Health Sciences Library, WVU Libraries
One of Allan Jones' photographs in the exhibit at Health Sciences.
Exhibit dedicated to The History of Medicine Book Collection, currently located on level one of the library stacks.
Pieces from the Life: Magnified Exhibit
The Health Sciences Library supports a variety of health programs at WVU along with staff and researchers at WVU Hospitals. Photo courtesy of WVU.
Backstory and Context
The Health Sciences Library contains The History of Medicine Book Collection, currently located on level one of the library stacks. The collection contains histories of health sciences disciplines, diseases and treatments, biographies of medical pioneers, as well as early textbooks and research publications. The Health Sciences Library also subscribes to the history of medicine journals and databases to supplement the book collection. A window showcasing the collection is currently on display in the library.
The Health Sciences Library currently features an exhibit by Allan Jones Photography. It features microscopic medical photographs taken by Allan Jones using an Olympus polarizing microscope at 10X objective. Jones worked at the WVU Eye Center after graduating from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and following a biomedical photography internship at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami. He also worked at the King Khaled Eye Hospital and King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Saudi Arabia before returning to WVU in 2004. He retired from the institute in 2008.
The Life: Magnified collection is also on exhibit in the library. Thirteen images from the National Institute of Health feature images magnified about 50,000 times and illuminated by light boxes. The bold colored images include cells, bacteria, viruses and other microscopic organisms who have been tinted with dyes or enhanced with graphic design programs to allow scientists to study structures within the images. Prior to coming to WVU, the Life: Magnified collection was on display in the Washington Dulles International Airport's Gateway Gallery.
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"History of Medicine at the WVU Health Sciences Library." WVU Libraries. February 28, 2018. Accessed July 19, 2018. http://libguides.wvu.edu/historyofmedicine.
Life: Magnified. Art in the Libraries. Accessed July 19, 2018. https://exhibits.lib.wvu.edu/gallery_nih.
Moyers, Mildred. The Brief History of the WVU Libraries from 1931. June 09, 1999. Accessed July 19, 2018. https://lib.wvu.edu/about/history/briefhistory.pdf.