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COLLECTION Identifier: H MS c383

James Harriman Jandl papers

Overview

The James Harriman Jandl papers, 1922-1993 (inclusive), 1940-1993 (bulk), are a product of Jandl’s publishing, research, and professional activities, as conducted throughout his professional appointments, including Research Fellow, Research Associate, Assistant Physician, Associate Physician, and Director, Thorndike Memorial Laboratory, Boston City Hospital, Massachusetts, and Research Fellow in Medicine, Instructor in Medicine, Associate in Medicine, Professor of Medicine, George Richards Minot Professor of Medicine, and George Richards Minot Professor of Medicine Emeritus at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Dates

  • 1922-1993 (inclusive),
  • Majority of material found within 1940-1993 .

Creator

Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Access requires advance notice. Access to personal and patient information is restricted for 80 years from the date of creation. These restrictions appear in Series II. Researchers may apply for access to restricted records. Consult Public Services for further information.

The Papers are stored offsite. Researchers are advised to contact Public Services for more information concerning retrieval of material.

Conditions Governing Use

The Harvard Medical Library does not hold copyright on all materials in the collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting any third-party copyright holders for permission to reproduce or publish. For more information on the Center's use, publication, and reproduction policies, view our Reproductions and Use Policy.

Extent

4 cubic feet (in 3 records center cartons, 1 letter size document box, 1 half legal size document box, and 2 oversize boxes)
The James Harriman Jandl papers, 1922-1993 (inclusive), 1940-1993 (bulk), are a product of Jandl’s publishing, research, and professional activities, as conducted throughout his professional appointments, including Research Fellow, Research Associate, Assistant Physician, Associate Physician, and Director, Thorndike Memorial Laboratory, Boston City Hospital, Massachusetts, and Research Fellow in Medicine, Instructor in Medicine, Associate in Medicine, Professor of Medicine, George Richards Minot Professor of Medicine, and George Richards Minot Professor of Medicine Emeritus at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. The papers are arranged in two series: I. Writings and Publications (1953-1983, undated) and II. Resource Files (1922-1993, undated).

Series I (Writings and Publications) constitutes half of the collection and consists of annotated manuscript drafts, galley proofs , and related publication correspondence for James Harriman Jandl’s contributions to various scientific publications related to hematology. Writings concern various aspects of hematology and hematologic diseases, including: acanthocytosis; hemolytic and megaloblastic anemias; hereditary elliptocytosis; hereditary spherocytosis; polycythemia; erythrocyte destruction; and the mononuclear phagocyte system. Series I also includes: one unbound and two bound sets of Jandl’s collected scientific paper reprints (1953-1981); an unbound set of abstracts for Jandl’s publications, (1954-1972); a bound copy of Symposium on the Mechanisms of Disorders of Erythropoiesis, Honoring William B. Castle, M.D. (1964) edited by Maxwell Finland and James Harriman Jandl; and undated annotated reprints of chapters written by William B. Castle for William A. Sodeman’s Pathologic Physiology. Series II (Resource Files) contains records generated and collected by Jandl for his medical practice, research, and teaching activities, including: patient records and charts; research notes and graphs; Harvard Medical School course curricula and teaching policies; case studies and collected reprints used for teaching purposes; two undated magnetic tape reels containing scientific talks related to hematology given by Mason Guest (1906-1991), D. Rogers, and J. Hirsch; two undated audiotapes containing an interview with William B. Castle, conducted by David G. Nathan (born 1930); and thirty glass slides related to anemia (graphs, tables, x-rays, and specimen images). Series II also includes a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings concerning Boston City Hospital news and various social events (1948-1957).

Materials are entirely in English.

Biographical Notes

James Harriman Jandl (1925-2006), B.S., 1945, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; M.D., 1949, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, was George Richards Minot Professor of Medicine Emeritus at Harvard Medical School, Senior Physician at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, and Senior Consultant in Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. Jandl’s research focused on various aspects of hematology, including red blood cell abnormalities and development, hemolytic anemia, blood platelet transfusion, liver disease, and iron transfer between blood proteins and cells. He is credited with discovering the mechanism by which reticuloendothelial cells destroy gamma globulin antibody-coated red blood cells.

James Harriman Jandl was born in Racine, Wisconsin, in 1925, to Charles O. Jandl (born 1891) and Sue W. Jandl (born 1890). He received his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in 1945 and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1949. Between 1949 and 1950, he completed his internship and residency with the Harvard Medical Services at the Boston City Hospital. Jandl then served two years as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Medical Corps (1950-1952). In 1952, he was appointed Research Fellow at the Boston City Hospital’s Thorndike Memorial Laboratory, Massachusetts, and Research Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His subsequent appointments at the Thorndike Memorial Laboratory include: Research Associate (1955-1959); Assistant Physician (1959-1963); Associate Physician (1963-1968); and Director of the Thorndike Memorial Laboratory and Harvard Medical Unit (1968-1970). His subsequent appointments at Harvard Medical School include: Instructor in Medicine (1955-1957); Associate in Medicine (1964-1968); Professor of Medicine (1968-1999); George Richards Minot Professor of Medicine (1968-1999); and the George Richards Minot Professor of Medicine Emeritus (1999-2006). Jandl also served as: Assisting Physician (1961-1968), Associate Visiting Physician (1968-1969), and Visiting Physician (1969-1975) at the Boston City Hospital’s Harvard Medical Services; Visiting Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts (1973-1974); Senior Physician at Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (appointed in 1975), and Senior Consultant in Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts (appointed in 1986).

Jandl’s research focused on hematological disorders and their treatments, including blood platelet transfusions, red blood cell abnormalities, the iron transferrin cycle, anemia, and liver disease. He is credited with discovering the mechanism by which reticuloendothelial cells destroy gamma globulin antibody-coated red blood cells, and developing a theory of the iron transferrin cycle, through which iron is transported to the red blood cells. With Richard H. Aster, he is also credited with developing improved blood platelet transfusion methods. Jandl was a Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Fellow (1954-1959) and a Francis Weld Peabody Fellow in Medicine (1961-1963). Additional awards and honors include the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Distinguished Lecturer Award (1971); the Association of American Publishers Book of the Year Award (1987); and First Place in the American Medical Writers Association, Physicians Category Medical Books Award (1988). Jandl served as a member of the American Clinical and Climatological Association, the American Federation for Clinical Research, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Society of Hematology, the Association of American Physicians, the Inter-Urban Clinical Club, and the Massachusetts Medical Society. Jandl published three hematology textbooks: Blood: Atlas Sourcebook of Hematology with Carola Kapff (1981); Blood: A Textbook of Hematology (1987); and Blood: Pathophysiology (1991), among over seventy five scientific papers and chapters for various medical publications.

James Harriman Jandl married Patricia Jones. They were later divorced, and in 1974 he married Nancy Perrin. He had two sons, Robert Jandl and Ted Jandl, and three daughters, Christine Lavers, Beanie Marvel, and Susan Queen. Jandl died on 17 July 2006, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Series and Subseries in the Collection

  1. I. Writings and Publications, 1953-1983, undated
  2. II. Resource Files, 1922-1993, undated
  3. ___ A. Research Resource Files, 1922-1967, undated
  4. ___ B. Teaching Resource Files, 1929-1993, undated
  5. ___ C. Non-Textual Resource Files, 1948-1959, undated

Related Collections in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Center for the History of Medicine

  1. Papers of William B. Castle. H MS c174.

Separations

Wet mount microscope slides were transferred to the Warren Anatomical Museum, May 2012.

Books that came with the collection and constittue part of Jandl's professional library were transferred to the Center's Rare Books Collection to be catalogued, May 2012. A complete list of the books is available in the Center's control file for the collection.

Resources on James Harriman Jandl.

  • Bunn, Howard F. Castle and Jandl: Pioneers of Experimental Hematology. The Hematologist. 4.5. Washington, DC: American Society of Hematology, 2007.
  • Bunn, Howard F, Ronald A. Arky, Franklin H. Epstein, David G. Nathan. James H. Jandl: Faculty of Medicine - Memorial Minute. Harvard University Gazette, 103. Cambridge: Harvard University, 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by Amber LaFountain, 2012 May.

Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the papers, and created a finding aid to improve access. Items were rehoused, and, where necessary, photocopied to acid-free paper. Folder titles were transcribed from the originals when available; titles supplied by the processing staff appear in brackets only on the physical folders. Duplicate reprints already in the collection were discarded.
Link to catalog
Title
Jandl, James H., 1925-2006. Papers, 1922-1993 (inclusive), 1940-1993 (bulk): Finding Aid.
Author
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Center for the History of Medicine.
Sponsor
Processing of James Harriman Jandl papers was funded by the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine's Charles S. Minot Fund for Hematology.
EAD ID
med00161

Repository Details

Part of the Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine) Repository

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