SoutteReview
A newsletter of The Lamar Soutter Library - UMMC - Issue 1
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Photo of Drs. Moore, Lazare, and Wheeler Pictured are (left to right) Drs. Moore, Lazare, and Wheeler, with the Vesalius and Paré volumes.
H. Brownell Wheeler, M.D., Harry M. Haidak Distinguished Professor and the Founding Chair of the Department of Surgery, was honored on November 14 in the Allan S. Goff Learning Center auditorium. Two rare medical books were presented to Dr. Wheeler by Francis D. Moore, M.D., Moseley Professor of Surgery Emeritus at Harvard Medical School and the Surgeon-in-Chief Emeritus at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston. Dr. Moore lauded Dr. Wheeler and his long, distinguished career in surgery, and the work he is now doing in the study and research of end-of-life issues.

After opening remarks by Chancellor Aaron Lazare, comments were made by Drs. William C. Meyers, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery; Lynda Young, President of the Worcester Medical Library and of the Worcester District Medical Society; and Grant V. Rodkey, past President of the Boston Medical Library. Kevin Courtney, Associate Vice Chancellor for Development, spoke on the proposed renovation of The Lamar Soutter Library.

During his presentation of the volumes, Dr. Moore was not hesitant to exhibit their superb workmanship and illustrations. De Fabrica Humanis Corporis (1543), by Andreas Vesalius, is considered the seminal work in medical science. Its woodcuts, crafted by Johan Calcar, represented a breakthrough in anatomical rendering.

Oeuvres, by Ambroise Paré, who is often referred to as the "Father of Surgery," appeared in 1614. A groundbreaking work, this manual of surgery was published in French rather than Latin, broadening its accessibility to the medical world. Some present-day surgical instruments and procedures were actually invented by Paré.

Responding to the presentation, Dr. Wheeler expressed his appreciation to Dr. Moore for the gifts. In an ensuing slide demonstration, Dr. Wheeler compared the Vesalius illustrations to anatomy texts of that era. The other works were primitive in their depiction of human anatomy, whereas the woodcuts in the Vesalius volume reflect a more modern representation.

At the ceremony's conclusion, Dr. Moore invited the audience to examine the textbooks and to ask him questions about them. The participants then attended a reception in the newly refurbished Rare Books Room in The Lamar Soutter Library.

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