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Charlotte Anita Abrisch graduated from the West Baltimore General Hospital nursing program in 1937 and qualified as a registered nurse in the State of Maryland the same year. She was a Johns Hopkins Hospital Operating Room Supervisor and Alfred Blalock’s scrub nurse. Her name first appears in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Surgery OR logs on May 21, 1940 as the nurse for Dr. Dandy. She married Leon G. Michell, II, a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, class of 1944. She and her husband moved to Massachusetts in 1945.

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The Charlotte Abrisch Collection consists of one small black pocket six ring binder notebook which outlines the particular needs of specific surgeons in the Johns Hopkins Hospital operating room circa 1940’s. The book is tabbed with the following surgeons: Alfred Blalock, Walter Dandy and Hugh Hampton Young plus a section for Resident Surgery. The first page lists the seven qualities of a good operating room nurse. The back pages contain notes from when Abrisch was a student in 1936 covering topics such as state registration, first aid, and venereal diseases.

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