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Staff Finds: Hertig, the Pathology Lab, and the Warren Museum

By , January 2, 2018

While processing the Arthur Tremain Hertig papers, Center staff discovered images of Hertig instructing Harvard Medical School students in the Pathology laboratory. Included are two images (first two below) that show Hertig using Warren Anatomical Museum specimens as part of the instruction, as the Pathology Department utilized the collection for teaching purposes. The Warren Anatomical Museum was established at Harvard Medical School in 1847 through a gift from John Collins Warren (1778-1856), and from the time of its founding until the late 1960s, the museum served a significant role as a resource for the teaching of medicine.

Arthur Hertig (1904-1990) was a pathologist, human embryo researcher, and professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School. He joined the Department of Pathology in 1931, was promoted to Professor of Pathology in 1948, and in 1952 was named Shattuck Professor of Pathological Anatomy and Chairman of the Department of Pathology. As chairman, teaching was a priority for Hertig:

His own lectures were clear and laced with a sense of humor … His regard for his students was manifested by his practice of having every one of them attend a tea in small groups in his office, although this consumed a great deal of time. The students awarded him two prizes for excellence in teaching and made him an honorary member of one of the graduating classes.

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

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

Cyrus H. Fiske Papers Open to Research

By , August 14, 2012
"Phosphocreatine", by Cyrus Hartwell Fiske and Yellapragada Subbarow, 1929.

"Phosphocreatine", by Cyrus H. Fiske and Yellapragada Subbarow, 1929, H MS c387. From the Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.

The Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to announce the opening of the Cyrus H. Fiske papers, 1908-1971.

View the online finding aid for the Cyrus H. Fiske papers.

Fiske (1890-1978) was Professor of Biological Chemistry Emeritus at Harvard Medical School and Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Western Reserve University Medical School in Cleveland, Ohio.  Fiske’s research focused on determining the chemical composition of living tissues, including blood, the liver, the spleen, and the pancreas.  With Yellapragada Subbarow (1895-1948), he is credited with developing the colorimetric method for the estimation of phosphorus in solutions in 1925, and with discovering, isolating, and describing two chemical compounds involved in muscle metabolism: phosphocreatine in 1927 and adenosine triphosphate in 1929.

Fiske’s papers are the product of his research and professional activities throughout his tenure at Harvard Medical School as Assistant in Biological Chemistry, Assistant Professor of Biological Chemistry, and Professor of Biological Chemistry; and at Western Reserve University Medical School as Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Assistant Professor of Biochemistry.

The bulk of the papers consist of:

  • research notes and related correspondence concerning various areas of biological chemistry, notably adenosine triphosphate, liver, pernicious anemia, and phosphocreatine;
  • correspondence regarding Fiske’s involvement in professional societies; indices to scientific papers relevant to Fiske’s work;
  • lectures and examination questions prepared by Fiske for his teaching appointments at Harvard Medical School and student work; and
  • personal correspondence with friends and colleagues.

Papers also include:

  • collected publications and newspaper clippings concerning Fiske’s research topics, general scientific and technological developments, and advertisements for laboratory equipment and supplies;
  • reprints of Fiske’s scientific papers;
  • collected audio recordings of three scientific talks; and
  • a research notebook recorded in 1926 by Fiske’s research partner, Yellapragada Subbarow.

Processing of the collection was supported by the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine’s Charles S. Minot Fund for Hematology.  The finding aid is available online.

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