I first met Dr. Henry Heimlich, or “Hank”, shortly after I arrived at the University of Cincinnati. To my surprise, he had expressed a strong interest in meeting me, so I eagerly invited him to join me for dinner at my home, along with Associate Dean Emeritus Steve Marine, the libraries’ Director of Development Christa Bernardo and our respective spouses. It was then that I learned of his time as a surgeon with the US Naval Group in World War II. Hank had been stationed in China, and his first stop was my hometown of Chongqing.
The following post was written by Winkler Center assistant archivist, Nina Herzog. All images courtesy of the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions
Without a doubt, checking into and staying at hospitals is a lot different today than it was over a half century ago. Computerized check-ins, televisions in rooms and bans on smoking, etc. have all improved the patient experience. The images below were taken from an informational booklet given to patients at the Cincinnati General Hospital (CGH) in 1958.
The instructive pamphlet titled, “Well Here I Am,” provides the incoming patient with information on subjects ranging from check in, dining hours, and visitor information to hospital maps, directions, and much more.
Recently, Smithsonian.com published a brief article on the history of leaded
gas. The article, seen here, http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/leaded-gas-poison-invented-180961368/, is informative though by no means exhaustive. The story begins in 1920, 55 miles up I-75, in Dayton, Ohio, at the General Motors Research Corporation. An engineer there, Thomas Midgely, and his boss, Charles F. Kettering, had developed an anti-engine knock additive called TEL or tetraethyllead.
At the time, “engine knock,” which was due to a malfunction between the fuel, air, and ignition explosion in a car’s cylinder, was at best a mild annoyance causing a light knocking sound and at worst a problem capable of destroying an automobile engine. Midgely’s solution was to add TEL to gasoline which would raise the combustability, or octane, of an engine lessening its chances of malfunctioning.
It worked. Which was all well and good, but TEL contained lead, and as people have known for ages, lead isn’t particularly good for us. In fact it’s rather deadly. The author goes on to discuss the outcry that erupted after several workers died after being exposed to TEL on a regular basis. A federal study was authorized in 1925 and it was decided that the amount of risk associated to every day exposure for most people was minimal and the production of leaded gasoline continued. It was not until the 1970s that growing evidence over leaded gas’s danger became evident. In January, 1996, the U.S. Clean Air act, officially banned the sale of leaded fuel for use in vehicles. Continue reading
UC Libraries will be closed during UC’s Winter Season Days beginning December 23 through January 2. The Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library will reopen with access to individuals with proper UC ID badges December 27-30 from 12-4pm with limited services. All libraries will reopen and return to full service on Tuesday, January 3. A list of hours is available on the Libraries website.
Langsam Library’s 4th floor will also be closed.
The Langsam Library book drop will be available for books and videos only. (Please note – equipment must be returned in person when the library is open again on January 3).
For more on UC’s Winter Season Days, visit uc.edu/winterclosure.
UC Libraries will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 for Thanksgiving, with the exception of the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library, which will be open Friday, November 25 noon – 5:00pm. Regular library hours will resume Saturday, November 26. This closing includes the Langsam Library 4th floor space, which will close Wednesday, November 23 at 6pm and re-open Saturday, November 26 at 10am.
UC Libraries will be closed Friday, November 11 in observance of Veterans’ Day, except for the Health Sciences Library, which will be open 9am to 5pm. Normal hours will resume Saturday, November 12. This closing includes the Langsam Library 4th floor space, which will close Thursday, November 10 at 11pm and re-open Saturday, November 12 at 10am.
Thursday, October 27, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Henry R. Winkler. Winkler served as President of the University of Cincinnati from 1977 to 1984. Among the 29 presidents who have stood at the helm of the University, Winkler remains the only one who also was an alumnus.
He is remembered as a president who “was the epitome of the learned gentleman,” says Kevin Grace, University Archivist at UC’s Archives and Rare Books Library. “He was a very kind man who deeply cared about UC heritage and its academic mission.”
The greatest of Dr. Winkler’s characteristics “was his community involvement,” Grace continued. “He knew that the university needed to be a public servant to the city of Cincinnati and that was the way he conducted his life as well – serving community organizations in the sincere belief that that was the way we bettered ourselves.” Continue reading
Do you want to attend a Halloween event that promises to give you hauntingly horrific, history nightmares…nightmares that include visions of amputee kits, maggot and leach therapies, pharmaceutical potions from the 1800s and much much more?
Then come visit the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions on Monday, October 31, 2016 on the R- Level of the Health Sciences Library from 10am to 2pm. On display will be historic documents, photos and artifacts from a variety of the health professions.
We guarantee you will leave the exhibit appreciating the advances made in modern medical treatments, therapies and technology available today. All are welcome. Come if you dare!!!!!!! Bwwaahhhahhhaaaaaa!!!
The Winkler Center was saddened to hear of the passing recently of Heloisa Sabin. Born, Heloisa Dunshee de Abranches, she married famous medical researcher and developer of the oral polio vaccine, Albert B. Sabin, in 1972.
Before her marriage to Dr. Sabin, she was women’s editor of a family-owned newspaper, Jornal do Brasil, in Rio de Janerio where she worked for 16 years. The Jornal was the largest daily newspaper in Rio at the time. She also studied at Columbia University in New York and held a law degree.
Asked what it was like being the wife of the famous research professor and virologist, “exciting,” she said. “I thought he was fascinating before I met him and I still think he is.” “Life with Dr. Sabin is certainly different from any other kind of life I could lead,” Mrs. Sabin asserted. “We are traveling all the time and I get to meet a lot of people who really enrich my life. Not only do we travel in the United States but we also travel in Europe and other countries where my husband has speaking engagements.” The Sabins not only traveled to numerous locales, but also resided at various times in New York, Washington D.C., Charleston, SC, Switzerland and Israel.
Heloisa became a steward of the Sabin legacy and a tireless activist in later life. Upon Albert Sabin’s death in 1993, she spent a majority of her time speaking out and fundraising to continue her late husband’s work in the study and improvement of immunizations, specifically in regard to Polio. In addition, she became a strong proponent of the use of animals in medical research, as the Polio vaccine her husband developed would not have been so successful had it not been for data gleaned from animal testing. She was a founding member of the Albert Sabin Research Institute, which advocates for global immunization to end all vaccine-preventable diseases.
She visited UC frequently, promoting ways to memorialize her husband’s accomplishments in the place where they occurred. Working with administration of what was then the Cincinnati Medical Heritage Center (now the Winker Center), she saw to it that Albert B. Sabin’s professional and personal papers came here in 1993.
In addition to her meaningful charitable contributions to the University, Mrs. Sabin played a role in the naming of the Children’s Hospital Sabin Center, Albert Sabin Way, and the Hauck Center for the Albert Sabin Archives. She also influenced the development of the Sabin exhibit in the Vontz Center and the Ohio Historical Marker dedicated to Sabin at the Vontz’s entrance.
The Winkler Center will miss Heloisa as will all those whose lives she touched.
If you are interested in researching the Sabin collection at the Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions, please call 513.558.5120 or email email@example.com. To view an online inventory of the Albert B. Sabin Papers please visit Winkler-Albert B. Sabin Papers.
Hembree, Linda. “Life with Noted Researcher Fascinating.” Spartanburg Herald (Spartanburg, SC). Wednesday, 3 December 1975. P. B3.
Marine, Steve. Correspondence with UC Foundation, Donor Files, Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions, University of Cincinnati,