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COLLECTION — Box: 01 Identifier: H MS c539

Newton C. Browder slides from a lecture on the treatment of Cocoanut Grove fire victims

Content Description

Collection consists of 35mm slides and accompanying descriptive notes presented by Newton C. Browder in a lecture to the Red Cross on January 9, 1955. A majority of the slides depict the treatment and progress of a single patient at Boston City Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts between December 1942 and December 1952


  • 9 January 1955


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Condition Description

Glass present

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Collection is closed to research until 2032 due to the presence of restricted patient information. Contact Public Services for further information.

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0.4 cubic feet (1 letter size document box)

Biographical / Historical

Newton C. Browder (died 1969), A.B., 1916, Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana; M.D., 1920, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, was a surgeon who specialized in orthopedics at Boston City Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. After treating patients with severe burns from the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in 1942, Browder received publicity for his successful treatment of Clifford Johnson, a patient who had third-degree burns on over 50% of his body.

Newton C. Browder was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. After graduating from Butler University and Harvard Medical School, he became a physician at Boston City Hospital. In 1951, he was appointed Acting Surgeon-in-Chief of the Second Surgical Service. He had staff appointments at Longwood Hospital, Roxbury, Massachusetts; Winthrop Community Hospital, Winthrop, Massachusetts; Carney Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts; Leonard Morse Hospital, Natick, Massachusetts; and Boston City Hospital. He was also Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Medicine, and Boston University School of Medicine, all in Boston, Massachusetts. He used a technique for repairing hip fractures (the Johannson modification of the Smith-Petersen nail), and other surgeons consulted with him about implementing this method. In 1942, with Charles C. Lund (died 1972), Browder treated patients who had been burned in the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in Boston, Massachusetts. Lund and Browder developed the Lund and Browder chart for estimating the body surface area affected by burns.

His other professional affiliations include: the American College of Surgeons (fellow); the Boston Gastroenterological Society (president); American Medical Association (member); Massachusetts Medical Society (member; councilor); Norfolk District Medical Society (member); and the Boston Orthopedic Society (member). He was a trustee of the Monks Memorial Chapel at Boston City Hospital.

Browder married Josie Ogden. He died at age 75 at Longwood Hospital, Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifted to the Harvard Medical Library by Christine Gleason in 2017 (Accession #2018-093).

Processing Information

Updated by Charlotte Lellman in January 2021 according to Level 1 protocol.

Browder, Newton C. Slides from a lecture on the treatment of Cocoanut Grove fire victims, 9 January 1955: A Finding Aid
Charlotte Lellman
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