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Canaday Center schedules speakers’ series on medical history

In conjunction with its current exhibition, “Medicine on the Maumee: A History of Health Care in Northwest Ohio,” the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections at The University of Toledo has scheduled a series of talks for fall semester on aspects of local medical history.

All talks will take place on Wednesdays and be held in the Canaday Center, located on the fifth floor of Carlson Library.

Listed by date, speakers and topics are:

• Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. — Joanna Russ, archivist for ProMedica, will speak on the history of hospital-based nurse education in Toledo in the 20th century. The talk will explain how nurses were trained in these schools, which were in existence at most area hospitals until the 1960s, when nursing education moved to universities.

• Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. — Dr. Joan Duggan, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and director of the Ryan White HIV Center, will lead a panel discussion on the history of HIV in northwest Ohio, with a focus on the early days of the epidemic from 1981 to 1995. The panel will include five participants representing the spectrum of persons infected — and affected — by HIV in our community during this time period.

• Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. — Dr. Anthony Comerota, director of the Jobst Vascular Institute at ProMedica Toledo Hospital, will present a talk titled “A Man, His Work and His Legacy — Conrad Jobst.” Comerota will discuss Jobst’s contributions to the medical field and his impact on the generations who followed. He invented the Jobst elastic stockings in 1950 while living in Toledo. The stockings were a major medical advance in improving circulation in limbs, and his estate endowed the Jobst Vascular Institute.

• Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. — Dr. Carlos Baptista, associate professor of neuroscience in the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences, will discuss the process he uses to preserve medical specimens through plastination. He will explain how the process, developed by Dr. Gunther van Hagens, replaces water and fat tissue in specimens with polymers. Baptista is president of the International Society for Plastination, and several of his preserved specimens are on display as part of the exhibition, “Anatomical Art: The Internal Beauty of the Human Body,” which can be viewed in the art gallery outside the Canaday Center.

• Oct. 24 at 3:30 p.m. — Dr. S. Amjad Hussain, UT professor emeritus of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery and op-ed columnist for The Blade, will give a talk, “From M*A*S*H to the Great Black Swamp: The Life and Works of John Howard M.D., an American Original.” Howard served on the faculty of the former Medical College of Ohio until 1993, and died in 2011. Hussain will discuss Howard’s accomplishments as a surgeon, researcher, teacher and writer.

• Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. — Dr. James Ravin, Toledo ophthalmologist and medical historian, will present a talk titled “The Magician With a Meningioma.” It will focus on the life of Cleveland magician Karl Germain and an operation performed on him in 1916 by noted 20th century neurosurgeon Dr. Harvey Cushing to remove a brain tumor.

A reception will follow each free, public talk.

The exhibit, “Medicine on the Maumee: A History of Health Care in Northwest Ohio,” will be on display in the Canaday Center through Friday, Dec. 28. The free, public exhibit is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment.

For more information, contact Barbara Floyd, director of the Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, at 419.530.2170.