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Medical Education on Film

A guide to the educational and archival films (1928-1963) of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Beulah Cushman, MD, 1890-1964

Beulah Cushman, MD, was an ophthalmologist who taught in the Department of Ophthalmology at Northwestern University Medical School as an associate professor from 1939 to 1956. She was also on staff at Passavant and Swedish Covenant Hospitals. In 1937, Cushman became one of the first six women elected to the American Ophthalmological Society.

Cushman's film in the collection is: Abnormalities of the Ocular Muscles with Indications for Surgery

James Lebensohn, MD, PhD, 1893-1979

James E. Lebensohn, MD, was an associate professor of ophthalmology at Northwestern University Medical School from 1939 to 1962. He also served as an attending ophthalmologist at Cook County Hospital for many years. Beyond teaching, Lebensohn designed a near vision eye test chart in the 1930s and edited a collection of historical writings on ophthalmology, The Anthology of Ophthalmic Classics, published in 1969. 

Lebensohn's film in the collection is: Some Varieties of Ocular Nystagmus

William A. Mann, Jr., MD, 1898-1971

William A. Mann, Jr., MD, taught in the Department of Ophthalmology at Northwestern University Medical School from 1927, when he started as a clinical assistant, until his retirement as a professor in 1966. He established the ophthalmology residency programs at Wesley Memorial Hospital, where he was chair of the department of ophthalmology from 1940-66, and at Hines Veterans Administration Hospital, where he created a facility to train blinded soldiers.

Mann's film in the collection is: Errors of Refraction

Derrick Vail, Jr., MD, 1898-1973

Derrick Vail, Jr., MD, was a professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Northwestern University Medical School from 1945 to 1966. He was also editor in chief of the American Journal of Ophthalmology for 25 years and he served as the Chief Consultant in Ophthalmology to the United States armed forces in Europe during World War II. 

Vail's films in the collection are:

  • Abnormalities of the Ocular Muscles with Indications for Surgery
  • Delivery of Luxated Lens by the Smith Method

Robert Willard, MD, 1902-2017

Robert Willard, MD, was an ophthalmologist who completed his residency at Northwestern University Medical School after serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He spent his career in private practice in Toledo, Ohio. 

Willard's film in the collection is: Abnormalities of the Ocular Muscles with Indications for Surgery