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The History and Heritage e-bulletin

Expand your historical horizons with this entertaining and informative read.

The Royal College makes topics in historical medicine fun, accessible and easy to understand in our monthly History and Heritage e-bulletin.

The publication brings to life the proud history of specialty medicine, both at home and abroad. For example, learn about pandemics that rocked the ancient world and follow up with recommend reads from our own collection on plagues in the Roddick Room. You can also discover very interesting connections between moments in time, such as the link between the Royal College Coat of Arms and Henry VIII.

The e-bulletin supplements content with links to exhibits, YouTube videos and biographies for the intrepid reader who is interested in further exploration.

 

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History and Heritage e-bulletin: January 2016


Some key dates in January!


We’re celebrating 15 years of our Maintenance of Certification Program for specialists, launched way back in 2001!

January 22nd 1992 – Fellow Roberta Bondar prepares for her space mission aboard Discovery.

January 26th 1891 – Birthday of Past President Sir Wilder Graves Penfield – Pioneering neurosurgeon and once dubbed “the greatest living Canadian”

January 29th 1990 – Honorary Fellow, Ray Hnatyshyn, sworn in as Governor General


Upcoming Exhibits

We are currently working on another collaborative exhibit, in conjunction with the Museum of Health Care at Kingston, which will focus on cardiology.


Peter Warren Travelling Scholarship

The Peter Warren Travelling Scholarship has been awarded to Dr. Sarah Levitt. Dr. Levitt will be undertaking a research project related to the history of psychiatry. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Levitt to the College for her research.


Royal College Insignia

Since its launch 50 years ago, the Royal College insignia collection has been worn by Fellows across Canada and abroad. The collection has expanded to include everything from ties to scarves and more.

The online store offers a wide variety of merchandise. Encourage your Fellows to visit our store to purchase and view the Royal College Insignia Collection.


Royal College Tours!

Do you have a Royal College guest interested in taking a tour? Are you curious about the history of the organization and Royal College building? Then look no further! Our Heritage and Special Collections Administrator offers historical tours of the building. Contact Jenn Nelson at jnelson@royalcollege.ca to book your tour today! We kindly ask that you book your tour a minimum of one week in advance, if possible.

 

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History and Heritage e-bulletin: October 2015

October 8, 1958: First pacemaker implanted in a human

On October 8, 1958, the first pacemaker was implanted in a human being by Swedish physician, Ake Senning. The first man to invent the technology to make it possible was Dr. John A. Hopps, a Canadian electrical engineer. Hopps began work with Royal College Fellows Dr. W.G. Bigelow and Dr. J.C. Callaghan in 1949 and in 1950, the first pacemaker was developed at the National Research Council.

For more on this story, follow this link.

Upcoming Exhibits

We are currently working on a collaborative exhibit, in conjunction with the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canada Science and Technology museum, which will focus on the development of the field of Emergency Medicine.

Royal College Insignia

Since its launch 50 years ago, the Royal College insignia collection has been worn by Fellows across Canada and abroad. The collection has expanded to include everything from ties to scarves and more.

The online store offers a wide variety of merchandise. Encourage your Fellows to visit our store to purchase and view the Royal College Insignia Collection.

More New titles have been added to the Roddick Room!

Over the past few months, we have added several new items to the Royal College History of Medicine Collection, with more interesting titles on the way. A section of the Roddick Room has been designated to showcase these new accessions. We encourage you, if you haven’t already done so, to take a look and let us know what you think.

Royal College Tours!

Do you have a Royal College guest interested in taking a tour? Are you curious about the history of the organization and Royal College building? Then look no further! Our Heritage and Special Collections Administrator offers historical tours of the building. Contact Jenn Nelson at jnelson@royalcollege.ca to book your tour today! We kindly ask that you book your tour a minimum of one week in advance, if possible.

 

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History and Heritage e-bulletin: September 2015

Royal College Tours!

Royal College Tours!

Do you have a Royal College guest interested in taking a tour? Are you curious about the history of the organization and Royal College building? Then look no further! Our Heritage and Special Collections Administrator offers historical tours of the building. Contact Jenn Nelson at jnelson@royalcollege.ca to book your tour today! We kindly ask that you book your tour a minimum of one week in advance, if possible.

New titles have been added to the Roddick Room!

Over the past few months, we have added several new items to the Royal College History of Medicine Collection, with more interesting titles on the way. A section of the Roddick Room has been designated to showcase these new accessions.

We encourage you, if you haven’t already done so, to take a look and let us know what you think.

Preserving our Rare Books

Preserving our Rare Books

Robert A. L. Macbeth, FRCSC, founder of the R.A. Macbeth Library and Archives Fund, passed away in June 2014. At the family’s request, the Royal College has received numerous donations to the Fund in his memory. Dr. Macbeth was a generous, talented doctor, whose career benefitted many patients and colleagues. We had the privilege of experiencing his professionalism and kindness first hand, as he was a respected volunteer on the Archives and Library Committee (1986-94), a member of Council (1972-76), and the recipient of our prestigious James H. Graham Award in 1999.

The Royal College has received over $4000 in donations to the Robert A. Macbeth Library and Archives Fund, following Dr. Macbeth’s death in 2014. It is the intention of the Royal College, with the assistance of a conservation company, to carry out a special book conservation project which will utilize these donations. We will be posting pictures and videos of the process over the coming months.

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Inductees

The names of the 2015 Fellow-laureates have been added to our Canadian Medical Hall of Fame plaque. The plaque is located on the first floor of the Royal College building, by the main elevator.

Interested in finding out more about Inductees who are also Royal College Fellows? Click here and stay tuned as we will be highlighting some of them in the coming months.

 

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History and Heritage e-bulletin: January 2015

Dr. Donald Henry Cowan, FRCPC

We are saddened to announce that Dr. Donald Cowan, past Chair of the History and Heritage Advisory Committee (HHAC) has died. Dr. Cowan was a member of the HHAC since its inception in 2008 and was an avid supporter of the promotion of the History of Medicine in Canada. He was very passionate about the preservation of the Royal College’s history and artifact collection. He died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on December 22.

Time capsule found at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

A time capsule, containing material from 1909, has been found buried in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The College believes it was placed there by construction workers in 1908, without the knowledge of College staff. This time capsule is one of two; the other was buried in the grounds in 1830.

To read more about this fascinating story and to see what was in the time capsule, click here.

Did you know?

Two time capsules containing medical artifacts and historical memorabilia have been placed inside the interior walls of the front entrance of the College. The original time capsule was created in 1959 and sealed in the previous Royal College HQ. When the organization moved, a second time capsule was created. Both time capsules were sealed inside the current building in 1993 and will be opened on the Royal College’s 200th anniversary in 2129.

Are you into historical dramas?

Award winning and Golden Globe nominee Clive Owen stars in the hit drama The Knick. The show takes a look at the lives of the staff at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital in the early twentieth century.

Other Memorable Moments in January

January 8, 1998: Ice storm hits Canada
January 12, 1945: Japan bombs Saskatchewan
January 30, 1991: Hudson’s Bay Company ends its fur trade after more than 320 years


From Our Collection

We have a new addition to the collection titled Evolution of Thoracic Surgery in Canada by Jean Deslauriers, Bill Nelems and F. Griffith Pearson.

 

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