|Historic LSUSD Photographs Now Online||
Historic LSUSD Photographs Now Online
Recently, staff members of the LSUHSC-New Orleans Library published an online collection of photographs from the School of Dentistry archives. This collection is part of a statewide website called the Louisiana Digital Library, run by LOUIS: the Louisiana Library Network. LOUIS, a consortium of private and public academic libraries, specialized libraries, and two museums, has its own dedicated staff and is headquartered on the main campus of Louisiana State University.
The Louisiana Digital Library (LDL) is one project to emanate from the LOUIS consortium. The purpose of LDL is to promote digitization of library archives and to make digital material available to the internet-using public. The LDL collection focuses on historical and cultural items related to the state of Louisiana. There is a diverse array of subjects in the collection ranging from newspaper clippings to fine art.
The LSUSD contribution to the LDL is a collection of selected historic photographs. There are photographs of the first dental (class of ‘72) and dental hygiene (class of ‘74) students, the first years of the school in the barracks, the construction of the building, and the administrative council from 1975-2005. There are even photographs of the flood-- of May 1978. The library staff is planning to add more photographs of faculty, students, staff, and events.
To browse the collection, link to it from the LSUSD library home page under Databases. To see the subsets of photographs, click on “Browse items in this Collection.” Click on the image or title to see the individual photographs. To view information about each photograph, choose “page description” from the dropdown box on the left side and then click “go.”
Practice Management Publications donated by the ADA
St. Apollonia, the Patron Saint of Dentistry
Apollonia, who lived in Alexandria under the Roman Empire, preached Christianity throughout her life. During the reign of Emperor Philip, the Roman army attempted to salvage its waning empire through the persecution, torture, and killing of Christians; Apollonia, however, continued in her faith and even visited imprisoned Christians. In 249 A.D. the aged virgin deaconess was captured and brought to court. Persecutors beat and stoned her, smashed and knocked out her teeth, and broke her jaws. They threatened to burn her in a bonfire unless she rejected Christianity. “She was silent for a while, and then, moved by a special inspiration of the Holy Ghost, she leaped into the fire and died in its flames.”1
Overlooked by early Christian scholars, St. Apollonia did not become the subject of adoration until the Middle Ages, when tooth disease reached epidemic status among Western Europeans and few effective remedies existed.2 The numerous paintings and frescoes of St. Apollonia, many of which are located in Medieval churches, usually depict her as a young woman with a halo holding a forceps with a golden tooth. In some paintings she wears a necklace of teeth and usually holds a palm leaf to signify her victory over death.3 The earliest known portrayal of St. Apollonia was a miniature portrait found in a 14th century Dominican breviary.4
February 9 is Saint Apollonia’s Feast Day. Relics of her skeleton, jaws, and teeth are reported to be in the possession of numerous European churches.5 A Roman church erected in her honor no longer stands but the square where it was built continues to be called Piazza Sant’ Apollonia.6 Two dental journals from Sydney, Australia and Malmo, Sweden have carried her name. A third journal, the Apollonian, was published by the Federated Guilds of Saint Apollonia in Boston.
The dental library owns a framed copy of a print of St. Apollonia, donated by Dr. Frank Herbert and will shortly display prints of four St. Apollonia paintings.
2. 2. Smith E. Saint Apollonia: dentistry’s patron saint. Temple Dental Review 1976 Spr;46(2):20-1.
3. 3. Donnelly R. St. Apollonia: the patron saint of dentistry. J Hist Dent 2005 Nov;53(3):97-100.
4. 4. Peyraud P. St. Apollonia: dentistry’s spiritual benefactress. CAL 1975 Feb; 38(3):5-9.
5. 5. Cohen RA, Down K. St. Apollonia in Britain. Br Dent J 1989; 166:181-2.
6. 6. Dental Health Foundation (Ireland). Saint Apollonia-Feast Day 9th February. c. 2009. http://www.dentalhealth.ie/apollonia. Accessed 2009 Jan 26.