John Baum MD papers

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MS 124

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John Baum MD papers


  • 1974-1984 (Creation)


0.5 cubic feet (1 box)

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Biographical history

John Baum was born June 2, 1927, in New York City and earned his Bachelor’s degree from New York University in 1949. He earned his MD from NYU College of Medicine in 1954, followed it with internships in New York and Baltimore, and finally with a research fellowship in rheumatism at London University in England. Baum was the director of the Arthritis Clinic at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, and also taught at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School between 1959 and 1968, when he returned to New York to the University of Rochester School of Medicine. In 1970 he became director of the Pediatric Arthritis Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital and stayed there until his retirement in 2008, except for a teaching stint at the University of Birmingham in England from 1987 to 1989. Dr. Baum died May 4, 2009, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

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Scope and content

The collection consists of two boxes. The bulk of the material in the collection is related to the U.S.-U.S.S.R. collaborative study on the effectiveness of d-Penicillamine in treating juvenile arthritis. Box I contains correspondence among Dr. Baum and other doctors, dating from 1974 through 1984 and organized chronologically by year. Box II contains other materials related to the d-Penicillamine study, including accounting reports, sample patient evaluation forms, travel information and itineraries, drafts of the project proposal, and progress reports.

Subjects: Rheumatology with E. Brewer

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No access restrictions. Open for research.

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Materials are in good condition.

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Copyright restrictions may apply.

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  • English

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Source is unknown. Assumed to be the creator.

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No accruals are expected for this collection.

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  • Citation: John Baum MD papers; MS 124; 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.

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Archivist's note

Collection guide (incomplete) compiled by Alethea Drexler, April 2007.

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