John S. Meyer, MD papers

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MS 148

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Title

John S. Meyer, MD papers

Date(s)

  • 1961-2010 (Creation)

Extent

5.5 cubic feet (6 boxes)

Name of creator

(1924-2011)

Biographical history

John Stirling Meyer was born February 24, 1924, in London, England. He earned a scholarship to the Kent School in Connecticut when he was 16, during World War II, which got him out of London. H earned his BS at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, a Master’s from the Montreal Neurological Institute, and an MD and CM from McGill University. He completed his training at Yale University and later earned additional degrees in neurology and psychiatry, neurophysiology, and neuropathology from Harvard.
Dr. Meyer became a US citizen (in 1952?) when he was needed for the Korean War. He was drafted by the Navy and sent to the Pacific, where he was put in charge of head injuries, first on hospital ships and then at the US-commandeered Yokosuka Hospital in Japan.
He returned to Harvard for a few years and then in 1957, when he was only 33, he became a founding professor and chairman of neurology at Wayne State University School of Medicine. At the time, he was the youngest person ever to hold the position as chair and professor of a medical department in the United States.
Dr. Meyer worked on the President’s Commission on Heart Disease, Cancer, and Stroke under both Kennedy and Johnson, and came to Houston to Baylor College of Medicine after catching the attention of Michael DeBakey. Dr. Meyer wrote or edited 30 textbooks and 930 articles. He retired from Baylor as a professor emeritus but was still working at United Neurology when he died on February 17, 2011. He is buried at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church Cemetery in Houston.

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Scope and content

This collection was donated by John S. Meyers, MD. from Houston, Texas. The collection consists or reprints of published articles from 1961-2010 by John S. Meyers, MD. Curriculum Vitae and Bibliography of Dr. Meyers are available in the control folder.

Subjects: neurology

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This collection is open for research.

Physical access

Materials are in good condition.

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Copyright restrictions may apply.

Languages of the material

  • English

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Finding aids

None. Curriculum Vitae and Bibliography of Dr. Meyers are available in the control folder.

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Custodial history

Immediate source of acquisition

Feb. 10, 2011 after the death of John S. Meyer, MD.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Collection arrived at the archive in 42 boxes filled with reprints. Two reprints were kept of each publication. The rest were discarded.

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No accruals are expected for this collection.

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  • Citation: John S. Meyer, MD papers; MS 148; 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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