Our monthly update on recently-acquired, newly available or underused archival sources in the history of medicine.
Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine
Keywords: Hypertrophy; Nuclear magnetic resonance; Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
The Joanne S. Ingwall Papers, 1961-2009, consists of correspondence, research records, writings, reports, grant records, professional records, personal records and administrative records produced by Ingwall while a faculty member at Harvard Medical School. Papers also contain records from her work at the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and from her work as a faculty member at the University of California, San Diego.
Keywords: Biochemistry – Education; Immunology; Sleep — physiology
The Manfred L. Karnovsky papers, 1925-1998 (inclusive), 1950-1998 (bulk), are a product of Karnovsky’s research, teaching, and professional activities throughout the period of his service at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, as Research Associate, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, Harold T. White Professor, and Harold T. White Professor Emeritu
Keywords: AIDS Clinical Trials Group; Gilead Sciences (Firm); GlaxoSmithKline; Immune Response Corporation.
The Stephen W. Lagakos papers, 1971-2009 (inclusive), 1995-2009 (bulk), are the product of Lagakos’s activities as an HIV/AIDS researcher, biostatistician, and Harvard School of Public Health professor of biostatistics.
Keywords: Community mental health services; Crisis Intervention; Preventive Psychiatry; West End (Boston, Mass.)
Papers are the product of Lindemann’s professional, research, teaching, and publishing activities throughout the course of his career. The bulk of the collection contains administrative, research, and teaching records generated during his tenure at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, the Wellesley Human Relations Service, and Massachusetts General Hospital. The collection also contains: personal and professional correspondence; research data and administrative records of the West End Research Project; correspondence and records related to Lindemann’s service in professional organizations and committees; his writings and publications; and collected publications related to psychiatry and mental health.
Mount Sinai Archives, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Keywords: Pediatrics, Polio, Epidemiology, Virology
This collection documents the career of Horace L. Hodes, MD (1907-1989), who served as Chairman of Pediatrics at The Mount Sinai Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Hodes served on the Congressional panel that testified to the efficacy of the Salk vaccine and was President of the American Pediatric Society in 1974-1975. The collection includes correspondence, research notes, manuscripts and subject files that document Dr. Hodes’s pioneering work in pediatric virology and bacteriology, including research into polio, infant diarrhea and the rotavirus, as well as his professional service to the discipline of pediatrics.
Keywords: Ostomies, Surgery, Medical History, Patient Self-Help
Albert S. Lyons, MD (1912-2006) was a surgeon and medical historian who spent his career at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center, where he was Clinical Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Intestinal Rehabilitation Clinic. This collection includes a wide range of materials documenting his life and work, including correspondence and manuscripts, professional association records, research notes and subject files. Dr. Lyons helped found the United Ostomy Association, an early self-help organization for ostomy patients, and served for many years as its medical advisor; the collection contains 5 linear feet of material documenting ostomy patient organizations, including an extensive file of newsletters from local and regional groups around the globe. The collection also includes material related to Dr. Lyons’ 1978 book Medicine: An Illustrated History and related research projects.
Keywords: Hepatology, Pathology, Medical Schools
Hans Popper, MD, PhD (1903-1988) was one of the founders of modern hepatology and a central figure in the history of New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center. His papers contain extensive correspondence and subject files documenting his hepatological research and service to the discipline. These include the records of his presidencies of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Association for the Study of the Liver, both of which he helped found, as well as 4 linear feet of travel records, which contain programs and itineraries for nearly every significant hepatological conference held between 1967 and 1988. The collection also includes extensive material documenting Dr. Popper’s role as one of the prime movers responsible for establishing Mount Sinai School of Medicine (chartered in 1963, known today as the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai), where he was the first Dean for Academic Affairs.
Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health, New York Academy of Medicine
Keywords: Medicine, New York, Societies, Public Health
68 linear feet documenting the activities of the Medical Society of the County of New York (now named the New York County Medical Society) from its founding in 1806 to 1989. In its early years, the society regulated the medical profession in Manhattan; by the 20th century, it was focused on education and public health concerns. The collection is largely comprised of administrative records, committee records, subject files, membership records, and financial records. Images and photographs, publications, resource and reference materials, publicity files, and miscellaneous other items are also included.
Keywords: Human Genome Project, Genetics, Genomics
This collection contains the working papers of John Sulston, including laboratory notebooks, mapping and sequencing data, journal article manuscripts, conference papers, correspondence, managerial papers and press cuttings. They relate to his work undertaken at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and later the Sanger Centre. The papers cover Sulston’s extensive research on the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, from studying the ventral cord to recording the cell lineage and then mapping and sequencing its genome with Alan Coulson and Robert (Bob) Waterston. The papers also cover Sulston’s tenure as Director of the Sanger Centre, his involvement in the international Human Genome Project and work undertaken after stepping down as Director.
Keywords: Mental Health
Over 80 boxes of material from the archive of Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales are now available for consultation in the Wellcome Library. Mind began life as the National Association for Mental Health (NAMH) in 1946, but it owes its name to the Mind Appeal, a 1970s fundraising campaign launched by David Ennals. The material currently available is from the Subject Files section of the archive. Early minute books from some of Mind’s predecessor bodies are also available.
Keywords: Epilepsy, International Agencies
The ILAE (International League Against Epilepsy) is a voluntary organization founded in 1909 as an association of physicians and allied health professional working in the field of epilepsy. It is believed to be the oldest international sub specialist organization in the field of neurology, and one of the oldest in medicine. The core of the ILAE’s activities both then and now was and is the communication of the medical and social truths about epilepsy. It has worked to dispel the myths, stigmas and superstitions in the general populace about the nature of epilepsy and to promote it as a medically based neurological condition. The papers in this collection represent the history of the ILAE from the 1960s until 1993, while the League remained a fairly small, volunteer led organization. The bulk of the papers date from the time of Harry Meinardi in the 1980s and 1990s. They cover the administration and governance of the League, the creation of Epilepsy International, scientific research and developments and the ethos of the league as it fought to dispel the myths around epilepsy. It is largely written in English with around 30% in Dutch.
Queen’s University Archives, Kingston, Canada
Keywords: Genetics, Eugenics, Gregor Mendel, Knowledge Dissemination
William Bateson (1861–1926) brought the work of Gregor Mendel to the attention of the English-speaking world and made fundamental contributions to genetics. He was the founding director of the John Innes Horticultural Institute at Merton, Surrey. The papers were assembled by Bateson’s wife, Caroline Beatrice Durham. Following his death she appealed publicly for further letters. Copies are also held in the UK at the Cambridge University Library (originals) and the John Innes Centre, currently located in Norwich. Please see Mendel Newsletter June 2009 for further information on the provenance of this collection.