Eliza Mahoney

Black History Month: A Medical Perspective 
Online Exhibit

Features notable figures, medical education, medical societies, hospitals, folk medicine, a chronology of achievements, and a selective bibliography.

Pictured: Mary Eliza Mahoney, the first Black professional nurse in the United States (1879)

Eliza Mahoney

Duke Poison Control Center: A Retrospective Exhibit 
Online Exhibit

Conveys the profound impact of the Duke Poison Control Center (1954-1995), which was at the forefront of poison prevention and safety issues.

Pictured: From a 1961 advertisement - Medicines Can be Poison, Keep Out of Sight, Out of Reach. 

Mama Sherpa

Joining a Community of Care: Duke Midwifery Service 
Online Exhibit

Includes five oral history interviews with nurse midwives and other birth workers in Durham.

Pictured: Advertisement for The Mama Sherpas documentary on midwives, Executive produced by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein. 

Medical Center Archives 
Online Exhibits

The Medical Center Archives creates physical and virtual exhibits to highlight their holdings and Duke Medicine’s history.

Pictured: From the Remembering the 65th: Duke's General Hospital Unit Exhibit

st johns wart

Medical Garden 
Online Exhibit

Herbal treatments are a long tradition in medicine for treatment of diseases and conditions. Located on the terrace of the Seeley G. Mudd Bldg, the Garden was created so visitors could explore the common herbs and plants used to treat illnesses over the years.

Pictured: St. John's Wort, a seasonal bloomer in the Garden

grace kirby

Women in Duke Health 
Online Exhibit

Offers a unique historical perspective from women in multiple fields at Duke, many who were pioneers or “firsts” in some way in their disciplines. Highlights reveal their individual stories and the context in which they took place.

Pictured: Dr. Grace Kerby, the first female to become full professor in the Duke Department of Medicine (1963)

stereotactic neurosurgery skull

History of Stereotactic Neurosurgery: Exploration of the Human Brain 
The collection from this exhibit is now in storage with select items on display in the Richmond House Room, Level 1. An inventory of all the artifacts in this collection can be accessed via MEDSpace.

Noted Duke neurosurgeon Dr. Blaine S. Nashold, Jr., who passed away in 2014, established this exhibit in 2004 to preserve the stereotactic instruments that significantly impacted the field of neurosurgery.

Pictured: Rand and Malcolm Radiolucent Surgical Head Holder