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William H. Havener, MD

William H. Havener, MD (1923-1991) was the first full-time ophthalmologist at The Ohio State University College of Medicine (1959-1961) and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology. After being appointed chairman in 1959 at age 35, Dr. Havener established an innovative teaching program for residents. Dr. Havener became interested in repairing retinal detachments, and developed a technique using a donor fascia lata for scleral buckling. He was dedicated to residents and student teaching and set up a number of formal instruction programs for both the medical school and residency. Dr. Havener was a distinguished teacher and internationally known author.

The Medical Heritage Center has an archival collection about Dr. Havener and the finding aid for it can be viewed at

Positive Exposure Lecture

Today, October 21, 2013, at noon in room 550, 376 West 10th Ave, Rick Guidotti, photographer and director of Positive Exposure, will be given a lecture about the exhibit.

The exhibit will be hanging on the 5th floor through November 27. For more information, visit

The MHC is on Twitter!

The Medical Heritage Center is now on Twitter! Follow us (@osumhc) for all the latest news and interesting historical facts. For the remainder of 2013, one tweet a week will be posted. In 2014 in support of the four health sciences colleges celebrating centennials, a daily Monday-Friday tweet will feature Medicine (origins trace back to 1834, but started under the umbrella of The Ohio State University in 1914) on Mondays, Nursing on Tuesdays, Dentistry (origins trace back to 1890, but like medicine started in 1914 under the umbrella of OSU) on Wednesdays, Optometry on Thursdays, and the MHC on Fridays.

11th Annual John C. Burnham Lecture in the History of Medicine

11th Annual John C. Burnham Lecture in the History of Medicine
Virginia Berridge
Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London

History and Horizon Scanning: What Does the Future Hold for Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco?

There has been much discussion in the UK recently about a more ‘rational’ attitude to alcohol, illicit drugs and tobacco. It has been argued that the substances should be classified and regulated on the basis of their actual harms.

This lecture will subject those arguments to historical scrutiny. It will outline a process whereby the substances moved from cultural acceptability in the nineteenth century to different positions on the spectrum of regulation. This parting of ways was driven by forces external to the harms of the substances themselves and reached its peak during and just after World War One.

The lecture will then examine a different process since World War Two, one which has gathered pace in the last two decades. The substances seem in some respects to be moving closer together again. Tobacco smokers are ‘addicts’ while drug addicts are categorised as ‘users’. Neuroscience provides a common scientific model across the substances. Medicines become drugs and drugs, medicines. The implications of these developments are complex. What the future holds could be greater hedonism in society or, by contrast, more stringent controls.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Reception at 4:00 pm; Lecture at 4:30 pm
OSU Health Sciences Library Medical Heritage Center (5th Floor)
Prior Hall, 376 West 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH
The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University
FREE and open to the public

Parking: We suggest parking in the SAFEAUTO Hospitals Garage. Please visit for maps and parking information.

2013 Annual James V. Warren Memorial Lecture

2013 Annual James V. Warren Memorial Lecture


Jeffery P. Baker, MD, PhD
Professor or Pediatrics and Director of the History of Medicine Program

Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine
Duke University and School of Medicine

“The Perfect Storm: The Roots of the Vaccine-Autism Controversy”

How did vaccines and autism become linked in the public’s mind? In this lecture, Dr. Baker will examine how this belief originated in the autism community’s response to the rising prevalence of the disorder in the late 1990s. The result was not one, but two vaccine/autism controversies. One in Britain centered upon the MMR vaccine, the other in the United States focused on mercury and preservatives. These histories will be discussed and reflections provided on the relevance of historical analysis to vaccine policy. This event is co-sponsored by Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Reception at 4:00 pm; Lecture at 4:30 pm

OSU Health Sciences Library Medical Heritage Center
Prior Hall, Room 550
376 W. 10th Ave., Columbus, OH

FREE and open to the public.

Parking: We suggest parking in the SAFEAUTO Hospitals Garage. Click here for maps and parking information.

MHC Open House May 1

Part of the Commencement Week Things You Never Got to See Tour

Medical Heritage Center Open House

May 1, 2013

Prior Health Sciences Library (376 West 10th Ave) room 580, 1-4pm
Students will see treasures from the collections of the Medical Heritage Center including our oldest book De humani corporis fabrica libri septem (On the fabric of the human body in seven books) written by Andreas Vesalius in 1555, trephining kit, bleeding bowl and scarificator, and a 1907 scrapbook from Ohio Medical University.

Alpha Kappa Kappa Pi Chapter

AKK on Parade, c. 1906

AKK on Parade, c. 1906

Alpha Kappa Kappa Pi Chapter at the Ohio Medical University was chartered by the National Medical Fraternity on October 2, 1902.

In 1906 Phi Sigma Psi, a local fraternity at Starling Medical College (1848-1907), petitioned for a charter and was approved. Before the charter was granted, the AKK Council was advised that Starling Medical College and Ohio Medical University (1892-1907) were merging to form Starling-Ohio Medical College (1907-1914) which meant that the men of Phi Sigma Psi could join forces with AKK without the necessity of issuing a new charter. They had 113 members.

The first Chapter house was at 688 North High Street which housed 12 men for the year. After this, they lived at various addresses: 68 Buttles Avenue, 797 Dennison Avenue, and 216 Marshall Avenue. In 1923, the Pi Chapter Company was formed to purchase a house at 199 W. Tenth Avenue. This was later enlarged by purchasing the house to the west and joining them together with an addition. The final Chapter house was erected at 466 King Avenue in 1966. The AKK Pi Chapter ceased operations in 1974.

Columbus Medical College Class of 1877

Columbus Medical College graduates, class of 1877

Columbus Medical College graduates, class of 1877

Columbus Medical College, 1876-1892

In 1875 a sharp dispute arose about making Dr. James Fairchild Baldwin professor of physiology in the Starling Medical College. Dr. Baldwin seemed to some of the faculty well-suited for the job, but Dr. Starling Loving and the administration thought otherwise. Dr. Howard Jones of Circleville was chosen. As a result of this defeat, Drs. John W. Hamilton, D. N. Kinsman, H. C. Pearce and Davis Halderman resigned and organized the Columbus Medical College. During the first seven years the college was conducted in the Sessions Block of High Street. In 1882 Dr. W. B. Hawkes gave four lots on Columbus’ west side and $10,000 toward a hospital to serve the Columbus Medical College. In 1886 the Hawkes Hospital of Mt. Carmel was erected.

About 500 students graduated from this college. In 1892, carrying with it its hospital facilities, Columbus Medical College was merged into Starling Medical College, but some of the faculty could not go along with the merger and joined Dr. J. F. Baldwin and others in the organization of the Ohio Medical University.

Second Blessing Digital Exhibit

The Second Blessing: Columbus Medicine and Health The Early Years is a book written by former Medical Heritage Center scholars Charles F. Wooley and Barbara A. Van Brimmer. Copies of the book are available for purchase by contacting the MHC.

The digital exhibit of the book showcases each chapter and can be viewed by visiting our website:

Nelson Donnellan Medical License

Nelson Donnellan photograph 1828

Nelson Donnellan medical license certificate 1828 (click to link to the PDF)

Nelson Donnellan’s medical license granted by the State of Ohio on April 10, 1828 is the oldest in our collection.


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