Dr. Joseph Lewis Belsky was Chief of Medicine for the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC), a committee formed to study the long-term effects of radiation exposure on the residents of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan, from 1969-1972. (The ABCC was subsequently renamed the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF)).
The Ernst W. Bertner, MD papers document the life, career, and leadership of Dr. Ernst W. Bertner, who was one of the founders and first president (1945 - 1950) of the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He was also the acting director for the first four years of the existence of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Bertner was active in leading many medical organizations and institutions in the first half of the 20th century in Texas and in the nation. These papers provide information about his life, including his service in World War I, his contributions to medical organizations, such as the Texas Medical Association and the American Cancer Society, and to the development of the Texas Medical Center and its institutions. The collection is 6.5 cubic feet in size and materials are in good condition.
Connie Brady was a nursing student at the Shannon West Texas Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas, from 1960 to 1964. This collection includes a graded 1964 diary Brady wrote for a nursing course, school-related correspondence and papers, school publications, and nursing publications. The material is in good condition and is about 0.25 cubic feet (1 box). 1960-1964.
The R. Lee Clark manuscript collection consists of Dr. Clark’s papers, both personal and professional, collected over a 30-year period. Much of the collection centers around University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where Dr. Clark was Director and Chief of Staff, President, and finally President Emeritus. There is an historical series within the collection relating to the formation of the early M.D. Anderson Hospital and the Texas Medical Center. The collection includes information on other cancer institutes and organizations, both national and international.
The records of Dr. Daniel L. Creson document his career in psychiatry as a clinician, educator, community organizer, humanitarian and historian. His work as a clinician and educator are shown through records of classes, lectures and symposiums which he either taught or organized. Information about some of the mental health or professional organizations he directed or was active in is available. Photographs and print material document his humanitarian work in areas of international conflict. Dr. Creson worked for many years to document the history of psychiatry in Texas. The collection includes audio and video tape interviews with many psychiatric professionals as well as print material about Texas mental health care institutions.
Murdina M. Desmond, M.D., FAAP (Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics) was a member of a 1950s team that developed an infection control plan for hospital- acquired staphyloccous infection for newborns. Dr. Desmond began the first neonatal intensive care unit in the nation at the former Jefferson Davis Hospital and worked with affected babies at the hospital during the 1963-64 rubella outbreak. In 1973, she became director of the Leopold Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics at Texas Children's Hospital. (Adapted from the obituary in the American Academy of Pediatrics News, 2003;23;123.)
William "Bill" H. Ellett donated the William H. Ellett Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission papers. Ellett is a physicist. He graduated from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in physics. He earned a masters of science in physics at New York University and a doctorate in radiation physics at Royal Postgraduate Medical School at the University of London. From 1984 to 1992, he served as a consultant for the Radiation Effects Research Foundation at Hiroshima. From 1985 to 1991, he was a a senior program officer on the Board on Radiation Effects Research, Commission on Life Sciences with the National Academy of Sciences. He The materials includes a 1945 topographical map of Nagasaki used in planning the atomic attack and a 1946 topographical map of Hiroshima that was used by the international damage assessment group. The collection also includes an unpublished manuscript of ABCC history written by John Z. Bowers, a former ABCC staffer. Ellett also included his personal copies of the "Life Span Study" reports. The size of the collection is one cubic foot (2 boxes and two oversize maps).
Ruth Hartgraves, MD was an Obstetrician-Gynecologist in Houston, Texas from 1935-1985. During her 50 years in private practice, she delivered more than 3000 babies, held appointments at the major hospitals in Houston and was a faculty member at the Baylor College of Medicine. She was active in medical organizations, such as the American Women’s Medical Association, of which she served as President and from which she received the Elizabeth Blackwell Award. She and her sister, Hallie Hartgraves, attended the University of Texas Austin in the 1920s and were among the first women graduates of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.The collection includes information about her Texas heritage, family history and life as a professional woman in the mid20th century. Resources document her cultural interests, especially in opera, her religious affiliations at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, and her extensive world travel.
The Philip S. Hench, MD, papers, MS 76, consist of Dr. Hench's personal and professional documents from his childhood, 1896, to his death, 1965. These papers provide information about his family and life, including his service in World War II, his contributions to medical research in rheumatic diseases, and his Nobel Award and other awards. Dr. Hench, a co-developer of cortisone as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, was a joint winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1950. Dr. Hench had studied rheumatic diseases and researched treatments from his early years in the 1920s as a fellow at Mayo Clinic. At the time of his death, he was Professor Emeritus of Medicine in the University of Minnesota and head of the Section of Rheumatic Diseases at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Hench was active in leading and participating in many rheumatic organizations and institutions both nationally and internationally.
The Herman Walter Johnson, MD papers document the life and career of Dr. Herman Walter Johnson, who was professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Baylor College of Medicine. He also served during World War I as major in the United States Army Medical Corps. The collection contains one box and oversized materials, including Dr. Johnson autobiography (Reminiscences of a Male Midwife), news articles, certificates, and offical documents. Materials are in good condition.
The published and unpublished writings of Dr. Eugen Kahn, a respected and significant researcher and educator in the psychiatry discipline during the first part of the 20th century, are the main items in this collection. The published papers are usually in the form of reprints from the journals in which they appeared. Some writings have notes by Kahn. In addition, reprints of articles by Dr. Emil Kraepelin, another important figure in psychiatry, are included. There is some correspondence, primarily between Dr. Kahn and Professor H. Schipperges from the 1960's, and some academic reports from Dr. Kahn's tenure at Yale University and at Baylor College of Medicine.
Ernst Knobil, PhD was a world renowned physiologist whose work was seminal in many areas of endocrinology. Dr. Knobil was on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School, Chairman of the Department of Physiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Dean of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He maintained an active research laboratory from 1951 to 1997. This collection contains data notebooks from his laboratories; information about the funding support he received from various sources, including the National Institutes of Health; information about his Deanship and other appointments; lectures and material for classes he taught; significant resources on his activities with professional organizations, such as the National Academy of Sciences and the American Physiology Society; correspondence with a wide range of national and international scientists; reprints and/or manuscripts of his published material; and biographical information about his education. This collection provides a comprehensive overview of work of an important and distinguished biomedical scientist and academic of the latter half of the twentieth century.
The collection documents Dr. Meynier's work in obstetrics and gynecology from 1931 to his retirement in 1977. Of particular interest is the history of Dr. Meynier's involvement in numerous issues of the mid-twentieth century: public health services and delivery of medical care to the indigent, location of a new city-county charity hospital, and the controversy surrounding liberalization of laws governing abortion. Also documented are Dr. Meynier's terms as president, respectively, of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 1960, the Houston Gynecological and Obstetrical Society in 1964, and the Harris County Medical Society in 1969.
Thomas F. Miles, M.D., was born in Alabama in 1858 and died in Lorena, Texas in 1937. He attended Vanderbilt University and graduated from Tulane in 1884 with a degree in Doctor of Medicine. He later practiced medicine in Eddy, Texas and later Lorena where he lived and practiced for 54 years. This collection includes his black bag, medicines in glass bottles, one carte-de-visite and two cabinet cards depicting Miles, diplomas, surgical instruments, medical tools, and some papers. The collection is generally in fair condition. The black leather bag is brittle. The photographic images are in excellent condition. The surgical tools show some rust. The medicines in glass vials have degraded. 1 cubic foot (1 box). 1880-1908.
William C. Moloney MD kept a personal journal, with photographs, for much of his two years in Japan with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. In January of 1986, Dr. Moloney donated his journal, correspondence and diary pages to the Harris County Medical Archive. He died in 1998 at the age of 91. His first contribution was a set of ten reprints representing his work with the ABCC from 1952 to 1954. Dr. Moloney's journal is a fine document, one which will be of great use to historians. It is an important record of personal impressions, thoughts and details of events. The journal gives new insights into the work of the ABCC and into the people who participated in that work. Dr. Moloney wrote in his journal from April 1952 to February 1954. The Korean War was on and there was a great deal of military activity in southern Japan. The collection is open for research. The collection consists of a handwritten journal, loose calendar or notebook pages and some reprints. The journal is in generally fair condition. The paper is slightly acidic and the binding is loose. There are numerous photos glued onto the pages. The collection encompasses the years 1952-1954 and is 0.25 cubic feet (1 box).
A major portion of the Raymond D. Pruitt Papers consists of his writings (published and unpublished), including notes on some documents and correspondence about some published documents. Of particular interest are his original manuscripts, material on his years at Oxford University, material on the origin and first years of Mayo Medical School including correspondence regarding his resignation from Baylor Medical College, and material on medical education.
Dr. Henry Renfert, Jr. served in the United States Navy during World War II aboard the U.S.S. Hydrus and U.S.S. Independence. He served aboard the Independence when it was assigned to the atomic bomb experiments on Bikini Atoll. He served after the war at Sasabo base in Japan. For his work there he received the Naval commendation medal for his success in controlling communicable diseases. In 1956 he and Dr. Virgil Lawless founded the Austin Diagnostic Clinic, which grew into the Austin Diagnostic Medical Center and eventually was called the Austin Medical Center.
The Richard S. Ruiz, MD, papers, MS 150, includes materials from 1925 through 2007 related to the Hermann Eye Center. Dr. Ruiz was the Chief of Ophthalmology at Hermann Hospital as well as the Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Medical School - Houston. Dr. Ruiz established the Hermann Eye Center, a world class eye care facility which combined the patient care from Hermann Hospital as well as the education and research of the University of Texas Medical School. This collection primarily encompasses the building of the original Hermann Eye Center in 1977 as well as some information about the 1994 renovation of the Hermann Eye Center. Dr. Ruiz donated his collection of journal articles, newspaper articles, business correspondence, photographs, architectural blueprints, and a scrapbook to the John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research center between March and May 2011. The scrapbook is becoming brittle and many of the pictures are falling off of the leaves. The other materials are in good condition. The collection is 2 cubic feet (three boxes).
The William J. Schull, PhD Papers documents to life and career of Dr. William Schull. Dr. Schull is an American scientist and geneticist famous for his research into the effects of ionizing radiation on the human body largely based on the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki after World War II. Dr. Schull began his scientific career in radiation research in 1949 when he joined the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC). Dr. Schull served many decades in the elite corps of scientists conducting research into the genetic impact of irradiation on human health. A professor emeritus of The Human Genetics Center, School of Public Health, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas, Dr. Schull served on most of the major governmental and non-governmental committees formed throughout the 20th century to quantify the effects of ionizing radiation. The collection consists of approximately 135 boxes including oversize and audiovisual. It consists of approximately 86 cubic feet of material and is in good condition.
The papers of Dr. Seybold are made up primarily of office files, correspondence and memoranda, newsclippings, articles, committee meeting minutes and reports; the working files of a prominent Houston physician who at one time or another served as chief of staff at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, partner and chief of staff of the KelseySeybold Clinic, president of the Texas Surgical Society, member of the University of Texas Committee of 75 and the Centennial Commission. His influence on Texas and Houston medicine is clearly seen in this voluminous collection.