Maurice J. Meynier, MD papers

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MS 041

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Maurice J. Meynier, MD papers


  • 1904-1989 (Creation)


9.5 cubic feet (17 boxes)

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Biographical history

Maurice J. Meynier, Jr., was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Oct. 16, 1904. His family moved to Houston when he was twelve, and following his graduation from Houston High School in 1920, he enrolled in what was then the Rice Institute, from which he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1927. He attended medical school at the University of Texas at Galveston, completing a senior externship at St. Mary's Hospital there and receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree In 1931. Dr. Meynier then served a two-year internship/residency at the Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, continuing his training as a resident in gynecology-obstetrics at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, from 1933 to 1934. Returning to Houston, he established a practice in obstetrics and gynecology, leaving to serve in the Army Air Force Medical Corps from December 1942 until February 1946. He resumed his practice in Houston at that time, continuing until his retirement in 1977.

Dr. Meynier's concern with community issues was evident throughout his career. In the late 1930's, he advocated reform of the ambulance system in Houston. In December 1940, while serving as chairman of the Health Council of the Community Chest's Council of Social Agencies, he participated in Houston's first annual Public Health Institute. He stressed the need for a non-politically controlled planning committee for coordinating public health programs, including pre-natal and venereal disease clinics. He was later active in a campaign to institute the city manager form of government which he felt would permit needed expansion of the city health department's services.

In the mid-1950's, controversy arose over the proposed location of additional hospital facilities for the indigent. Dr. Meynier, as a member of the Hospital Committee of the Harris County Medical Society, recommended adding beds to the existing facilities at Jefferson Davis Hospital, rather than building a new hospital in the Medical Center. The opposing plan was adopted, however, resulting in the construction of Ben Taub Hospital.

Dr. Meynier was strongly opposed to liberalization of state laws governing abortion. He served from 1968 to 1970 on the Texas Medical Association's Committee on Abortion, during which time he vigorously opposed endorsement by the Association of such liberalization. He continued his efforts through the Houston Right-to-Life group, in which he served as a vice-president.

Dr. Meynier served as clinical associate professor in obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas in Houston. His research and publishing included work in intrathecal injection of alcohol for intractable pain of the pelvis; cervicitis and infertility; vitamin A deficiency in fetal deformity; use of antibiotics in patients with poor obstetrical histories; and simple removal of cerclage suture for incompetent cervix. His patents and original designs included those for an intra-vaginal tampon, a breast pump, vaginal pessary, cervical biopsy and coning instrument, and life preserver.

Dr. Meynier's professional associations are numerous. He served as president respectively of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in I960, the Houston Gynecological and Obstetrical Society in 1964, and the Harris County Medical Society in 1969. He was a Diplomate the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a Fellow In the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and a Fellow In the American College of Surgeons. He served as chief of the obstetrics service and as president of the medical staff at St. Joseph's Hospital and was a consultant on the staffs of Methodist and Hermann Hospitals.

Dr. Meynier died March 24, 1997. His obituary was in the Houston Chronicle Mar. 26, 1997, p. 28A.

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The Maurice J. Meynier, MD papers contains information about Dr. Meynier childhood, education and participation in World War II. Material includes correspondence, reprints, some handwritten manuscripts, certificates and diplomas, newspaper and magazine articles, brochures, glass slides, photographs and photographic slides. Copies of his patents The primary bulk of the collection deals with his professional career as a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology; his membership and positions in several medical organizations; his publications; and his work in public health, healthcare facilities in Houston, Texas and opposition to abortion.

System of arrangement

Arrangement Series I-Early Years and Education Series II-Professional Career Series III-Harris County Medical Society Series IV-Publications and Research Materials Series V-Patents Series VI-Patient Records (Discarded) Series VII- Plaques, Certificates, Ephemera, and Oversize

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The records are in.

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The collection was given by Dr. Meynier in 1984, with additions in 1986 and 1989.

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Some photographs were withdrawn from the collection and transferred to the Photograph Collection. A box of medical instruments was located to the Garment Artifact Framed (GAF) section.

Some glass lantern slides used for teaching were discarded due to their poor and unusable condition, i.e. they were broken or stuck together due to the tape originally used.

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  • Citation: Maurice J. Meynier, Jr., MD papers; MS 041; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. Please cite the box and folder numbers where appropriate.
  • Processing information: The original donation in 1984 was maintained largely as it was presented by Dr. Meynier, with folder headings remaining as received. Some duplicate material was discarded, namely reprints of articles. Samples of cellulose material were discarded due to deterioration, as noted in the Inventory of Series V. Harris County Medical Society bulletins and a Baylor College of Medicine catalog were removed to the Medical Society and Baylor collections, respectively. Several photographs were removed to the Photograph Collection.
  • Processing information: Some material in the donation in 1986 was added to respective Series and the additions are indicated in the Guide. Material in the donation in 1989 were added to the Series VII. Glass box of medical instruments was located to the Garment Artifact Framed (GAF) section, GAF-0141.
  • Processing information: Certificates and diplomas were removed from frames when possible; newspaper and other acid papers were photocopied on acid-free paper; papers were interleaved with acid-free paper and refoldered; other objects were wrapped in acid-free materials.

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Archivist's note

Joan R. Ferry created original finding aid in April 1986.

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Revised in 1986 and 1989.

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Encoded by M.J. Figard in March 2008.

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Revised by Sandra Yates in June 2016.

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