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Dr. Donald L. Blanchard is a retired ophthalmologist and a medical historian. He is a member of the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society and has presented papers that include a history of Emily Dickinson’s eye problem. Blanchard is a native of Portland and an alumnus of the OHSU School of Medicine. As of 2016, Dr. Blanchard continued to serve OHSU as a volunteer at the Casey Eye Institute library where he was an honored recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award for his work on the library holdings. He is very passionate about the work of Georg Bartisch and translated Bartisch’s Opthalmodouleia from German into English.
The Donald L. Blanchard papers houses the personal and academic records of Dr. Donald L. Blanchard. This collections, which dates from 1996 to 2017, consists of writings by Donald Blanchard, including his 1996 translation of Georg Bartisch’s text Opthalmodouleia, papers for the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society annual meetings, a certificate given to Blanchard, and an Icelandic spar. Blanchard has done extensive studying and writing about Georg Bartisch, a German physician from around the 1500s, who is thought to be the first to produce a Renaissance manuscript on ophthalmic disorders and eye surgery. In Bartisch’s original book, as well as Blanchard’s English translation, there are wonderful woodcut illustrations of these various eye diseases, surgical tools, and surgical procedures. The Iceland Spar housed in the collection has been used in ophthalmology for glaucoma management and ophthalmoscopy. Overall, this collection contains a lot about ophthalmologic history and is paired with interesting visuals and objects.
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Donald L. Blanchard papers, Collection Number 2015-010, Historical Collections & Archives, Oregon Health & Science University
|1||1||Bartisch materials, articles, and pictures||1999-2005|
|1||2||Cogan Ophthalmic History Society 30th annual meeting papers||2017 March 24-26|
|1||4||Kluwer Academic Papers, Newsletter of Senior Opthamologist articles, Cogan Opthalmic historic society draft, Retinal anatomy presentation||1995-2017|
|Iceland Spar presentation materials||2015|
|Digital archives||Henry Gray’s (Retinal) Anatomy: The First Fifty Years (powerpoint presentation)||2017|
|Digital archives||"The Retina According to Henry Gray" in Scope newsletter||2017|