The Heritage Research Center is pleased to announce the opening of Quack ‘o’ Rama: A Collection of Questionable Medical Devices, a solo exhibition of quackery devices collected by the late LLU professor, William T. Jarvis, Ph.D. Selected items are now on display in the lobby of the Heritage Research Center located within the Vernier Radcliffe wing of the Del E. Webb Memorial Library, across the breezeway from Magan Hall.
It is shocking to believe that anyone would take these medical devices seriously. In decades past, a combination of scientific ignorance and hope for a magical cure-all allowed quack gadgets to thrive. In these modern times, a look at late-night infomercials on television shows medical quackery is still going strong. Consumers can even find quack gadgets on the “As seen on TV” shelves of their favorite retail chain stores. Quack ‘o’ Rama exhibits a selection of both handheld and large, cumbersome devices developed during the 1910 – 1950s used to fool and rob the consumer. Items on display include, the Radium Ore Revigator, a ceramic water crock lined with radioactive materials. This was marketed as a simple means to prevent illnesses including arthritis, flatulence, and senility. Also on display is the Ultra Violet Ray device which claimed to treat acne, alcohol and drug abuse, arthritis and cancer. Other items include antique medicine bottles, a sunlamp from the Battle Creek Sanitarium, rare first editions and out of print books from Loma Linda University’s own Department of Archives and Special Collections, and vintage snake oil posters.
The exhibition is currently on display in the lobby of the Heritage Research Center located within the Vernier Radcliffe wing of the Del E. Webb Memorial Library
Many of these medical devices were proven to be either ineffective or unsafe and seized by the courts. Some of the inventors of these gadgets faced criminal charges too. During the 1980s, the equipment on display was turned over to the care and supervision of Dr. William T. Jarvis, President and founder of the California Council Against Health Fraud. Jarvis was also a professor at Loma Linda University with dual appointments in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and a secondary appointment in the School of Dentistry. He authored numerous articles, mainly on consumer health fraud. He also co-authored The Health Robbers, the textbook Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions, and authored Quackery and You. Dr. Jarvis died in March 2016 at the age of 80.
Those who wish to view the exhibit may do so for free! The items will be on display at the Heritage Research Center located within the Del E. Webb Memorial Library at the Loma Linda University campus from May 01 – September 29, 2017 during normal library hours.
Doss’s Army Service Uniform with his replacement Medal of Honor.
Our department has been busy lately. We were invited to set up an exhibition at the advance private screening of the film, Hacksaw Ridge, hosted by Loma Linda University Health on November 3, 2016. The movie tells the true story of Pfc. Desmond T. Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist conscientious objector, who won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic actions at the Maeda Escarpment during the Battle of Okinawa (Apr 1 – Jun 22, 1945), the largest and bloodiest battle of the war. Desmond Doss was credited with single-handedly saving 75 wounded soldiers off the escarpment over a 12-hour period under enemy fire, and was the first conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor. In addition to the Medal of Honor, Doss was awarded two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star.
Various certificates for Doss’s heroic efforts.
In June of 2007, the collection was acquired as a donation from the Desmond Doss estate through the Georgia-Cumberland SDA Conference. Housed in approximately 60 archival boxes, the Desmond Doss Collection includes personal correspondence written to and from Doss, medals, certificates, uniforms, scrapbooks, memorabilia and more collected by Doss during his lifetime. Within the collection is a replacement Medal of Honor (one of two) that was given to Doss for his courageous and heroic efforts. The original medal awarded to Doss on October 12, 1945, was lost in 1969 during a visit to Okinawa. The medal was later recovered, but Doss had already requested this replacement medal. His original Medal of Honor was donated to the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1990 by Desmond and wife Dorothy. However, we believe the bars and ribbons are originals.
Shown are a few snapshots of items exhibited at the film premier. The department of Archives and Special Collections plans to create a larger exhibit highlighting Desmond Doss and his remarkable achievements. Check back soon for more information.
Helmet, knapsack and canteen of Desmond Doss.
Seventh-day Adventists believe church co-founder Ellen G. White was inspired by God as a prophet, today understood as a manifestation of the New Testament “gift of prophecy”, as described in the official beliefs of the church.
To help mark the centennial of Ellen G. White’s death, on Monday, February 02, 2015, the White Estate Branch Office, the Heritage Research Center, and the Loma Linda University School of Religion will sponsor a conference for pastors in the Southern and Southeastern California conferences entitled Ellen White and Inspiration. The conference will run from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, and it will be held in the Chen Fong Conference room (the 4th floor) of the Centennial Complex of Loma Linda University.
The presenters will be Dr. Alberto Timm, Associate Director of the Ellen G. White Estate, and Stanley Hickerson, Annotation Project Editor for the Ellen G. White Estate. Spouses, students, and members of the community are welcome to attend.
Because this topic continues to be a hotly debated issue within the Seventh-day Adventist church today, this timely conference will be an invaluable resource for professional enrichment and for nurturing congregational life. So mark your calendars and please join us for this special, full-day event!
Open parking and free lunch will be provided to all pastors in attendance. An optional tour of the Heritage Research Center will also be available following the question-and-answer session. For more details, see the event program below.
Ellen White and Inspiration program
New Exhibit on Display at The Heritage Research Center
In celebration of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination’s 150th anniversary, the Heritage Research Center is hosting an exhibit featuring an overview of Adventist history. The exhibit highlights the history of the church from the Millerite Movement to the growth of the denomination and global ministry on twelve colorful banners.
The 150th Anniversary Exhibit is on display only for a short period of time, so be sure to stop by today! The Heritage Research Center is located within the Vernier Radcliffe wing of the Del E. Webb Memorial Library, across the breezeway from Magan Hall.
To read more about the formation of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination and teachings of the church, read “United for Mission: One Hundred and Fifty Years, From Great Disappointment to General Conference” at
United for Mission: One Hundred and Fifty Years
Head on over to our Facebook to see photos from the exhibit!
Just a reminder that the Heritage Research Center book sale is scheduled for Monday, March 3, 2014 at 8 am and will be ending on Friday, March 7 at noon. This is probably our largest sale yet, so stop by for some great finds. In many cases there are multiple copies of sought-after/out of print titles. Hope to see some of our followers there!
Lots of people came into the Heritage Research Center for its annual book sale last year.
Loma Linda Sanitarium, Circa 1905
The Department of Archives and Special Collection will have a photograph exhibit on display at this year’s ninth annual History Fair. Be sure to stop by on Sunday, November 17, between 2 pm and 5 pm at the Senior Center (located at 25541 Barton Road, behind City Hall). The exhibit, The Story of Loma Linda, will showcase photographs from the Loma Linda Sanitarium. Please stop by and meet the department.