Updates from East Carolina University’s Laupus Health Sciences Library

Contributed by Marlena Barber

The Laupus Library History Collections in Greenville, North Carolina offers books, artifacts and archival collections relevant to the history and practice of health care, primarily in eastern North Carolina.

Please take a look at the new website for the library’s History Collections. It includes a blog that features news and updates from the department entitled Curative Corpus.

New object accessions at the library:

  • Microscope, adding machine, and typewriter donated by Richard F. Murphy from his son Richard J. Murphy. The items were used by Richard F. Murphy's father Franklin B. Murphy. He was a country doctor in Philippi, WV and practiced from roughly 1936-1974.

New and upcoming exhibits by the library:

  • “The Spanish Influenza Is Here”: Memories of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic in Eastern North Carolina explores the lethal influenza virus strain and its rampage through the eastern counties of North Carolina in the fall of 1918.  Newspaper articles, personal correspondence, heath department postings, and artifacts from The Country Doctor Museum bring to light the fear North Carolina citizens felt during this dark period in history.  The exhibit also examines the health care crisis during the epidemic and the steps taken to improve public health in North Carolina in the years that followed. The exhibit was up at Laupus Library in the fall of 2018 and will be on display at East Carolina University’s Joyner Library January 28-May 1, 2019. A Story Map of the exhibit has been created and can be viewed here.
  • Plague of Piracy—cast replicas of artifacts from Queen Anne’s Revenge and artifacts from The Country Doctor Museum. Opened November 2018.
  • Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War.   NLM Traveling Exhibit accompanied by CDM and Laupus Library materials. The panels from NLM with be on display January 14 – February 23, 2019; complementary materials from Laupus Library and Country Doctor Museum collections will be on display through April 2019.


Chris Grimes, a local Civil War medicine reenactor, will visit Laupus Library on February 11, 2019.  From 1-3:30pm, he will offer informal demonstrations of various Civil War era medical instruments, and, at 4:30pm, he will present a talk entitled Jonathan Letterman:  Father of Triage.  This event will complement the Life and Limb traveling exhibit.

Nazi Medicine event poster

The image above is of Auschwitz concentration camp, "Rail lines leading to the Death Gate." Source: Wikimedia Commons Date: September 26 2006 Author: Bookofblue Permission: This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

The Medical History Interest Group invites you to attend A Dark Chapter in Military Medicine: Nazi Physicians and Holocaust Medicine presented by Sheena M. Eagan, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies.  The lecture will be on Monday, January 28, 2019, and begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery, fourth floor Laupus Library at East Carolina University.

This presentation will explore how medical practitioners, medical ideology, and medical language were used throughout the Holocaust of WWII.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. The lecture will also feature a pop-up display. For directions and parking information, visit:  https://hsl.ecu.edu/about/directions/ Lectures may be video recorded. For the presentation schedule and an archive of our previous recordings, visit:  https://hsl.ecu.edu/events/mhig-lectures/

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