OHSU artifacts featured in new Oregon Historical Society exhibit on the Portland Clinic

Black and white image: Laurence Selling stands at left in a black suit, talking to two tall white male medical students in short MD student white coats.

A new exhibit celebrating one piece of Pacific Northwest health sciences history is now on view in downtown Portland: The Portland Clinic: A Century of Delivering Health Care to the Community opened on Friday, April 23, 2021 and is on view at the Oregon Historical Society through October 10, 2021. The exhibit, presented by the Portland Clinic, celebrates the first century (1921-2021) of Oregon’s oldest, private multi-specialty medical group in practice.

The exhibit includes several original medical artifacts and reproduced historical images from our collections. If you visit our friends at the Oregon Historical Society between now and October, see if you can spot the following artifacts on loan from OHSU:

  • Electrocardiograph, circa 1933, to represent Dr. Noble Wiley Jones, who brought the first EKG to Portland in the 1920s
  • Abdominal retractor, circa 1920, to represent Dr. Thomas Joyce’s thyroid surgeries
  • 2 percussion hammers, undated, owned by Dr. Laurence Selling

Consider it an OHSU historical artifact scavenger hunt!

Featured image: Dr. Laurence Selling speaks with two medical students, OHSU Digital Collections. Featured in The Portland Clinic: A Century of Delivery Health Care to the Community. 

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