Posts tagged: pathology

Hermann Lisco papers are open for research

By , December 18, 2017

The Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to announce the opening of the Hermann Lisco Papers, 1899-2000 (inclusive), 1940-1974 (bulk) to research. Joseph Giese, a Center intern who completed his studies at the Simmons College School of Library and Information Sciences in December, processed this collection and wrote this post with the supervision of Betts Coup.

Herman Lisco (1910-2000), M.D., 1936, University of Berlin, was a German-born pathologist who first worked as an assistant at the University of Berlin at the Charite-Krankenhaus briefly the year he graduated, before departing Germany due to its political climate for the United State – he was married to a Jewish woman. After immigrating, he began working as an assistant and instructor at Johns Hopkins University Medical School and Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, where he remained for four years.  In 1940, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to work at Harvard Medical School, and served as an instructor of pathology there for another four years. At that time, he was recruited by the Biology and Health Division of the University of Chicago Metallurgical Laboratory, Manhattan District of the U.S. Army, also known as the Manhattan Project, where he became the first doctor to perform an autopsy on an individual who had died of acute radiation poisoning.  In 1947, he went to work for the Argonne National Laboratory until 1957.  In 1967, he returned to work at Harvard Medical School as a professor, and worked as an Associate Dean (1969), Associate Professor of Anatomy (1970-1977), Deputy Chairman of Medical Sciences (1977-1982). He formally retired in 1981 as an Associate Professor of Anatomy.

Lisco’s research focused on the carcinogenic effects of plutonium and the radiotoxicity of other elements and chemicals on humans and lab animals, as well as radiation’s effects on the formation of tumors and lymphoma.  He wrote often on the “acute radiation syndrome” provoked in organisms by excessive exposure to radiation, and much of his research focused on cancer, and the side effects of radiation therapy on patients being treated for cancer.  He conducted a number of trips to Europe that dealt with studying the incidence of leukemia in women treated with radiotherapy for cervical cancer.  Much of his work was devoted to the study of the pathological effects of atomic radiation, and the importance of radiological protection and importance of medical supervision in radiation work.

The collection reflects Lisco’s professional, research, and publishing activities, but also his personal activities and interests.  Contained within are research records, selected reprints, notes, medical images, speeches, and programs from meetings of organizations of which he was There is also correspondence of a more personal nature, including letters concerning conscientious objector status, letters to specialist physicians and former students who were not particularly connected to research Lisco was undertaking, newspaper updates on the political situation in Germany 1989-1990, information about his inner life, photographs of Lisco himself and a number of people with whom he had interacted over the course of his career, and scrapbooks with grade reports from his life in Germany between the years of 1918 to 1936, dating back to as early as when he was eight years old.

The finding aid can be found at:

For information regarding access to this collection, please contact the  Public Services staff.

Arthur Hertig Papers Open to Research

By , March 10, 2017
Arthur Hertig

Arthur Hertig

The Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to announce the reopening of the Arthur Tremain Hertig papers, 1922-1987. Hertig (1904-1990) was a pathologist, human embryo researcher, and professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School. Hertig collaborated with John Rock to conduct studies of early human embryos, research which enabled later advances in the birth control pill and in vitro fertilization. Hertig was also Shattuck Professor of Pathological Anatomy and Chairman of the Department of Pathology at Harvard Medical School. After stepping down as Chairman in 1968, Hertig moved to the New England Regional Primate Research Center in the Division of Pathobiology.


Arthur Hertig

The papers are the product of Hertig’s activities as a pathologist, embryology researcher, author, and Harvard Medical School faculty member. The papers contain: Hertig’s professional correspondence and research records, including those records related to his human embryo research with John Rock; Harvard Medical School records; records from professional meetings and conferences; notes and illustrations from his time as a student at the University of Minnesota, along with photographs and other personal records.

The finding aid for the Hertig papers can be found here.

For information regarding access to this collection, please contact the Public Services staff.


Collection in Process: Lynne M. Reid Papers

By , October 21, 2011

First page of "Tutoring Excellence" newsletter from 1991.

Center for the History of Medicine staff are finalizing the processing of the papers of Lynne M. Reid (1923-), S. Burt Wolbach Professor of Pathology, Emeritus, and formerly head of the department of pathology at Children’s Hospital (1975-1989). Reid was a specialist in the field of thoracic medicine, focusing for most of her career on development and diseases of the lungs, including pulmonary hypertension, bronchiectasis, primary pulmonary hypertension, and respiratory distress syndrome. Her papers reflect her work as a research scientist and collaborator with researchers around the world.

The papers also reflect Reid’s involvement with the development of the medical education program at Harvard. During the 1980s and 1990s, she assisted in the development and inauguration of the “New Pathways in General Medical Education” program at Harvard Medical School. “New Pathways” was designed to restructure the first two years of medical school education, shifting from large lecture-hall style classes based around the rote memorization of facts, to case study-based learning that gave students an opportunity to engage in smaller groups with expert tutors. The program was designed to allow students to ask questions, learn from each other, and learn medicine as a system that involved human beings living in a social network, not isolated cases of disease in a hospital ward.

Reid helped to design tutoring sessions and educate other medical school faculty in the tenets of the program. She also assisted with the evaluation of aspects of the program; reflected in her papers is work done on the tutoring sessions which became a valuable portion of the “New Pathways” approach. Students and expert tutors met together in small group sessions designed to alleviate the pressures of the lecture hall-style classes.

Center staff anticipate finalizing and making available the Reid papers for research by the end of 2011.

E. Tessa Hedley-Whyte Papers Now Open for Research

By , May 18, 2011

Tessa Hedley-Whyte with HMS Dean Robert Ebert, circa 1977

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The Archives for Women in Medicine is pleased to announce that the personal and professional papers of E. Tessa Hedley-Whyte, M.D. are now open for research. Dr. Hedley-Whyte  is an anatomic pathologist, neuropathologist, Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, and researcher for organizations such as the Alzheimer Disease Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Hedley-Whyte specializes in anatomic pathology and neuropathology with research and clinical interests in brain tumors, pituitary tumors, neurodegenerative disorders and immunohistochemistry, including the neuropathological diagnosis of Alzheimer disease, correlates in the temporal cortex in dementia with Lewy bodies, and the clinical interpretation of pathologic procedures specific to pituary adenoma biopsies. Hedley-Whyte has served as Principal Investigator and Co-investigator of the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Neuropathology Core.

Hedley-Whyte’s papers are the product of her teaching activities and research and clinical interests in brain tumors, pituitary tumors, neurodegenerative disorders, and immunohistochemistry, and include lectures and writings, professional correspondence and records, research records, and personal and biographical materials.

For more information about Dr. Hedley-Whyte, the collection, and how to access the materials, please view the collection finding aid.

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