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H MS c514

Heffron, Roderick, 1901-. Papers, 1881-1977 (inclusive), 1923-1949 (bulk): Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: H MS c514
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: Heffron, Roderick, 1901-
Title: Roderick Heffron papers
Date(s): 1881-1977 (inclusive)
Date(s): 1923-1949 (bulk)
Quantity: 1 cubic feet (1 records center cartons)
Language of materials: Papers are in English.
Abstract: The collection consists of records reflecting the work of Roderick Heffron in researching and writing on pneumonia and the treatment of pneumonia with serum therapy, particularly within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Roderick Heffron papers were gifted to the Center for the History of Medicine by Roderick Heffron in 1976 (Accession #2017-173).

Processing Information:

Processed by Hanna Clutterbuck-Cook, 2017 April.
Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the papers, and created a finding aid to improve access. Folder titles were transcribed from original folders which were then discarded. Titles were supplied for unfoldered materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open for research.
Access requires advance notice. Contact Public Services for further information.

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:

Roderick Heffron, 1901- Papers, 1881-1977 (inclusive), 1923-1949 (bulk). H MS c514. Harvard Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.

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Biographical Note

Roderick Heffron (1901-1982), M.D., 1928, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts was a medical researcher and physician specializing in pneumonia.
Heffron was in born in Chicago, Illinois in 1901 and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1928. Between 1931 and 1935, Heffron was field director of the Massachusetts Pneumonia Study and Service and, in 1936, he and Frederick T. Lord (1875-1941) co-authored Lobar Pneumonia and Serum Therapy based on the research of the Service. Heffron took a position at the Commonwealth Fund in 1937 and served on the Pneumonia Committee of the United States Public Health Service in 1939. He retired from the Commonwealth Fund in 1966.
Heffron married Catherine Haman and died in Falmouth, Massachusetts, in 1983 at the age of 82.


Folders are arranged alphebetically by title; books are grouped separately and are listed at the end of the collection inventory.

Scope and Content

Consists of records reflecting the work of Roderick Heffron in researching and writing on pneumonia, particularly Heffron's work on and the critical reception of the books published from the data gatherd during the Massachusetts Pneumonia Study on pneumonia and serum treatment. Included here are clippings of book reviews, correspondence with co-authors and other pneumonological specialists particularly George N. Papanicolaou (1883-1962), a Greek specialist in cytopathology, and collected reprints of research materials. The collection includes a small number of books collected by Heffron, many with annotations, marginalia, and insertions including newspaper and magazine clippings.

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Additional Index Terms

Medicine –- Research
Heffron, Roderick, 1901-
Klüver, Heinrich, 1897-1979
Papanicolaou, George N., 1883-1962
Commonwealth Fund