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University of California, San Francisco Library, Archives & Special Collections

Archives and Special Collections at the UCSF Library preserves and maintains rare and unique materials to support research and teaching in the history of the health sciences.

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Archives and Special Collections, UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management
530 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 9414
(415) 476-8112 Phone
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This Archives Talks is coupled with an  exhibit which commemorates the centennial anniversary of US involvement in World War I and recognizes the service of UCSF doctors, nurses and dentists at Base Hospital No. 30 in Royat, France. It also highlights the war-related research and care provided by UCSF scientists, clinicians, and healthcare workers in San Francisco and abroad. Dr. Wen T. Shen speaks on the biography of Dr. Howard C. Naffziger. Lieutenant Colonel Howard C. Naffziger, a prominent...
Topics: World War I, WWI, History of Dentistry, Dr. Howard C. Naffziger, US Army Medical Corps, Base...
Join the UCSF Department of Neurosurgery at the Library for a panel discussion and book launch for the department's new publication - A History of Neurological Surgery at UCSF 1912 - 2015. Panelists: Dr. Mitchel S. Berger, Dr. Brian Dolan, Dr. Lawrence Pitts, Dr. Grant Gauger, and Dr. Art Lyons A History of Neurological Surgery at UCSF: 1912-2015, captures the evolution of neurosurgery at UCSF from its beginnings under the renowned surgeon Howard Naffziger MD to the present day. As the program...
Topics: neurosurgery, Department of Neurological Surgery, UCSF Archives & Special Collections, Dr....
University of California, San Francisco Library, Archives & Special Collections
by Univeristy of California, San Francisco
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Medical historian and author Paul Blanc MD, MSPH discusses the toxic legacy of viscose rayon portrayed in his new book, Fake Silk . Dr. Blanc poses a basic question: When a new technology makes people ill, how high does the body count have to be before protective steps are taken? His work tells a dark story of hazardous manufacturing, poisonous materials, environmental abuses, political machinations, and economics trumping safety concerns. It explores the century-long history of “fake...
Topics: viscose rayon, poisonous materials, cellulose viscose, carbon disulfide, toxic, viscose,...
Jeffrey S. Reznick, PhD, chief of the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library, located on the Bethesda, Maryland, campus of the National Institutes of Health gave a talk as part of the series organized by the UCSF Archives and Special Collections at the University of California, San Francisco Library on October 21st, 2016 In this talk, Reznick offers an overview of the division, its current partnerships and programs, and...
Topics: National Library of Medicine, NLM, History of Medicine Division, Jeffrey S. Reznick, history of...
In this talk at the UCSF Archives & Special Collections, Zach Bleemer discusses how he has used data science – thousands of computer-processed versions of annual registers, directories, and catalogs –  to reconstruct a near-complete database of all students, faculty, and courses at four-year universities in California in the first half of the 20th century, including UC San Francisco (which taught both undergraduates and graduate students at the time). Visualizations of this database...
Topics: Big Data, Higher Education, California, STEM majors, gender in Higher Education, natural language...
In this talk, part of the UCSF Archives & Special Collections lecture series, Aimee Medeiros discusses her book Heightened Expectations: The Rise of the Human Growth Hormone Industry in America . Heightened Expectations  is a groundbreaking history that illuminates the foundations of the multibillion-dollar human growth hormone (HGH) industry. Drawing on medical and public health histories as well as on photography, film, music, prose, and other examples from popular culture, Medeiros...
Topics: UCSF, UCSF Library, UCSF Archives & Special Collections lectures, Aimee Medeiros, human growth...
University of California, San Francisco Library, Archives & Special Collections
by UCSF, Dr. David E. Smith
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Born in the Summer of Love, the Haight Ashbury Free Clinic, founded by UCSF alumni David E. Smith, MD, and staffed by volunteer medical providers from UCSF, celebrated its 50th anniversary on June 7, 2017. Join Dr. Smith as he tells the story of the clinic’s founding and the 1960’s Haight-Ashbury luminaries who kept the clinic alive in its early days. He will discuss the clinic’s role in the birth of addiction medicine as a...
Topics: UCSF, Archives Lectures, Dr. David E. Smith, Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Summer of Love, Addiction...