We are pleased to announce this week that the Wilder Penfield Digital Collection is now available to access online! The new website includes Wilder Graves Penfield (1891-1976) biographical information, as well as meters and meters worth of digitized archival images, letters, and other materials from the Osler Library’s extensive Penfield fonds.
Students and researchers are encouraged to explore this website for information ranging from Penfield’s childhood, education and medical training, to his widely influential research. As founder and head of the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) from 1933-1960, Penfield was Canada’s foremost neurosurgeon at the time and his career continues to influence generations of neurologists around the world.
The digitization of this collection was made possible thanks to a generous grant from the R. Howard Webster Foundation, obtained by the late Dr. William Feindel (1918-2014).
The library has finished processing the papers of Dr. Joseph Stratford. Dr. Stratford was born in Brantford, Ontario, in September of 1923. He began his studies in science at McGill University in 1943 and was the President of the McGill Osler Society and graduated from medical school in 1947. After training in England at the National Hospital in Queen Square, he completed his residency at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) under Dr. William Cone. In the 1960s, Stratford joined the Montreal General Hospital as Director of the Division of Neurosurgery at the behest of Dr. Rocke Robertson. There, Stratford participated in the development of a neurological intensive care ward, the McGill-MGH Pain Centre, and the Palliative Care Task Force.
This fonds consists of medical agendas and professional correspondence between Stratford and colleagues from the Montreal General Hospital, Montreal Neurological Institute, and elsewhere. It also includes personal research materials on the causes and treatments of pain, publications and drafts of publications, and daily appointment books.
For more information, please feel free to contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out about other McGill physicians through our archival database.
Missed our guide to using the archives at the Osler Library? Have a look here.
Osler specimen 23. Acute infectious endocarditis. Maude Abbott Medical Museum.
The latest issue of the Osler Libary Newsletter can now be found in electronic form on our website. Articles from no. 118 include a look at the Iconographique photographique de la Salpetrière, an examination of Vesalius’ legacy and Osler’s medical humanism, a list of Canadians who graduated with an MD from the University of Edinburgh in the first half of the 19th century, a discussion of the early years of the Montreal Neurological Institute and its connection to the Neurological Institute in Breslau, a glimpse of McGill’s Maude Abbott Medical Museum, and more.