Find out what’s happening at the Dittrick! These Newsletters are published every Spring and Autumn by the Cleveland Medical Library Association. They are available online in portable document format (pdf) for ease of viewing online or printing.
The Association Européenne des Musées d’Histoire des Sciences Médicales / European Association of Museums of the History of Medical Sciences was established in France in 1984 to facilitate communication within the community of medical museums throughout Europe. Principal objectives of the Association include development of exhibitions about the history of medical sciences and establishment of scientific criteria for collecting and presentation of artifacts.
For over two decades, thanks to the energy and dedication of M. Donald Blaufox, M.D., Ph.D., collectors of medical antiques had a forum for the exchange of ideas and information. When not collecting medical antiques, Don chairs the Department of Nuclear Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, New York City. He has also been chair of the Museum Artifacts Committee of the New York Academy of Medicine and in that capacity donated countless hours to the organization and cataloging of the museum collection. Don started the Association in 1984 and within a year had over seventy five subscribers to the Newsletter. That number doubled in the ensuing decade, and this growth encouraged more columns and features, as well as periodic meetings, held in various cities, where members gave papers, visited museums of medical interest, and sought out antique shops. In recent years attendance at such meetings waned, membership in the Association declined, and Don finally concluded that the end was in sight. The whole collecting field has been materially transformed by the web, email, and eBay, he reasoned, and so the Newsletter concluded with its final issue in 2002.