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Tuesday, October 22- Annual Dinner of the Society for the History of Medicine and the Health Professions

The lobby of the United States Public Health Service Venereal Disease Clinic, Hot Springs Arkansas: Registration of patients.

The lobby of the United States Public Health Service Venereal Disease Clinic, Hot Springs Arkansas: Registration of patients.

Elliott G. Bowen, the speaker at the Thirty Second Annual Dinner of the Society for the History of Medicine and the Health Professions, has spent time during the last two summers working with the resources of the UAMS Library’s Historical Research Center for his doctoral dissertation at Binghamton University. It is tentatively entitled Mecca of the American Syphilitic: Doctors, Patients, and Disease Identity in Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1890-1940.

Mr.  Bowen was the Society’s Research Award Winner for 2011-2012 with the topic: “How Intimately Connected Are the Medical and Social Aspects: Oliver C. Wenger, the United States Public Health Service, and the Evolution of Venereal Disease Control Strategies, 1920-1936.”

His primary focus has been the group of documents and photographs contained in the O.C. Wenger papers housed in the HRC Archives.  These records date from 1919-1958 and include the records associated with the organization and direction of the venereal disease clinic at Hot Springs, Arkansas.  Other items record the establishment of a transient center in Hot Springs (Camp Garraday), his consultation on the WPA play “Spirochete” and the design of the reflexometer.  Photographs are included, as well as biographical information.  These papers were the gift of Dr. Wenger’s daughter, Audrey Wenger McCully in 1983.

The annual dinner is on Tuesday, October 22. There will be a business meeting at 6pm and the dinner will begin at 6:30. 

For more information, contact Amanda Saar at SaarAmandaE@uams.edu or 501-686-6733.