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H MS c188

Davidson, Charles S. (Charles Sprecher), 1910-. Papers, 1918-1999 (inclusive), 1941-1990 (bulk): Finding Aid.

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Processing of Charles Sprecher Davidson papers was funded by the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine's Charles S. Minot Fund for Hematology.

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: H MS c188
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: Davidson, Charles S. (Charles Sprecher), 1910-.
Title: Charles Sprecher Davidson papers,
Date(s): 1918-1999 (inclusive),
Date(s): 1941-1990 (bulk).
Quantity: 13.77 cubic feet ( (14 records center cartons, 1 legal size document box, and 1 oversize box)
Language of materials: Papers are predominantly in English. Occasional correspondence and collected publications are in French and German.
Abstract: The Charles Sprecher Davidson papers, 1918-1999 (inclusive), 1941-1990 (bulk), are a product of Davidson's research and personal and professional activities undertaken throughout the period of his service at three institutions: Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts; the Thorndike Memorial Laboratory at Boston City Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Charles Sprecher Davidson papers were gifted to the Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine by Davidson in 1998, with the gift coordinated by Robert Bednarak, 2003 April 23 (Accession 2003-059).

Processing Information:

Processed by Amber LaFountain, 2013 January.
Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the papers, and created a finding aid to improve access. Items were rehoused and, where necessary, photocopied to acid-free paper. Folder titles were transcribed from the originals when available; titles supplied by the processing staff appear in brackets only on the physical folders. Duplicate reprints already in the collection were discarded.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access requires advance notice. Access to Harvard University records is restricted for 50 years from the date of creation. These restrictions are noted where they appear in Series I. Access to personal, patient, and student information is restricted for 80 years from the date of creation. These restrictions appear in Series I, II, III, and IV. Researchers may apply for access to restricted records. Consult Public Services for further information.
Information stored on audographs is in a format not currently accessible to researchers.
The Papers are stored offsite. Researchers are advised to contact Public Services for more information concerning retrieval of material.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Medical Library does not hold copyright on all the materials in the collection. Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to Public Services. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from Public Services are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

Preferred Citation:

Charles Sprecher Davidson papers, 1918-1999 (inclusive), 1941-1990 (bulk). H MS c188. Harvard Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

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Separations

Two wet-mount microscope slides associated with a patient record and a vial of liver extract produced by Eli Lilly and Company were transferred to the Warren Anatomical Museum in 2013 January.

Biographical Notes

Charles Sprecher Davidson (1910-2000), A.B., 1934, University of California at Berkeley; M.D., C.M., 1939, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, was Associate Director of Harvard Medical School's Thorndike Memorial Laboratory, Boston City Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, and Senior Lecturer of Medicine at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Davidson's research focused on nutrition, metabolism, and diseases of the liver, particularly alcoholism and cirrhosis of the liver. He was instrumental in the founding of the Thorndike Memorial Laboratory's Liver Diseases and Nutrition Unit, the first American clinical research laboratory dedicated to studying diseases of the liver.
Charles Sprecher Davidson was born in Berkeley, California in 1910 to Charles Sprecher Davidson (died 1910), a miner, and Mary Blossom (1883-1968), Dean of Women at the University of California at Berkeley. He received his A.B. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1934, and his M.D., C.M. from McGill University in 1939. In 1941, Davidson was appointed Assistant Resident at the Thorndike Memorial Laboratory, Boston City Hospital (1941-1942), and Research Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School (1941-1942). His subsequent appointments at Harvard Medical School include: Instructor in Medicine (1945-1946); Francis Weld Peabody Fellow in Medicine (1946-1949); Associate in Medicine (1947-1949); Assistant Professor of Medicine (1949-1952); Associate Professor of Medicine (1953-1969); Professor of Medicine (1969-1973); William Bosworth Castle Professor of Medicine (1974-1977); and William Bosworth Castle Professor of Medicine, Emeritus (1977-). Davidson held numerous positions during his tenure at the Boston City Hospital, including: Resident Director (1943-1947) and Associate Director, Second and Fourth Medical Services (1948-1970); Assistant Physician (1943-1948), Associate Physician (1948-1963), and Associate Director (1963-1970), Thorndike Memorial Laboratory; and Acting Director, Harvard Medical Unit (1970-1972). In 1974, Davidson was appointed Director of the Clinical Research Center and Visiting Professor of Nutrition and Food Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (1974-1977). He was successively appointed Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Food Science (1977-1987), and Senior Lecturer in Health Sciences and Technology (appointed in 1987).
His awards and honors include the McCollum Award of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition (1966), the Medal of the American Medical Society on Alcoholism (1980), and the Joseph S. Goldberger Award in Clinical Nutrition by the American Medical Association (1991). He was Scholar in Residence at the National Institutes of Health's (N.I.H.) Fogarty International Center, and served on numerous N.I.H. committees related to nutrition. His further professional offices included: Chairman of the American Medical Association Council on Foods and Nutrition; President of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition; President of The Medical Foundation, Inc.; Trustee of the Boylston Medical Society; President of the American Society of Clinical Nutrition; and Trustee of the Age Center of New England. Throughout his life, Davidson was also an active environmental conservationist. He was a Founder and Trustee of the Truro Conservation Trust, Massachusetts, Chairman of the Truro Conservation Commission, Massachusetts, and the first Director of the Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown, Massachusetts. In 1993, he received the Award for Environmental Excellence from the Center for Coastal Studies. His publications include the textbook, Liver Pathophysiology: Its Relevance to Human Disease (1970), and over 250 scientific papers.
Charles Sprecher Davidson died on 15 March 2000, in Hyannis, Massachusetts, from complications of Parkinson's disease.

Series and Subseries in the Collection

Scope and Content

The Charles Sprecher Davidson papers, 1918-1999 (inclusive), 1941-1990 (bulk), are a product of Davidson's research and personal and professional activities undertaken throughout the period of his service at Harvard Medical School as Professor of Medicine and William Bosworth Castle Professor of Medicine; the Thorndike Memorial Laboratory, Boston City Hospital as Associate Director of the Second and Fourth Medical Services, Associate Director of the Thorndike Memorial Laboratory, and Acting Director of the Harvard Medical Unit; as well as at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as Visiting Professor and Senior Lecturer in the Departments of Nutrition and Food Science and Health Sciences and Technology. The papers are arranged in four series: I. Subject Files (1923-1999, undated); II. Writings and Publications (1918-1979, undated); III. Patient Records (1936-1984, undated); and IV. Professional Activities Files (1949-1993, undated). Series I (Subject Files) and Series II (Writings and Publications) constitute the bulk of the collection.
Series I (Subject Files) consists of: professional correspondence with colleagues concerning Charles Sprecher Davidson's research activities and service in professional organizations, including various committees of the National Institutes of Health; administrative and teaching records generated and compiled by Davidson during his service at Boston City Hospital's Thorndike Memorial Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and letters of recommendation written by Davidson for students and colleagues. Subject Files also include collected publications and newspaper clippings related to Davidson's research interests and photographs and negatives of Davidson and his colleagues.
Series II (Writings and Publications) consists of annotated manuscript drafts and reprints for over 250 of Davidson's scientific papers concerning liver diseases and nutrition, research data, publication correspondence, and assorted publications and newspaper clippings collected by Davidson for use in his research and publishing activities. Series II also includes: patient records and photographs; manuscript drafts and reprints of scientific papers completed under Davidson's direction in the Thorndike Memorial Laboratory Department of Gastroenterology; and an annotated manuscript for Davidson's textbook, Liver Pathophysiology: Its Relevance to Human Disease (1970).
Series III (Patient Records) contains Boston City Hospital patient medical records, charts, and related correspondence with Davidson's patients and colleagues, as maintained with patient photographs and x-rays.
Series IV (Professional Activities Files) consists of: correspondence related to Charles Sprecher Davidson's service in professional organizations and public speaking engagements; professional conference programs; correspondence related to Davidson's applications for professional appointments at various hospitals and universities; collected scientific paper reprints and newspaper clippings concerning the medical issues of various geographic areas, including Africa and Europe; travel brochures; and personal correspondence with friends and colleagues.
Papers are predominantly in English. Occasional correspondence and collected publications are in French and German.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Alcoholism.
Hematology.
Liver cirrhosis.
Liver -- Diseases.
Malnutrition.
Metabolism.
Nutrition.
Alcoholism
Hematology
Liver Cirrhosis
Liver Diseases
Malnutrition
Nutritional Sciences
Africa.
Europe.
Vienna (Austria).
Galley proofs.
Negatives (photographic).
Photographs.
Radiographs.
Slides (photographs).
Sound recordings.
Hematologists
Davidson, Charles S. (Charles Sprecher), 1910-.
Castle, William B. (William Bosworth), 1897-.
Finland, Maxwell.
Minot, George Richards, 1885-1950.
Boston City Hospital. Harvard Medical Unit.
Harvard University--MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.
National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
Thorndike Memorial Laboratory.

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