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Call No.: 00601
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Creator: Harvard School of Public Health
Title: Center for the History of Medicine reference collection on Prince Mahidol
Date(s): 1929, 1960-2016 (inclusive)
Quantity: 0.25 cubic feet (1 half legal size document box and flat file cabinet)
Language of materials: English
The Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, collects and makes available collections in the history of medicine, public health, the biosciences, and health care, including rare books and journals, archives, manuscripts, photographs, prints, art, and artifact collections, both in physical and digital formats.
Mahidol Adulyadej, Prince of Songkla (1891-1929), is regarded as the father of modern medicine and public health of Thailand. He received his certificate of public health in 1921 from the Harvard-MIT School for Health Officers, which was the predecessor of the Harvard School of Public Health, now known as the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He also received his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1928. Prince Mahidol served in the public health sector, and was instrumental in setting up scholarships for students in the fields of medicine, nursing, and public health. His son, Bhumibol Adulyadej (1927-2016) reigned as the King of Thailand from 1946 until his death in 2016. Bhumibol Adulyadej was, at the time of his death, the world's longest-serving head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history. In 1960, he and his wife Sirikit Kitiyakara visited Harvard Medical School to honor the connection between his father, Mahidol Adulyadej, and Harvard University.
This reference collection was compiled by the Center for the History of Medicine and includes photographs and clippings related to the 1960 Harvard Longwood campus visit from King Bhumibol Adulyade, program and event files related to Prince Mahidol, "cap and gown" photographs created in 1970 by Harvard University to assist with the construction of a statue in Thailand dedicated to Prince Mahidol, and a 1929 newspaper clipping related to the death of Prince Mahidol.