On Display: Prominent Nurses, Recognizing Drowning, and Medallic History of Medicine

June 6, 2014 - Three diverse displays are currently attracting attention at the Todd Wehr Library. Take some time to stop by and check them out before they're gone!

Books featured in the display cases are available to check out. Please contact MCW Libraries at (414) 955-8302 or asklib@mcw.edu if you have any questions.

South Display Case:South Display Case - Prominent Nurses

Prominent Nurses Throughout History

Throughout history, nurses have been on the front lines of military conflicts, and have provided their caring expertise in hospitals and clinics around the world. Public perception of the profession was negative early on. That changed, however, during the 19th century, as many of these nurses aided the sick and wounded and built the foundation for modern nursing. These nurses served in wars, broke down racial barriers, campaigned for women’s rights, and advocated for change as they worked to define and improve the role of nursing to what it is today.

North Display Case: Recognizing DrowningNorth Display Case:

Be Prepared this Summer: Recognize The Signs Of Drowning

This display highlights the characteristics of the Instinctive Drowning Response, which is a s a set of behaviors automatically undertaken by a person who either is, or is very close to, drowning. Aquatic distress – waving arms, shouting for help, splashing – is what people usually think of when they think of drowning. However, when people experience the Instinctive Drowning Response, they are not in control of their body and are unable to help themselves. Signs include upright position, inability to talk, and the head low in the water.  More information is available from the US Coast Guard.

In a drowning situation, seconds count, and knowing CPR can make all the difference. CPR performed by bystanders has been shown to save lives and improve outcomes in drowning victims. The more quickly CPR is started, the better the chance of improved outcome. MCW Public Safety offers monthly training in CPR and First Aid and many local organizations in Milwaukee offer regular training opportunities as well.

Inside Display Case:

Medallic History of Medicine

The Medallic History of Medicine Collection by the Franklin Mint commemorates the most significant accomplishments of famous men and women of science throughout the history of medicine. The Medical Heritage Society created a limited-edition series of sixty fine art medals, issued in 1969-1972. The series combined such heirloom characteristics as rarity, historical significance, fine art and precious metal. The collection was presented to the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2002 by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Pittelkow. Dr. Pittelkow graduated from the Marquette University School of Medicine in 1952.