Exhibits in the Library
These 14 prints represent a small sample of the Great Moments in Medicine and Great Moments in Pharmacy series that was produced by the Parke-Davis pharmaceutical company. The entire series consists of 85 paintings done by Robert Thom, who has been described as the ‘Norman Rockwell’ of medicine. Thom began work on the paintings in 1948, with the collaboration of Parke-Davis pharmacist George Bender. The paintings were meant to highlight the outstanding people and moments in medicine and pharmacy and to explain ‘what advances in medicine, throughout the centuries, meant to the better health and welfare of our modern civilization.’ (George Bender, 1951)
The prints were delivered to doctors, pharmacists and pharmacies beginning in 1951. Parke-Davis also released them as magazine advertisements, brochures, and as facsimiles that could be removed from magazines for framing.
The paintings and prints were produced to fit into the Parke-Davis corporate identity and to be used as advertising. They were meant to connect moments of medical and pharmaceutical innovation with the Parke-Davis name. Because of this motivation, Thom and Bender have been criticized for focusing only on single ‘great men’ while ignoring the complexity of medical innovation.
Jonathan M. Metzel, MD PhD and Joel D Howell, MD, PhD, “Making History: Lessons from the Great Moments Series of Pharmaceutical Advertisements,” Academic Medicine 79 (2004): 1027
On exhibit: April to June 2015
Location: Third Floor Landing by the elevators
The Health Sciences Library is hosting an exhibit that features a runway dress that was created based on research being done at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. Descience Runway 2014 was an event organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in September 2014. The event paired science researchers and fashion designers to collaborate and create garments based on the researchers area of study.
Georgia Charkoftaki, PhD is a researcher at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She and pharmacy faculty member Melanie Joy, PhD were paired with designer Lilian Kong.
Dr. Charkoftaki’s research area is treatments for lupus nephritis, a disease of the kidneys. Ms. Kong learned about the work that Drs. Charkoftaki and Joy were performing and then she created a dress inspired by their research. The dress, named NanoNephron, represents the kidneys, aspects of lupus nephritis and the new treatment that Dr. Charkoftaki is investigating.
The NanoNephron dress and matching jewelry will be on display on the 3rd floor of the library through June 2015. There is also a poster describing the research and aspects of the dress in more detail.
Sixty-one teams participated in the runway fashion show. Even though NanoNephron did not win, Drs. Charkoftaki and Joy enjoyed the experience. Stop by the library to check out the dress and the process to create it! Library blog post