Finding Aid for the Collection of Materials on Operating Room Technique for Nurses Biomed.1021

Finding aid prepared by Shira Peltzman, 2020.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Online finding aid last updated 2020 November 13.
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
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Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Title: Collection of materials on operating room technique for nurses
Source: Eclectibles
Identifier/Call Number: Biomed.1021
Physical Description: .4 Linear Feet (1 box)
Date (inclusive): 1934-1942
Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Unprocessed collection. Material is unavailable for access. Please contact Special Collections reference ( for more information.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Collection of Materials on Operating Room Technique for Nurses (Collection 1021). Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Eclectibles from Walter Jarvis Barlow History of Medicine Collection Fund, 2019.

Processing Information

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UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 9037283 

Scope and Contents

"Operating Room Technique for Nurses" is an unpublished manuscript by Louis H. Nason, M.D., who was a Harvard professor and surgeon at Beth Israel Hospital where he was also in charge of teaching nurses. Totaling a 145 typescript pages with nine chapters: 'The Operating Suite', 'Sterilization', 'The Sterile Scrub Nurse', 'The Circulating Nurse', 'The Care of the Patient in the Operating Room', 'Anesthesia', 'Operative Procedures, Instruments, Suture Materials and Supplies', and 'The Operating Suite Work Room.' Accompanying the manuscript are original technical surgical drawings and photographs. Presumably for use in the book. There are nineteen (19) original technical surgical drawings by M. Codding. The artist most likely is Mildred Codding (1902-1991), a medical artist living in Boston, who is perhaps most well known for being Dr. Harvey Cushing's (a neurosurgeon and first person to describe Cushing's disease) medical illustrator. She also provided medical illustrations for several medical textbooks, such as 'Atlas of Surgical Operations' and 'Atlas of Pelvic Operations.' The illustrations are line drawings done in black ink done on board. Pencil can be seen under the ink in places, most of the drawings are signed. Measures 13" x 8-1/4" (largest), 8" x 4-3/4" (smallest). There are seventeen (17) photographs depicting a nurse prepping a surgical room. Seven (7) of the photographs also have their corresponding film negatives. As Codding also performed operative photography, it is possible she also took these photographs. -- Antiquarian bookseller's description, 2019.

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