Catalog Contributors: Barbara Floyd, Joanna Russ (ProMedica), Holly Uppal (Mercy College), Sheryl Stevens, Tamara Jones, Jolene Miller, Arjun Sabharwal, and Kimberly Brownlee. Edited by Barbara Floyd


Virtual exhibit: Arjun Sabharwal (design & photography); assisted by Patrick Cook (photography & slide show), Tamara Jones (editing & descriptions) Gerald Natal (design feedback), and Christine Rigda (design feedback).


Video Production: David Conn (research and editing), Patrick Cook (production), and Tamara Jones (narration)


Exhibit Contributions


          My thanks to all of those organizations and individuals who have contributed to making this exhibit possible.  In particular, I would like to thank personnel from the archives and libraries of the Mercy Hospitals, Mercy College, and ProMedica who have not only lent us materials, but some also have served as co-authors of this catalog.  At Mercy College, I would especially like to thank Holly Uppal, curator of collections, and Deborah Johnson, library manager.  At Mercy, I would like to thank Pam Bayer, manager of Mercy Regional Library Services.  At ProMedica, I would like to thank especially archivist Joanna Russ, and library staff members Becki Daniels and Erin Jones.  From my own institution, I would like to thank Sheryl Stevens and Jolene Miller, who knew much about the history of the former Medical University of Ohio; and to Sue Carter, who helped me to understand how HIV/AIDS affected Toledo.  And from the Canaday Center, I would like to thank Tamara Jones, Arjun Sabharwal, and Kimberly Brownlee.  In particular, I would like to thank Arjun, who not only contributed to the research on this catalog, but who is developing a virtual version of the exhibit which will be available at the close of the actual exhibit.  This will allow us to continue to educate and enlighten long after the actual exhibit ends.

            Other colleagues at area institutions have also generously loaned us materials for this exhibit, including the Center for Archival Collections at Bowling Green State University (Stephen Charter and Marilyn Levinson), the Hayes Presidential Library in Fremont (Nan Card and Tom Culbertson), the Harris-Elmore Public Library (Jennifer Fording), the Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County (Lee Wealton), the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department (Barbara Gunning, Kevin Halligan, and Mary Frank), the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (Irene Martin), and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Maumee.  Also, thanks to Rick Finch at Fort Meigs for his help in researching medicine during the War of 1812.  We are grateful to all of these people and organizations for entrusting us with some of their most precious items which have made this exhibit really special.
            This exhibit developed through a conversation I had last year with Dr. James Ravin.  Dr. Ravin, whose own research and scholarship have focused on the humanistic side of the medical profession, suggested some names of individuals who might be interested in guiding the development of such an exhibit.  From those names came a steering committee, whose members know more collectively about the history of medicine in northwest Ohio than this exhibit can ever hope to convey.  My sincere thanks to them for taking time from their busy lives to help with this project:  Dr. George Baibak, Dr. James Hennessy, Dr. S. Amjad Hussain, Dr. John Newton, Dr. Paul Rega, Dr. Michael Stark, Mr. Lee Wealton, Dr. Peter White, and Dr. Donna Woodson.  And thanks of course to Dr. Ravin, who read an early draft of the catalog and provided some important suggestions.
            “Medicine on the Maumee:  A History of Health Care in Northwest Ohio” is accompanied by an artistic exhibition that displays the beauty of the human anatomy through actual anatomical specimens, and by illustrations of the same.  My thanks to Dr. Carlos Baptista for displaying his art of plastinated specimens, and to Roy Schneider for displaying his art of medical illustrations.
            While all of these people have contributed to this exhibit, I save my greatest thanks for the men and women who work long hours every day to save lives, provide comfort, and advance medicine in our community.  While people still die tragically and lives are still cut short just as they were in the 1860s, most of us can expect to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives than our forbearers.  This exhibit is dedicated to all who make this possible through their labors.

Barbara Floyd
Director, Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections
The University of Toledo

March 2012