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H MS c169

Aub, Joseph C. (Joseph Charles), 1890- Papers, 1918-1974:A Finding Aid.

Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)


Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: H MS c169
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Title: Joseph C. Aub Papers,
Date(s): 1918-1974
Quantity: 18.1 cubic feet (11 record cartons, 20 document boxes, 1 legal document box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The Joseph C. Aub Papers, 1918-1974, are the result of Aub's teaching, endocrine research and professional activities as Professor of Research Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Joseph C.Aub Papers were donated to the Harvard Medical Library in theFrancis A. Countway Library of Medicine by Joseph Charles Aub in 1966.

Processing Information:

Processedby Jennifer Pelose, May 2000.
Processing Note: The Joseph C. Aub Papers, were formerly accessed by call number GA 4. The collection was brought together in 1999 by integrating records fromHarvard Medical School Archives collection number GA 4, and unprocessed new accessions. These records have been interfiled, and article reprints, personal financialdocuments, advertising mailings from professional societies, duplicate materials and items not created by Aub have beenremoved. The collection was organized into eleven series. Items within folders were not reorganized; many were found organized in reverse chronological order.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access requires advance notice. There arerestrictions on access to this collection. Access to Harvard University records is restricted for 50 years from the date of creation. These restrictions are noted in Series II. Access to personal and patient information is restricted for 80 years from the date of creation. Theserestricted materials are noted where they appear in Series III, V, and X. Researchers may apply for access to restricted records. Consult the Public Services Librarian for further information.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Medical Librarydoes not hold copyright on all of the materials in the collections. Requestsfor permission to publish material from the collection should be directed tothe Public Services Librarian. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from thePublic Services Librarian are responsible for identifying and contacting the personsor organizations that holdcopyright. Reference Services and Access Information.

Preferred Citation:

Joseph C. Aub papers, 1918-1974. H MS c169, Harvard Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

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Joseph Charles Aub (JCA),1890-1973, BS, 1911, Harvard University, MD, 1914, Harvard Medical School(HMS), was Professor of Research Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the medicallaboratories at Collis P. Huntington Memorial Hospital (CPHMH) at MassachusettsGeneral Hospital (MGH). He was an endocrinologist whose research focused on cancerand industrial toxicity.
JCA was born on 13 May 1890 in Cincinnati, Ohio, toSamuel and Clara Shohl Aub; he married Elizabeth Frances Cope in 1925. DuringWorld War I, JCA was part of an MGH unit that spent 20 months in France andtreated soldiers with pneumonia at base hospitals. He also collaborated inFrance with HMS physiologist Walter Cannon to study the effects of traumaticshock on the recently wounded.
JCA returned to MGH in 1919 and wasappointed Instructor of Physiology and Assistant Professor of AppliedPhysiology at HMS and then Assistant in Medicine at MGH and Assistant Professorin Medicine at HMS in 1924. JCA was named Physician-in-Chief of the CPHMH in1928, succeeding George Minot; he also held the position of Senior AssociatePhysician at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital from 1928 to 1942. During this period,JCA developed the theory that the study of normal cells couldlead to an understanding of abnormal cell growth, including cancer. JCA wasappointed Physician at MGH in 1942 when the CPHMH closed and its laboratories moved to MGH. In 1956, JCA retired from hisadministrative positions at MGH and HMS, including his chairmanship of theDepartment of Medicine at HMS, but continued his research as Professor ofResearch Medicine, Emeritus, maintaining his laboratory at MGH and serving as amember of the MGH Board of Honorary Physicians. JCA emerged as an earlyauthority on industrial contamination in workers, and collaborated with HarrietHardy to prevent lead and beryllium poisoning and to promoteindustrial safety for the World Health Organization. He worked with Manfred Bowditch, a Massachusetts industrial healthauthority, on industrial hygiene, lead poisoning, and toxicity. JCA also participated in the Shady Hill School Growth Study in Cambridge, Mass. which examined the physical development of elementary school students.
During his career, JCAauthored over 300 articles on topics such as lead, metabolism, endocrinology,calcium, and toxicology, and he published the biography of David Edsall,Pioneer in Modern Medicine-David Linn Edsall of Harvard in 1971.JCA was a founder of the American Cancer Society, and was active in UnitarianService Committee medical missions, the Worcester Foundation for ExperimentalBiology, and the City of Hope Medical Center. JCA died of pneumonia on 30December 1973 at age 83.

Series Arrangement


Box 20 contains twenty-four folders of photographs and other non-print materials from Aub's activities at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital and from his international medical mission journeys. Photographs are listed in their series. Patient records are housed in boxes 22-32.

Scope and ContentNote

The Joseph C. Aub Papers, 1918-1974, are the result of Aub's research and professional activities as a cancer researcher at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital and other medical institutions in Boston, Mass. Contains correspondence, writings, lectures, photographs and conference programs resulting from Aub's cancer research activities. Topics include industrial hygiene, lead, and beryllium toxicity.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Beryllium toxicology.
Education, Medical
Harvard Medical School--Study and teaching.
Industrial hygiene--Study andteaching--United States.
Medical education.
Occupational Health--United States.
Traumatic shock.
Aub, Joseph C. (Joseph Charles), 1890-
City of Hope Cancer Research Center.
Cocoanut Grove (Boston, Mass.)
Collis P. Huntington Memorial Hospital.
Harvard Medical School.
Massachusetts General Hospital.
Bauer,Walter, b. 1898
Berry, George Packer, 1898-
Bowditch, Manfred.
Cannon,Walter B. (Walter Bradford), 1871-1945.
Cobb,Stanley, 1887-1968.
Cowdry, E. V. (Edmund Vincent), 1888-1945.
Edsall, DavidLinn.
Hardy, Harriet Louise, 1906-
Hunter, Donald, 1898-
Means, James Howard, 1885-1967.
Minot, George Richards, 1885-1950.
Roof, Betty, S., 1926-