Dr. Campbell's Fabulous Medical History Collection Drawing Nationwide Interest

Monday, February 18, 2013

An amazing collection of medical memorabilia by a Chattanooga doctor is drawing nationwide interest.

Jim Blair of Blair's Antiques said there have been calls and visits from all over the country at an estate sale of the Dr. William Campbell collection.

The sale started Saturday and continues through Tuesday. Items are 40 percent off today and 50 percent off on Tuesday.

Mr. Blair said Dr. Campbell started his collection when he was given a skeleton when he was 10 years old.

He grew up to be a family doctor at Ducktown and Copper Hill before coming to Chattanooga in 1977 as physician for TVA. Dr. Campbell died last December.

Mr. Blair said his collection became so extensive that "you had to wind your way through his home."

The initial sale filled a brick building at Chestnut and Main where the sale is being conducted, but that was only 65 percent of the collection. A second sale will come later.

Mr. Blair said a host of physicians have been coming by to inspect the collection. He had a call from a museum in New Mexico. A woman from Seattle, Wash., made some purchases. Others have come from many parts of the country to buy a portion.

He said many of the items "are museum quality."

A book dealer made $30,000 in purchases, but many old books are still on the shelves.

The collection includes everything from ancient wheelchairs and antique bedpans to medical equipment and cabinets.

There are hundreds of early medical books along with many photos from the old Chattanooga Medical College.   


Dade County And The Arts - “Show, Don’t Tell” And Cold War Politics

Show, don’t tell. This is a good rule as demonstrated by its inclusion in the forthcoming (we hope) Rules for Revising Poetry and How to Break Them by KB Ballentine, Finn Bille and John C. Mannone. This rule is also what the esteemed former president of Chattanooga Writers Guild, Ray Zimmerman, has repeatedly called “so much pabulum,” meaning, we assume, a stupid rule.  ... (click for more)

Art Exhibit Features African Wildlife Photography

An exhibit featuring nature images by Braam Oberholster, School of Business professor of Southern Adventist University, will open at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the John C. Williams Art Gallery and will run through April 4. The exhibit, “Moments of Providence,” features professional photographs of the African wildlife. “I record art. Often the recording is done at a 2500th of a ... (click for more)

Wintry Mix Possible For Chattanooga Area

A wintry mix is possible for the Chattanooga area beginning Sunday. However, there could be little or no snow and ice unless temperatures dip. Here is the latest forecast from the National Weather Service: MIXED WINTRY PRECIPITATION EXPECTED SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY MORNING... A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN FALLING ACROSS THE SOUTHERN CUMBERLAND PLATEAU...THE ... (click for more)

Man At Homeless Camp On Chestnut Street Charged With Trying To Set Fire To Another Man

A man at a homeless camp on Chestnut Street has been charged with trying to set fire to another man at the camp. Richard Warren "Trey" Erwin, 40, is charged with aggravated arson. Police were called to the 2200 block of Chestnut at 12:40 a.m. Earlier, Michael Nye and Alisa Buckels had called for an ambulance. They were checked out at Erlanger Hospital for inhalation injuries. ... (click for more)

Black History Month Hero - Theodore McGraw (Kidd) AKA "Pongee" - And Response

I grew up in "Old St. Elmo" on 39th Street behind the Incline. As a child I remember my older brother "Pongee" as being my hero. This month of February being Black History Month, I cannot think of a better person to be honored than my late older brother, Theodore McGraw (Kidd) aka "Pongee" of St. Elmo (Gamble Town). Growing up without my father, Theodore was always available ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Evaluators Earn $11.70

A number of curious job notices, under the heading of ‘General Labor,’ have appeared on various Craigslists, that free Internet portal where you can find everything from a used lawn tractor, guitar lessons or even a saucy Saturday night date. This week on the Charlotte, N.C., Craigslist, for example, there appeared an offer to become a “reader/evaluator” for a company known as Measurement ... (click for more)