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COLLECTION Identifier: H MS c353

Arnold S. Relman papers

Overview

The Arnold S. Relman papers, 1953-2011 (inclusive), 1974-2011 (bulk), are the product of Relman’s activities as Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, author and researcher, and chair of the John Mack Inquiry Committee at Harvard Medical School.

Dates

  • 1953-2011 (inclusive),
  • Majority of material found within 1974-2011 .

Creator

Language of Materials

Papers are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Access requires advance notice. Access to Harvard University records is restricted for 50 years from the date of creation. These restrictions are noted where they appear in Series I, II, III, IV, V, and VI. Access to personal and patient information is restricted for 80 years from the date of creation. These restrictions appear in Series I, II, III, IV, V, VI, and VII. Researchers may apply for access to restricted records. Consult Public Services for further information.

The Papers are stored offsite. Researchers are advised to consult Public Services for further 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

25.5 cubic feet (25 records center cartons and 1 legal size document box)
The Arnold S. Relman papers, 1953-2011 (inclusive), 1974-2011 (bulk), are the product of Relman’s activities as Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, author and researcher, and chair of the John Mack Inquiry Committee at Harvard Medical School. The papers include: Relman’s professional correspondence, including his correspondence as Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine; research subject files maintained by Relman on topics including conflict of interest, for-profit hospitals, health care reform, medical-industrial complex, and medical ethics; and records from his service on committees at Harvard Medical School and at the Massachusetts Medical Society. The papers also contain Relman’s writings, records generated as a product of attending professional meetings and conferences, and a small amount of personal records.

The Arnold S. Relman papers consist of seven series: I. Professional Correspondence, II. Subject Files, III. Committee Records, IV. Writings, V. Events, VI. Personal Records and VII. Slides.

Papers are entirely in English.

Biographical Notes

Chronology of Arnold S. Relman
1943
A.B., 1943, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
1946
M.D., 1946, Columbia University, New York, New York
1946-1949
Intern, Assistant Resident, Associate Resident in Medicine, New Haven Hospital
1950-1967
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Medicine, Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
1962-1967
Editor, Journal of Clinical Investigation
1964-1965
Research Associate in Biological Chemistry, Harvard Medical School
1967-1968
Conrad Wesselhoeft Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
1968-1977
Frank Wister Thomas Professor of Medicine, and Chairman, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
1968-1969
President, American Society for Clinical Investigation
1975-1976
Visiting Scientist, Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford; Visiting Member, Merton College, University of Oxford
1977-1991
Editor/Editor-in-Chief, New England Journal of Medicine
1977-1991
Professor of Medicine (Part-Time), Harvard Medical School
1991-1993
Professor of Medicine and of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
2003
Winner, with Marcia Angell, George Polk Award in Journalism

Series and Subseries in the Collection

  1. I. Professional Correspondence 1957, 1974-2010
  2. ___ A. Alphabetical Correspondence, 1977-2010
  3. ___ B. Alphabetical Correspondence, 1957, 1979-2010
  4. ___ C. New England Journal of Medicine Correspondence, 1974-1987
  5. II. Subject Files, 1949-2011, undated
  6. III. Committee Records, 1992-2000
  7. ___A. Harvard Medical School, 1992-2000
  8. ______ 1. John Mack Inquiry Committee, 1992-2000
  9. ______ 2. Human Studies Committee, 1994-1995
  10. ___ B. Massachusetts Medical Society, 1992-1997
  11. IV. Writings, 1953-2011, undated
  12. V. Events, 1970-2010
  13. VI. Personal Records, 1963-2010
  14. VII. Slides, undated

Immediate Source of Acquisition

  1. Accession number 2011-018. Arnold S. Relman. 2011 February 03.
  2. Accession number 2011-024. Arnold S. Relman. 2011 April 07.

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

  1. Papers of Franz J. Ingelfinger. H MS c213.

Processing Information

Processed by Bryan Sutherland and Katherine Mika, 2014 January.

Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the records and created a finding aid to improve access to the collection. To enhance preservation, processing staff re-housed the collection and, where necessary, photocopied documents onto acid-free paper. Duplicate records and records that did not meet the collection policy of the Center for the History of Medicine were discarded. Folder titles were transcribed from the originals.
Link to catalog
Title
Relman, Arnold S., 1923-. Papers, 1953-2011 (inclusive), 1974-2011 (bulk): Finding Aid.
Author
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Center for the History of Medicine.
Sponsor
The Arnold S. Relman papers were processed with grant funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as awarded in 2012 and administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).
EAD ID
med00188

Repository Details

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

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