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Aug. 10, 2005 | A new permanent display at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) brings the institution’s history to life for its staff, patients and visitors.

Located on the first floor of the UAMS Medical Center outside the College of Medicine offices, The History of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Display Center was dedicated in a ceremony Aug. 3. The 200-square-foot center will feature artifacts, medical instruments and photographs collected by the university’s History of Medicine Associates, a support group for the UAMS Library’s Historical Research Center. Displays will be rotated on a regular basis.

“It is unusual for a medical school to have this much history preserved in one place,” E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., dean of the College of Medicine, said to the group gathered to watch the center’s dedication. “We at UAMS are fortunate to have people dedicated to safekeeping the institution’s heritage, both now and for years to come.”

Among the items on display are a turn-of-the-20th-century microscope, a 1925 pocket insulin case and a case of standard equipment for midwives used in the 1940s and 1950s. Portraits of former College of Medicine deans will be displayed on a rotating basis, beginning with Dean Morgan Smith who served at the college from 1912-1923 and again from 1924-1927. A section of the center also will highlight current campus activities.

“The center was conceived as a place to reflect on the past achievements of this great institution and the medical advancements that have been made possible here,” said Jonathan Wolfe, Ph.D., associate dean for development and professional affairs in the College of Pharmacy and center curator.  Wolfe also noted the contributions and support of UAMS Chancellor I. Dodd Wilson, M.D., and John Shock, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and executive vice chancellor for clinical affairs in the College of Medicine, in making the center a reality.

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