Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Med School Murals
These terrazzo wall murals are located near the entrance to the Florida State University College of Medicine. They were created by artist and designer Steven Weitzman. The artist spent a year crafting the panels out of colored concrete in a patented process in which he mixes cement and mineral pigments to create dramatic effects. Please click on the picture to get a better view of these beautiful murals.
The first mural features Hippocrates, born in 460 BC and known as the father of clinical medicine. The Oath of Medical Ethics, attributed to his writings, is taken by physicians to the present day. Hippocrates died in 377 B.C.
The second mural features Elizabeth Blackwell, originally from England, who in 1849 became the first woman to graduate from medical school in the United States. She opened The New York Infirmary for Women & Children in 1857 and helped create the infirmary's Medical College for Women, which operated from 1868 to 1899. She went on to become a prolific writer and eventually returned to England, where she held the Chair of Gynecology at the London School of Medicine for Women from 1875 until she retired in 1907 at the age of 86.
The third mural features Florida physician Dr. John Gorrie, who contributed innovations in medical care and public health through his study of tropical diseases. During an 1833 outbreak of yellow fever in Apalachicola, he used resourceful methods to prevent its spread and his concern for patients led him to invent the precursor to the modern air conditioner. At first he suspended ice from the ceiling, but soon developed a compressor to cool water. He was granted a patent from the Smithsonian Institution, where his original model is displayed today.