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Correspondence, 1893-1961

 Series
Identifier: Series I
Letters from the following well-known persons, usually one each, may be found in the folder with the given date: Alvarez, Walter, M.D., editor of the American Journal of Digestive Diseases, 1942; Costain, Thomas B., novelist; de Kruif, Paul, 1944; Dewey, Thomas E., 1948; Fishbein, Morris, M.D., editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, 1930s; La Guardia, Fiorello, 1931, 1932; Lehman, Herbert, Governor of New York, 1933; Mead, James M., United States Senator, 1946; Roosevelt, Franklin Delano, 1937; Two chancellors of the University at Buffalo: T.R. McConnell and Clifford C. Furnas. Correspondence folder 1954-1961.
Folder 1, 1893-1919, consists of letters from Dr. Heyd to his mother, touching upon the Great War. Folder 2, 1911-1916, begins with a report entitled, "Transactions of the Surgical Committee of the New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital for the Year 1911;" for the next decade letters generally pertain to the quality of graduate education, the reorganization of the hospital and particular problems, such as a list of instruments needed in the operating room, about which Heyd wrote to his superiors.
Structural and financial affairs of the Medical Society of the County of New York and the State Medical Society, including the administration of the Workmen's Compensation Law, occupied Dr. Heyd sporadically over a period of many years. A comprehensive record of his concerns while president of the American Medical Association in 1936-1937 exists in the form of correspondence with Olin West, then Secretary of the American Medical Association. For example, the operation of a medical defense plan (concerning malpractice suits) was stated to be unauthorized practice of law by the Ohio State Bar Association.
Many doctors from around the country wrote to Dr. Heyd, reacting to his published statements on problems facing the medical profession; various factions are revealed. Historical events impinge upon the individual: "You have been selected to give First Aid lectures to the Sector Air Wardens..." August 19, 1941. He was asked to be a spokesman for medicine on a National Advisory Council, of which Mr. Herbert Hoover was chairman, and Ex-Governor Alfred E. Smith a member: "The purpose of this advisory body is to co-ordinate and unify all existing efforts to extend prepaid medical care to the masses and concentrate the whole movement to stem the tide toward State Medicine."

Dates

  • 1893-1961

Terms of Access

Charles Gordon Heyd papers, 1893-1961, are open for research.

Extent

From the Collection: 5.5 Linear Feet (10 manuscript boxes)

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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