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.
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.
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.
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.