, 1960
John Hunter: Found of Scientific Surgery, 1960
Benjamin Rush: Physician, Pedant, and Patriot, 1960
Pinel Unchains the Insane, 1960
Jenner: Smallpox is Stemmed, 1960
Laennec and the Stethoscope, 1960
Conquerors of Pain, 1961
Semmelweis: Defender of Motherhood, 1961
Founding of the American Medical Association, 1961
Rudolf Virchow and Cellular Pathology, 1961
Helmholtz: Physicist-Physician, 1961
J. Marion Sims: Gynecologic Surgeon, 1961
Claude Bernard: Explorer of Physiologic Frontiers, 1962
Pasteur: The Chemist Who Transformed Medicine, 1962
Lister Introduces Antisepsis, 1962
Charcot: Master of Neurology, 1962
The Hopkins: A Revolution in Medical Education, 1962
Röntgen: Invisible Rays that Save Lives, 1962
The Conquest of Yellow Fever, 1963
Walter B. Cannon: Physiologic Investigator, 1963
Ehrlich: Chemotherapy is Launched, 1963
Ramòn y Cajal: Charting the Nervous System, 1963
Harvey Cushing and Neurosurgery, 1964
Joseph Goldberger: Dietary Deficiency and Disease, 1964
Banting, Best, and Diabetes, 1964
The Era of Antibiotics, 1964
Medicine Today and Tomorrow, 1964


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