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)).
Dr. Bertner, one of founders of the Texas Medical Center in Houston Texas, was its first President from 1945 to 1950. 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 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.)
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 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.
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 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.