Photo Exhibit Captures Glimpse of Nursing’s Past

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An exhibit of work by photographer and author Archie Lieberman (1926-2008) and photographer and businessman Mickey Pallas (1916-1997) is now on display at Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital through June.

The photos capture nursing care at the University of Chicago Medicine in 1957. The images were taken at adult clinics and Bobs Roberts Memorial Hospital, a pediatric clinic at 920 East 59th Street, which treated patients until the Wyler Children’s Hospital opened in 1967.

Lieberman was an internationally known photojournalist, author, scholar and teacher. He was an award-winning photographer for Life, Look, Time, and Collier’s magazines, who also fulfilled assignments for the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Medicine in the 1950s and the 1960s. Pallas was the founder and owner of Gamma Photo Lab Inc. in Chicago, and a preeminent photographer of the city’s people and its events during the 1940s and 1950s.

The photos had been in storage since the original display was taken down, but were uncovered recently by nurse Mary Ann Francisco, APN, MSN, GCNS-BC, CCRN, during preparations for this month’s National Nurses Week. A message had been stamped on the back of each black and white print: “Please return to the Office of Public Relations.” After 57 years, we’re happy they finally were.

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