Charles Gordon Heyd papers
These papers document the career of an alumnus of the University of Buffalo Medical School (1909) who was deeply involved in the politics of medicine throughout his notable career.
Reorganization of the New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital was an early concern. A group of letters covering the period 1915-1944 show Dr. Heyd's relationship with the famous surgeon, Dr. John F. Erdman. Stratification of hospital staff forms one facet of this relationship, also revealed in correspondence with other colleagues.
Dr. Heyd helped to create a favorable image of the medical profession through his numerous speaking engagements and radio broadcasts. Representative titles include: "Fight Cancer with Knowledge," "Your Doctor and Your Health" and "The Contributions of Organized Medicine to the Public." He was a vigorous leader, as President of the American Medical Association 1936-1937, in keeping medicine within the free enterprise system. From 1945 on he was active in the United Medical Service, forerunner of the Blue Shield Plan.
This Collection contains materials on the involvement of the American Medical Association in an anti-trust suit, the availability of records to patients, medical ethics and certification, malpractice, and workmen's compensation.
Dr. Heyd headed a "Doctors for Dulles" committee during John Foster Dulles' 1949 senatorial campaign; he received a letter from Thomas E. Dewey in 1942 thanking him for his support; a signed letter from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dated February 3, 1937 declining an invitation to speak before the American Medical Association, but indicating Franklin Delano Roosevelt's concern with those citizens who lacked medical care.
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5.5 Linear Feet (10 manuscript boxes)
The arrangement is roughly chronological by type of document: correspondence, speeches, writings, programs and clippings. An occasional official document or clipping has been retained with the accompanying letter in the correspondence series.
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- American Medical Association
- American Medical Association -- Presidents
- Columbia University. College of Physicians and Surgeons -- Faculty
- Columbia University. School of Medicine and Hospital -- Faculty
- Costain, Thomas Bertram -- Correspondence
- Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund) -- Correspondence
- Erdmann, John F. (John Frederick) -- Correspondence
- Heyd, Charles Gordon -- Archives
- Heyd, Charles Gordon -- Correspondence
- Heyd, Charles Gordon -- Miscellanea
- La Guardia, Fiorello H. (Fiorello Henry) -- Correspondence
- Lehman, Herbert H. (Herbert Henry) -- Correspondence
- Medical colleges -- New York (State) -- New York
- Medical education -- New York (State) -- New York
- Medical education -- United States -- History
- Medical ethics -- United States -- History
- Medical teaching personnel -- New York (State) -- Buffalo
- Medicine -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- New York
- Physicians -- New York (State) -- New York -- Archives
- Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano) -- Correspondence
- Speeches (documents)
- State University of New York at Buffalo -- Archives
- American Medical Association (Contributor, Organization)
- Costain, Thomas Bertram (Contributor, Person)
- Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund) (Contributor, Person)
- Erdmann, John F. (John Frederick) (Contributor, Person)
- Heyd, Charles Gordon (Contributor, Person)
- La Guardia, Fiorello H. (Fiorello Henry) (Contributor, Person)
- Lehman, Herbert H. (Herbert Henry) (Contributor, Person)
- Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano) (Contributor, Person)
- University Archives (Repository, Organization)
- University of Buffalo. School of Medicine (Contributor, Organization)
- Finding Aid for the Charles Gordon Heyd papers
- Finding aid prepared by Archives Staff.
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