Nevada Medicine Weekly

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Megan Swank

Discovering Family History at Savitt Medical Library

When a student told Megan Swank, Au.D., CCC-A, about the medical bag bearing her last name on display outside Savitt Medical Library, she doubted there was any connection to her.

"I've been here for three years as an instructor and this was the first time I'd heard about it," Swank said. "Initially I thought there was no way it was connected to me, but when I saw the name on the bag, James L. Swank, I realized it was my great grandfather's. It was a very emotional moment."

Swank had forgotten that her great grandfather, James Levy Swank, M.D., had practiced medicine as a general physician in Las Vegas before his death in 1961. "I thought it was pretty amazing, because I don't know much about him. He died before I was born," said Swank.

Initially, little was known about the bag's history, other than it was donated to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's History of Medicine program in 1989 by a Dr. Joseph George. Upon opening the bag, Swank discovered a letter and blood pressure cuff inside, both of which were previously unknown to current curators of the History of Medicine collection.

"It's really interesting holding something that belonged to someone related to you. When I opened it and discovered there was more, I had goose bumps running up my arms," Swank said.

Learn what was inside Dr. Swank's bag…

Nevada in the News

Potential leukemia drug better aimed at muscular dystrophy, NIH says

Sunday, June 25th: PatientDaily: A drug formerly meant for cancer treatment may be better used to treat muscular dystrophy, according to researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

Researchers from the University of Nevada, Reno Aim to Repurpose Experimental Cancer Therapy to Treat Muscular Distrophy

Friday, June 23rd: EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation: Researchers at the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) have demonstrated that a drug originally targeted unsuccessfully to treat cancer may have new life as a potential treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).

Air conditioning: Men vs. women

Friday, June 23rd: KOLO: The professor with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, says biologically men and women are different. And when it comes to body temperature, size matters in terms of what it takes to burn off excess heat.

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