Charles S. Bryan History of Medicine Room

School of Medicine Library, University of South Carolina


About Charles S. Bryan

Charles S. Bryan is Heyward Gibbes Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, he attended Harvard College and received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After postgraduate training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dr. Bryan returned to Columbia in 1974 to enter private practice in internal medicine and infectious diseases. In 1977, he became a charter faculty member at the USC School of Medicine, where he has served as Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases (1977-1993), Chair of the Department of Medicine (1992-2000), and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities (2000 to the present).
Dr. Bryan's contributions to the medical literature have been mainly in the areas of infectious diseases and medical history. His publications include more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, more than 250 editorials, and six books. The latter include Osler: Inspirations from a Great Physician (Oxford University Press, 1997) and Infectious Diseases in Primary Care (W. B. Saunders Company, 2002). He has served as editor of The Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association since 1977, and as a reviewer for numerous medical journals. He has served for many years as hospital epidemiologist at several hospitals in the Columbia area. He was a principal founder of the Midlands Care Consortium for the care of patients with HIV/AIDS in central South Carolina.

Dr. Bryan is a Master of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, a fellow the Infectious Diseases Society of America, a co-founder and past president of the South Carolina Infectious Diseases Society, and a past president of the Columbia Medical Society and of the Waring Library Society. He is a member of numerous medical organizations including the American Clinical and Climatological Association. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases. Since 1999 he has served as secretary-treasurer of the American Osler Society.

Dr. Bryan is a recipient of the William Osler Medal from the American Association of the History of Medicine, the Theodore E. Woodward Award from the American Clinical and Climatological Association, and the Laureate Award of the South Carolina Chapter of the American College of Physicians, and the President's Award of the South Carolina Medical Association. He has been the recipient of numerous named lectureships at various institutions. The Charles S. Bryan Dinner has been created as an annual event at the Association of Professors of Medicine in recognition of Dr. Bryan's contributions to that organization. The Charles S. Bryan Scholar Award was created in the Department of Medicine, University of South Carolina School of Medicine to recognize each year an outstanding internal medicine resident.

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The Endowment

On January 15, 2003, the University of South Carolina School of Medicine officially dedicated the Charles S. Bryan History of Medicine Room named in honor of Charles S. Bryan, M.D., Heyward Gibbes Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Associate Dean and Director of the University of South Carolina-Palmetto Health Alliance Center for Medical Humanities. With the approval of the University of South Carolina, Dean Larry R. Faulkner, M.D., directed Dr. Bryan's generous gift to establishing the USC School of Medicine Library Endowment.

The endowment provides support for the preservation of the rare book collection housed in the Charles S. Bryan History of Medicine Room. As it grows, the endowment will also fund the acquisition of additional historical works, the purchase of books for the general circulating collection, and other specialized areas of the USC School of Medicine Library.

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Gifts to the Endowment

Gifts to the library endowment will increase the principal and generate additional funds to serve the library annually and in perpetuity. By adding your gift you will join Dr. Bryan in providing progressively valuable health-related information to South Carolinians dedicated to quality education, research, and clinical care, thus fulfilling the mission of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

As a teacher, scholar, medical historian, author and compassionate and skilled physician, Dr. Bryan combines all aspects of his professional life with grace. A most gracious way of acknowledging all that he continues to give to his profession and community is through a gift that builds upon its own generosity.

All contributions are welcome and will be acknowledged to Dr. Bryan and the donor through School and University publications. Donors of $500 or more will be named to the USC School of Medicine Library Circle of Friends and their names will be placed on a plaque adjacent to the History of Medicine Room.

For further information on gifts to the endowment, please contact Ms. Ruth Riley, Director of Library Services, at (803) 216-3220.

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Overview of the History of Medicine Collection

The School of Medicine Library's collection of rare medical books consists of approximately 525 volumes. Included are texts dealing with many aspects of medicine and medical history. Broad subject categories include anatomy, physiology, public health, the practice of medicine, human bodily systems (respiratory, digestive, cardiovascular, etc.), medical specialties (gynecology, surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, geriatrics), and history of medicine. Each volume has a pre-1900 copyright date, with many dating from the middle of the 19th century. These books have been generously donated to the library over the years by the families of physicians who practiced medicine or resided in the state of South Carolina.

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Works of Note

(per assessment done by Mr. Ron Bridwell, May 2002)

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The Portrait Artist

The portrait of Dr. Bryan was completed in 2002 by Tarleton Blackwell, a nationally-known artist from Manning, South Carolina, and is based on a photograph taken on May 11, 1994, in the study of Sir William Osler (1849-1919) at 13 Norham Gardens, Oxford. Above Osler's mantelpiece are reproductions of portraits of three of the giants of British medicine: Thomas Linacre, William Harvey, and the "English Hippocrates" Thomas Syndenham (shown here).

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The Furniture

The furniture, including the book cabinets, the table, the chairs, and the side table, were designed and constructed by M. Craig & Company. For further information about the company, go to http://rosemarie-inc.com/navigate.html.

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Photo Gallery

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Donating Rare Books

What kinds of books does the library want for its rare books collection housed in the Charles S. Bryan History of Medicine Room?

The library is interested in books of historical importance that are in moderate to good condition. The scope of the collection emphasizes medicine but also includes the allied sciences. Local medicine is a special interest as is the medicine of South Carolina and the southeast Atlantic region. Emphasis is on works in the English language; however, works in other languages are considered on a case-by-case basis.

How "old" does a book need to be for inclusion in this collection?

There is no specific cut-off copyright date. Generally, books copyrighted before 1900 are good candidates; however, this varies with the particular subject.

What other materials, besides books, does the library want for its Charles S. Bryan History of Medicine Room?

The library will consider adding manuscripts, instruments, illustrations, realia, and ephemera (related to medicine and the allied sciences) to the collection on a case-by-case basis.

How do I donate books to the rare books collection?

Before donating your materials, please contact Lisa McCartha ( lisa.mccartha@uscmed.sc.edu  ) at 803- 216-3208 or Christine Whitaker ( Christine.Whitaker@uscmed.sc.edu ) at 803- 216-3201.

Donors will be provided with a Gift Acknowledgement form at the point when gifts are brought to the library. This form, which includes contact information of the donor and a brief description of the materials donated, serves as a record for tax purposes.

Upon receipt of the gift(s), it should be understood that the School of Medicine Library becomes the owner of the material and, as such, reserves the right to determine its retention, location, cataloging treatment, and other considerations related to its use, maintenance, or removal.

How can I tell the value of my donation?

The library is prohibited by law from appraising donations or assigning monetary value to gifts. If you wish to determine a value for tax purposes, you should retain an independent appraiser to evaluate your collection before donating it to the library. You may be able to determine the value of particular items using one of these Internet sites for rare and used books:

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Use of Rare Books Policy

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LINKS

Historical Collections at Other Medical Libraries

Other History of Medicine Resources

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