About The Panel
The panel is 6×3 feet with a tan boarder. Behind all the things on the panel is a pinkish/peach layer. The panel has a very bumpy and soft feel to it. The full quilt is 12×12 feet, and this panel is located on the bottom right. The panel can be found at Block 713. This quilt can be found at the NAMES Project website where there are more than 46,000 individual panels (AIDS/HIV Quilt). The NAMES Project was started by a gay rights activist named Cleve Jones in November 1985. Their goal was to help educate on AIDS/HIV, create a memorial for those who died, and to help people understand how much of an impact it had on people.
This panel was dedicated to Mitchell David Mucha. The panel consists of four different types of colors, pinkish/peach, black, white, and a hint of red. I will be describing each item on the panel as well what they are supposed to represent to Mucha, the owner of this panel. The items that on this panel will be described from the panel is a doctor bag, stethoscope, the colors, and finally the lettering. I will be explaining them in the same order I have mentioned them.
Old doctor’s bag that was used back in the day, it is a very dark color sort of like the color of the night. It has a very soft feel to it with a red cross in the middle. The bag was cut out by hand judging by the how it’s shaped. The cross was also cut by hand.
The original Doctor’s Bag was the Gladstone which was made in the mid-nineteen century by J.G. Beard. It was used for house visits to patients house. The contents inside of the bag are medical tools like a stethoscope, clinical thermometer and tongue depressor some form of illumination, such as a torch, plessor, ophthalmoscope and auriscope; a test tube or two; and bottles of Benedict’s reagent and acetic acid to complete the kit (RACGP).
A stethoscope that takes up a small portion of the right side of the quilt. The top part of it is similar on both sides. The top of it is silver, but it doesn’t feel soft or rough. The long part of it is the same color as the bag except it has more of rough touch to it. The long part curls around itself.
The idea of the Stethoscope was from René Théophile Hyacinthe Laënnec, who got the basic idea from children who were playing in the background yard of one of his patients. It was later invented between 1816-1819. On August 19, 1819, Laënnec wrote a magmus opus, De l’Auscultation Médiate about the stethoscope was published. Laënnec was the first to help open the doorway to cardiac diseases.
It spells out the word Mitchell David Mucha M.D., in white with a pinkish/peach boarder. The stitching on the words is very rough. The letters are very huge and take up a majority of the space on the panel.
A closer look and you can see that it has pink stitches as well. Underneath the letters, there is a white cloth looking the material type, with pink and white stitches.
Underneath that it says 1957-1985, they are also white with a pinkish/peach boarder. Mucha passed away at the age of 28. Next to his date of death is the letters M.D., which means Doctor of Medicine.
Dammery, David “A historical account of the doctor’s bag” Australian Family Physician, 2016. https://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2016/september/a-historical-account-of-the-doctors-bag/
Markel, Howard. “A Curious Inspiration for the First Stethoscope” PBS News Hour, 2013. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/a-curious-inspiration-for-the-first-stethoscope
Lateef, Yasir. “The AIDS Memorial Quilt” NAMES Project, 2004. https://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2016/september/a-historical-account-of-the-doctors-bag/
“Degree Abbreviations” Harvard University, 2018. https://www.harvard.edu/on-campus/commencement/degree-abbreviations