Category Archives: Medicine

UMB and MLB: Our four baseball stars

In celebration of the Oriole’s 2021 opening day, let’s take a look back at some of UMB’s major leaguers: John Francis Hayden, Robert Baker Lawson, Archibald Wright Graham, and John Frederick Anderson.  From 1901 to 1918, four UMB graduates appeared in major league baseball games, including the World Series!  The players graduated from the Schools of Dentistry and Medicine with the Classes of 1902, 1905, and 1909.   Continue reading

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First Women of the University of Maryland, Baltimore

In March 2020, before UMB entered into mandatory telework due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the HSHSL installed an exhibit called First Women of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. As the title suggests, the exhibit highlighted the first women—first graduates, deans, etc.—of UMB. Unfortunately, the exhibit was installed a mere two weeks before the library shut down and was taken down before the library reopened in the fall; therefore, few people had the opportunity to view the exhibit. This blog post recreates the exhibit’s literature and photographs. Continue reading

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A Brief History of UMB African American Student Organizations

As Black History Month 2021 draws to a close, the Historical Collections in the HSHSL could not let the month past without looking back on UMB’s African American history. The following highlights a few of the many student organizations throughout UMB’s history in an attempt to acknowledge the work of many to make our campus more inclusive and diverse. Continue reading

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UMB and the United States Presidency: Faculty and Alumni Ties to the Country’s Highest Office

In celebration of President’s Day, Historical Collections at the HSHSL is looking back on University of Maryland, Baltimore’s connections to the United States Presidency.  With a founding date of 1807, UMB is just thirty-one years shy of sharing a birthyear with the United States and with a home in Baltimore a mere thirty-eight miles from Washington, D.C. it is not surprising to find ties to the U.S. Presidency.  The following outlines three UMB faculty and alumni and their ties to the highest U.S. Office.  Continue reading

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Common Holiday Spices, Flavors, and Nuts and their Traditional Medicinal Qualities

The holiday and winter seasons have common ingredients, usually with bold, warming flavors.  The holiday bread, cookie, and cake recipes call for spices and flavorings like nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, and clove or nuts like walnuts and almonds.  Historically however, these ingredients were prescribed for a variety of ailments in botanicals and herbals. Continue reading

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A Look at Winter Fruits and their Medicinal Qualities from Select Historical Botanicals

Lemons, oranges, pomegranates, these are all fruits associated with winter and the holiday season.  Today we eat them as desserts or in desserts or in cocktails.  These fruits bring a sense of freshness to the winter months. While today these fruits are important for a balanced and flavorful diet; in the 17th through the early 19th centuries, these fruits were often prescribed in botanicals for a variety of medicinal purposes.  Botanicals are a form of book published to illustrate plant species and their medicinal value. The HSHSL’s Historical Collections Department is home to a large collection of Botanicals as part of our historic Pharmacy Collection. These volumes were used by the early UMB schools to teach pharmacists and doctors the value of plants for medicinal purposes. Continue reading

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Remembering Dr. Burt Jacob Asper, School of Medicine Class of 1911 on Veteran’s Day

This Veteran’s Day the HS/HSL highlights the life of Dr. Burt Jacob Asper, School of Medicine Class of 1911. Dr. Asper served in the Navy on the USS Cyclops during World War I. He was the doctor on the ship when it disappeared in March 1918. To this day the Cyclops wreckage has not been found and it is unclear how the ship was lost. Continue reading

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1920: A look back at the School of Medicine 100 Years Ago

In 1920 the School of Medicine (SOM) was beginning its 113th academic year.  The 1920-21 academic year marked the first as a public institution following its merger with the Maryland State College of Agriculture (College Park).  This merger prompted the Faculty of Physic, as the SOM faculty was known, to tender their resignation as sign of acceptance of the new University charter.  Continue reading

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Play Ball! The University of Maryland Nine vs. the Orioles, April 13, 1898

The Historical Collectiond department of the HS/HSL is throwing it back to 1898 when the University of Maryland, Baltimore baseball team took on the professional Orioles team. Continue reading

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Health: A Poem by the Physician Poet Edward Baynard

Celebrate National Poetry Month with a selection from Historical Collections. In Health, A Poem, Dr. Edward Baynard, a seventeenth century poet and physician, uses poetry to teach. He explains in an understandable—at least to someone in the seventeenth century—tone the manner in which to live a long, prosperous life. Continue reading

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