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H MS c353

Relman, Arnold S., 1923-. Papers, 1953-2011 (inclusive), 1974-2011 (bulk): Finding Aid.

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The Arnold S. Relman papers were processed with grant funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as awarded in 2012 and administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: H MS c353
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: Relman, Arnold S., 1923-
Title: Arnold S. Relman Papers,
Date(s): 1953-2011 (inclusive),
Date(s): 1974-2011 (bulk).
Quantity: 25.5 cubic feet (25 records center cartons and 1 legal size document box)
Language of materials: Papers are in English.
Abstract: The Arnold S. Relman papers, 1953-2011 (inclusive), 1974-2011 (bulk), are the product of Relman's activities as Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, author and researcher, and chair of the John Mack Inquiry Committee at Harvard Medical School.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

  • Accession number 2011-018. Arnold S. Relman. 2011 February 03.
  • Accession number 2011-024. Arnold S. Relman. 2011 April 07.
  • Processing Information:

    Processed by Bryan Sutherland and Katherine Mika, 2014 January.
    Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the records and created a finding aid to improve access to the collection. To enhance preservation, processing staff re-housed the collection and, where necessary, photocopied documents onto acid-free paper. Duplicate records and records that did not meet the collection policy of the Center for the History of Medicine were discarded. Folder titles were transcribed from the originals.

    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, II, III, IV, V, and VI. Access to personal and patient information is restricted for 80 years from the date of creation. These restrictions appear in Series I, II, III, IV, V, VI, and VII. Researchers may apply for access to restricted records. Consult Public Services for further information.
    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:

    Arnold S. Relman papers, 1953-2011 (inclusive), 1974-2011 (bulk). H MS c353. Harvard Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

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    Biographical Notes

    Chronology of Arnold S. Relman

    Chronology of Arnold S. Relman

    Series and Subseries in the Collection

    Scope and Content

    The Arnold S. Relman papers, 1953-2011 (inclusive), 1974-2011 (bulk), are the product of Relman's activities as Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, author and researcher, and chair of the John Mack Inquiry Committee at Harvard Medical School. The papers include: Relman's professional correspondence, including his correspondence as Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine; research subject files maintained by Relman on topics including conflict of interest, for-profit hospitals, health care reform, medical-industrial complex, and medical ethics; and records from his service on committees at Harvard Medical School and at the Massachusetts Medical Society. The papers also contain Relman's writings, records generated as a product of attending professional meetings and conferences, and a small amount of personal records.
    The Arnold S. Relman papers consist of seven series: I. Professional Correspondence, II. Subject Files, III. Committee Records, IV. Writings, V. Events, VI. Personal Records and VII. Slides.
    Papers are entirely in English.

    Container List

    Additional Index Terms

    The New England journal of medicine--Periodicals.
    Alien abduction.
    Chronic renal failure.
    Conflict of interests.
    Health care reform.
    Hospitals, Proprietary.
    Medical ethics.
    Medical-industrial complex.
    Peer review.
    Acidosis, Lactic
    Conflict of Interest
    Ethics, Medical
    Health Care Reform
    Hospitals, Proprietary
    Kidney Failure, Chronic
    Periodicals as Topic
    Slides (photographs)
    Relman, Arnold S., 1923-
    Mack, John E., 1929-2004.
    Harvard Medical School--Committees.
    Massachusetts Medical Society--Committees.

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