April, 2011

  1. Medicine’s Past In Oregon Comes Alive On the Video Screen

    April 29, 2011 by admin

    Post by Matt Simek, Producer, History of Medicine Project, Oregon Medical Education Foundation

    I remember being shocked when I finished my residency and returned to Ontario, how primitive the operating room was. There was no air conditioning … there was a nun who circulated, swatting flies while we operated, because the flies would get in through the open windows.  Gus Tanaka, MD

    For more than a decade, the Oregon Medical Education Foundation (OMEF) and the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) have been collecting a fascinating array of in-depth interviews from practitioners of the healing arts.  Now numbering nearly 70 oral histories of allopathic physicians, osteopathic physicians, traditional healers, and others, the OMEF/OHSU goal is a multi-part documentary film on the history of medicine in Oregon, from Native Americans to the present day.

    My … oldest brother, Eldy, examined me to make sure that I wasn’t hurt, … And he said, “Well, I’m going to be a doctor.” And he looked at my next brother, Kenny, and he said, “You’re going to be a dentist.” He looked at my sister. “You’re going to be a nurse.” And he said to me, “You’re going to be an undertaker.”  I said, “I am not! I’m going to be a doctor!”  I was five years old. I never changed my mind.  Harold Osterud, MD

    The project’s Steering Committee, chaired by dedicated historians including Dr. Harold Osterud and Dr. Roy Payne, has guided the project’s vision through a broad spectrum of topics and personalities.   Project participants have included NOHA members Sara Piasecki (formerly OHSU), Maija Anderson (Head, OHSU Historical Collections and Archives), Teresa Bergen (transcriptions) and Matt Simek (producer).  Oral history recordings have been taken all across the state and have ranged from 30 minutes to nearly four hours.  As project funding grows, producers expect to complete its first broadcast program in two years.

    The first ASD that we did was using a well technique, in which a rubber dam is attached to the right atrium and the clamp is removed from the atrium and blood comes into the dam, and then you could put your finger in and feel the atrial septal defect and then, by feel, suture a patch in the defect.  Albert Starr, MD

    In the near future, as the Oregon Medical Association revises its website, streaming video clips from these oral history interviews will be posted at www.theoma.org … click on the History of Medicine In Oregon project on the Home Page to see new clips as they are periodically added.

    When I arrived in Oregon … psychiatry had just become familiar with a new drug, Thorazine, which had not existed until about 1954. … South Hospital had been designed in 1950, ’51, before this drug had been discovered.  At that time, they used the hot tubs, they used ice cold packs to wrap patients in.…  They used electric shock with great frequency….  The treatment had changed entirely by the time the hospital was opened.  George Saslow, PhD, MD

  2. Soccer Exhibition at Oregon Historical Society

    April 18, 2011 by admin

    Timbers fever has been sweeping Portland lately. Now fans can see an oral history-based exhibit on Portland’s soccer history at the Oregon Historical Society. The exhibit opened April 15 and will run through September 4, 2011. Click here for more information about the OHS and details about this exhibition.

    The exhibit curators, Morgen Young and Michael Orr, have collected uniforms, photographs, and other memorabilia from players and fans.

    Young was kind enough to write the following article for the NOHA newsletter:

    Soccer History: Chronicling the Portland Timbers

    I am the historian for FC Media, a Portland based company created to document and preserve soccer club history. Our initial focus is the Portland Timbers and I am overseeing a large oral history project relating to the history of the team. We have interviewed eighteen people for the project so far, with more interviews scheduled. We have interviewed former players, staff, management, players’ families, media personalities and fans. There is a lack of scholarship on the history of the Timbers, so as a company we chose to first emphasize the early roots of the team. The Timbers were formed in 1975, as the twentieth team of the North American Soccer League. Many players stayed in Portland following their respective tenures with the club and went on to shape the soccer culture in the city, through youth academies, collegiate programs and professional iterations of the Timbers. We hope to make the transcripts of our oral histories, as well as audio files of the interviews themselves, available to the public in the future through either a Timbers-specific archive or donation to an existing repository. These oral histories formed the foundation of our research for an upcoming exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society, “Soccer City USA: The Portland Timbers and the NASL Years, 1975-1982,” opening April 15th and running through the end of the summer.

    For more information about Morgen’s work, click here.