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Sidney A. Schnur, MD papers

Black and white portrait of Cardiologist Sidney Schnur, 1954. MS219-n1179, MS 219 Joseph I. Maurer Photographs, McGovern Historical Center, TMC Library

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Sidney A. Schnur was a cardiologist and a clinical assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine. In addition, he served as president of the Harris County Medical Society in 1972.

One of Schnur’s patients at St. Joseph’s Hospital, near death from cardiogenic shock (when the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs), was the test for Denton Cooley’s heart-lung machine in April 1956; the patient lived another six weeks before succumbing to a second heart attack.

Dr. Schnur’s archival collection at the McGovern Historical Center focuses heavily on his involvement in the Harris County Medical Society. Other portions of the collection reflect his work at Baylor, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and St. Luke’s Hospital. There are also records relating to the American Heart Association, Houston Heart Association, Texas Medical Association, and other groups.

The collection contains reports, publications, committee agendas and meeting minutes, other committee documents, and correspondence.

While the collection contains some materials dating as far back as 1939, the bulk of the materials date from 1965-1976.