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May 14, 2013

WVSOM slated to display Henkel Physician exhibit

LEWISBURG —  A family of Shenandoah Valley physicians and their written exchanges about the practice of medicine and tending to community members will be featured in an upcoming National Library of Medicine exhibit at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM).

“The Henkel Physicians: A Family’s Life in Letters” will provide insight into the lives of a family of physicians who lived and worked in Virginia during the 19th century. The exhibit letters document the daily life of a rural medical practice through several generations, revealing its challenges and rewards through changing times.

Mary Essig, WVSOM library director, said the exhibit focuses on letters between 1786 and 1907 which detail the personal lives of the physicians and their extended families. The letters cover events like the Civil War, a murder trial and smallpox outbreaks.

This is WVSOM’s fourth National Library of Medicine exhibit, which will be on display May 20-June 29 at the library on the WVSOM campus.

WVSOM hosts the traveling exhibits to educate community members on historical medical experiences. These exhibits promote an understanding of the history of medicine and an awareness of how it relates to both patient and physician in the present day, according to Essig.

Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Friday; 12 to 6 p.m., Saturday; and closed Sunday.

For more information about the exhibit, contact the library at 304-647-6261. Information can also be found online at http://www.

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