Charles Bernard Pittinger Papers
Collection Number 62

Summary Information

Repository
EBL Manuscripts Collection
Creator
Pittinger, Charles B., 1913-
Title
Charles Bernard Pittinger Papers
Date [inclusive]
1878 - 1989
Extent
3.0 Cubic feet
Abstract
Personal papers of Charles Bernard Pittinger (1913-1990), chair of the Vanderbilt Department of Anesthesiology, anesthesiologist and pharmacologist known for new methods of obstetrical anesthesia. Materials include: biographical material on James Tayloe Gwathmey, Crawford W. Long, Dennis Jackson, et al.; research on acupuncture; photographs; reprints; correspondence; manuscripts; curriculum vitae; slides. Correspondents include Barney Brooks, Mary Ross Gillespie, Bruno Haid, Dennis Jackson, Benjamin H. Robbins.

Preferred Citation

Charles Bernard Pittinger Papers. Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

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Historical or Biographical Note

Charles Bernard Pittinger (1913-1990) was an anesthesiologist, professor, and author. He was renowned for his research and writing in pharmacology and anesthesiology, as well as his development of new methods for delivering anesthesia in obstetrical cases and to patients on antibiotics. He was the author of "James Tayloe Gwathmey - American Pioneer Anesthesiologist." The Charles B. Pittinger Library of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center was dedicated 1989.

He received his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1942. He was a Chemist in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1937-1945. Later he received an M.S. in Anesthesiology from the State University of Iowa in 1952. Then he became an associate of the Division of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology at the State University of Iowa College of Medicine from 1952-1953. He then went from Assistant Professor to Professor and Acting Chairman of the Division of Anesthesiology of the State University of Iowa during the time period of 1953-1962. Also during this time, he was an Attending in Anesthesiology at the V.A. Hospital in Iowa City from 1954-1962. He then came to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology, from 1962-1968. He also served as an Associate Professor and later a Professor of Pharmacology at VUSM from 1963-1978. He became Professor Emeritus at Vanderbilt in 1978. He also was a Fellow of the American College of Anesthesiology and a Diplomat for the American Board of Anesthesiology.

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Collection Scope and Content Summary

Personal papers of Charles Bernard Pittinger (1913-1990), chair of the Vanderbilt Department of Anesthesiology, anesthesiologist and pharmacologist known for new methods of obstetrical anesthesia. Materials include: biographical material on James Tayloe Gwathmey, Crawford W. Long, Dennis Jackson, et al.; research on acupuncture; photographs; reprints; correspondence; manuscripts; curriculum vitae; slides. Correspondents include Barney Brooks, Mary Ross Gillespie, Bruno Haid, Dennis Jackson, Benjamin H. Robbins.

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Administrative Information

Notes about Access to this Collection

All collections are subject to applicable VUMC privacy and confidentiality policies. Collection specific restrictions: No Restrictions.

Reproduction Rights

Copyright is retained by Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections.

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Subject Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Brooks, Barney, 1884-
  • Gillespie, Mary Ross
  • Gwathmey, James Tayloe, 1862-1944
  • Haid, B.
  • Jackson, Dennis E., (Dennis Emerson), 1878-
  • Long, Crawford Williamson, 1815-1878
  • Pittinger, Charles B., 1913-
  • Robbins, Benjamin Howard, 1904-

Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

  • MeSH Anesthesiology--history

Other Keywords - Digital Library Subjects

  • Anesthesiology
  • Pharmacology/Toxicology
  • VUMC History

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Collection Inventory

SeriesGOVERNMENT SERVICE  

Box Folder

Tennessee Department of Public Health

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Note Book 3: Gwathmey - Correspondence: Photocopies of Dr. Gwathmey's correspondence and other material from Wood Library Museum of Anesthesiology, University of Wisconsin Archives, Virginia Military Institute Records and Vanderbilt University Archiv

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Note Book 3: Gwathmey - Correspondence: Photocopies of Dr. Gwathmey's correspondence and other material from Wood Library Museum of Anesthesiology, University of Wisconsin Archives, Virginia Military Institute Records and Vanderbilt University Archives.

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Note Book 4: Gwathmey - Biographical Material: - Biographical sketch of Dr. Gwathmey by Dr. Pittinger. - Bibliography of Dr. Gwathmey. - Journal publications and newspaper clippings about Dr. Gwathmey - Photographs of Dr. Gwathmey.

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Note Book 2: Gwathmey - Project Correspondence: Dr. Pittinger's correspondence with Mrs. Leola Ross Gwathmey and Mrs. Nancy Curry, 1986-89.

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Note Book 5: James Tayloe Gwathmey, M.D., American Pioneer Anesthesiologist: "Biographical sketch, Bibliography, Journal Publications," edited by Dr. Charles B. Pittinger, M.D, Vanderbilt University, Department of Anesthesiology, 1988.

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Note Book 1: Gwathmey - Correspondence: Dr. Charles Pittinger's correspondence regarding his research of the life of Dr. James Tayloe Gwathmey, 1986-89.

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Note Book 1: Gwathmey - Correspondence: Dr. Charles Pittinger's correspondence regarding his research of the life of Dr. James Tayloe Gwathmey, 1986-89.

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Note Book 6: James Tayloe Gwathmey: His journal articles located in index medicus listings from 1899 through 1945, Volume I.

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Note Book 7: James Tayloe Gwathmey: His journal articles located in index medicus listings from 1899 through 1945, Volume II.

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Note Book 8: Biographical material relating to Dr. Gwathmey - Birth, 1883 - Circus, 1889 - Vandy, 1899 - New York city, 1944 - Tributes - World War

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Folder 1: Dr. Charles Pittinger's correspondence with Wood Library Museum of Anesthesiology regarding his research project, 1989.

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Folder 2: Dr. Gwathmey correspondence - Photocopies received from Wood Library Museum of Anesthesiology, 1924-25.

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Folder 3: Dr. Gwathmey correspondence - Photocopies received from Virginia Military Institute, 1881-1899.

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Folder 4: Material relating to Long Island Society of Anesthetists, New York (no date).

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Folder 5: News paper clippings relating to Dr. Gwathmey's death, 1944.

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Folder 6: Bibliography of Dr. Gwathmey, 1903-43.

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Folder 7: Dr. Gwathmey - Miscellaneous. - Slides relating to Dr. Gwathmey (20 slides).

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Note Book: - Dr. Pittinger's correspondence with Dr. Dennis Jackson - Photograph of Dr. Dennis Jackson and Reprints by Dr. Dennis Jackson - " An Ether Valve for use in Animal Experimentation." Reprinted from The Journal of the American Medical

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Note Book 1: Biographical Material: - Photocopies of journal articles about Dr. Crawford W. Long. - Charles B. Pittinger's correspondence regarding his research work about Dr. Crawford W. Long, 1987.

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Note Book 2: Copies of Mrs. Frances Long Taylor's correspondence with Dr. Harrison regarding Dr. Crawford W. Long, 1929.

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Note Book 3: Photocopy of complete book titled "Crawford W. Long and the Discovery of Ether Anesthesia," by Frances W. Long Taylor. New York: Paul B. Hoeber, 1928.

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Note Book: Dr. Pittinger\'s correspondence and other reference material regarding his research about the anesthetization of Fanny Long Fellow for child birth on April 7, 1847.

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Folder 1: Photocopies of a historic document, Crawford W. Long's pardon awarded by President Andrew Johnson in 1865.

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Folder 2: Photocopies of journal articles - "Crawford W. Long Memorial Museum," printed as a public service by the Northeast Georgia Area Planning and Development commission (no date). - "The Reticence of Dr. Long," from Essays on the First

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Folder 3: Pamphlets and Brochures - The Discovery of the only known photo of Crawford Long, Department of Anesthesiology and the Briscoe Library, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. - The Ether song. Illinois: The Wood

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Folder 4: Reprint, "The Anesthetization of Fanny Long Fellow for Child Birth on April 7, 1847". From Anesthesia and Analgesia, 1987 (several duplicates).

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Folder 5: Dr. Pittinger's correspondence and other material relating to Long Fellow.

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Note Book 1: Colt, Samuel: Articles and other material relating to Dr. Colt.

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Reprint Series "The History of Anesthesiology." From Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology.

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Note Book 2: Photocopy of a book titled "Hyperbaric Oxygenation," by Charles B. Pittinger, M.D. Illinois: Charles C. Thomas Publishers, 1966.

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Note Book 3: "History of Departmental Staff," Department of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University, 1946-87.

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Note Book 4: Mary Ross Gillespie: Correspondence, photograph and a speech "Anesthesia in Head Specialities as given at the University of Iowa," 1974-75.

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Part Five: Carbon Dioxide Absorption, 1975.

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Part Four: Signs and Stages of Anesthesia, 1974 - "On the Inhalation of the Vapour of Ether in Surgical Operation," September 1847 - "Ascending Respiratory Paralysis under General Anesthesia," January 1925.

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Part One: 1971 (2 duplicates) - \"An Account of The First Use of Sulphuric Ether,\" by Crawford W. Long. - \"The Discovery of Anesthesia,\" by J. Marion Sims, May 1877.

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Part Seven: Physical Theories of Anesthetic Action, 1977.

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Part Six: Obstetric Anesthesia, 1976.

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Part Two: 1972 (2 duplicates) "Insensibility During Surgical Operations," by Henry J. Bigelow, November 18, 1846.

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Folder 1: Adriani, John: - Photo copy of Dr. Adriani photograph. - Journal article, "John Adriani," by Richard G. Zepernick, Edwin G. Hyde, and Mohammad Ali Naraghi. - Article " Women Pioneer Anesthesiologists: Part I," by John Adriani, 1986.

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Folder 10: North, William Charles: Curriculum vitae of Dr. William Charles North, April 1981.

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Folder 11: Pauling, Linus: Journal articles "Linus C. Pauling, Ph.D.," from Modern Medicine, January 7, 1963 and "Linus Pauling," from Chemical and Engineering News, April 19, 1976.

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Folder 12: Pinkney, Ninian: Dr. Pittinger's research material relating to Dr. Ninian Pinkney.

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Folder 13: Poe, Mary Frances: Curriculum vitae and a clipping from Anesthesia History Association Newsletter, October 1986.

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Folder 14: Ramsey, Frank A.: Journal articles by Dr. Ramsey - "Are the Subject of Convulsions and of Anesthesia Conscious?" from Southern Journal of the Medical and Physical Sciences, 1853. - "Case of Tumor Operation - Anesthesia Death," from East

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Folder 15: Robbins, Benjamin H.: - "Bibliography of Benjamin Howard Robbins, M.D.," by Charles B. Pittinger, M.D., October 4, 1983 - Article "Preliminary Studies of the Anesthetic Activity of Fluorinated Hydrocarbons," by Benjamin H. Robbins, Nov

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Folder 16: Rovenstine, Emery Andrew: - Article "Profiles," by Dr. Emery A. Rovenstine. From New Yorker, October 25, 1947. - "We Salute ... Emery A. Rovenstine, B.A., M.D., D.Sc.," from Anesthesia and Analgesia, V. 39, No. 4, July-August, 1960

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Folder 17: Seymour, Digby: Correspondence and "History of Anesthesiology in Knoxville," by Digby Seymour, March 19, 1984.

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Folder 18: Vanderbilt University: "Publications of the Faculty, Department of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine, 1946-1983," by Charles B. Pittinger, December 15, 1983.

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Folder 19: Wells, Horace: Commemorative Stamp recognition for Horace Wells and other material related to Dr. Wells (no date).

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Folder 2: Alexander, Duncan: Photograph and curriculum Vitae of Dr. Duncan Alexander.

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Folder 20: Reprint "The First Xenon Anesthesia for Survey Conducted with a Closed Absorption System," by Charles B. Pittinger, M.D. From the Circular, July-August, 1956 (several copies).

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Folder 21: Reprint "A Stained Glass Window on the History of Medicine," by Donald C. Balfour and Thomas E. Keys. From Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, V. 32, No. 4, October 1944.

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Folder 22: Albert H. Miller: Biographical sketch of Dr. Albert Miller and Reprints by Dr. Miller - "A New Device and Method for Administering Ether," from Surgery, Gynecology and Obstetrics, June 1909. - "The Routine Administration of Ether in Me

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Folder 23: Pharmacology student lab manual, 1962-63.

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Folder 24: Patrick Sim (Librarian): A catalogue with Annotations, The Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology Rare Book Collection (no date).

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Folder 25: Journal articles - "The Pathological and Physiological Effects of Ethereal Inhalation," by Buckminster Brown, M.D., from Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, June 9, 1847. - "Letheon in Sick Head-Ache," by George R. Grant, from the Sout

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Folder 26: Journal articles - "Remarks on the Administration of Chloroform," by C. S. Fenner, from New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal, 1854. - "Observations on the Use of Chloroform," by Robards, HR, from Memphis Medical Recorder, 1855. -

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Folder 27: Journal articles from The Medical Record - "Cocaine Hydrochlorate the New Local Anesthetic," by C. R. Agnew, M.D., October 18, 1884. - "Ophthalmological Congress in Heidelberg," by H. D. Noyes, October 11, 1884. - "Hydrochlorate of Co

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Folder 28: Journal articles - "An Analysis of 1300 General Anesthesia," by Wills C. Campbell, M.D., from Memphis Medical Monthly, 1909. - "Famous Anesthetists," by J. Blomfield, M.D., from British Journal of Anesthesia, 1909.

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Folder 29: Special Article "Anesthesia on the Western Front: The Anglo-American Experience of World War I," by Frederick W. Courington, M.D. and Roderick K. Calverley, M.D., from Anesthesiology, 1986.

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Folder 3: Brooks, Barney: Correspondence and other material relating to Dr. Barney Brooks, 1927-47.

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Folder 30: Journal articles - "Fluorinated Anesthetics. I. The Early Years 1932-1946," by Rod K. Calverley, M.D., from Survey of Anesthesiology, June 1986. - "Beginnings of the Nashville Academy of Medicine," by James Summerville, from Journal of

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Folder 31: Obituaries and other journal clippings (no dates).

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Folder 32: Journal article - "Ralph Milton Waters: A Brief Biography," by Noel A. Gillespie, from British Journal of Anesthesia, (date unknown).

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Folder 33: Articles and other clippings from Thompsonian Defender, 1835-36.

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Folder 34: Miscellaneous material

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Folder 35: Herr Prof. Bruno Haid, M.D.: Correspondence and other related material, 1989. Dr. Charles B. Pittinger Collection - Box 4 (continued)

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Folders 36 to 43 and 2 packets: Catalog of Anesthesia texts, original listings from NLM.

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Folder 4: Buchanan, Tom: Photocopy of newspaper clipping and a reprint "Tom Buchanan, 1876-1940." From Quarterly of Phi Alpha Gamma, May 1940.

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Folder 5: Dripps, Robert Dunning: - Journal article "Robert Dunning Dripps, 1911-1973," from Anesthesiology, February 1974 - Article "We Salute ... Robert D. Dripps, M.D.," from Anesthesia and Analgesia, May - June, 1963.

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Folder 6: Gambill, Louise: "The History of Anesthesiology at University of Tennessee," by Louise Gambill. Memphis: Department of Anesthesiology, College of Medicine (no date).

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Folder 7: Guedel, Arthur E.: Correspondence and other material relating to Dr. Arthur E. Guedel, 1946.

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Folder 8 (a): Hingson, Robert A: Correspondence, curriculum vitae, newspaper clippings, photograph and other material relating to Dr. Robert A. Hingson.

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Folder 8 (b): - Article "Anesthesia for Obstetrics," by Robert A. Hingson and Louis M. Hellman - Reprint "Guest Editorial, Robert A. Hingson, M.D.: Former Memphis Anesthesiologist Receives Presidential Award," from Journal of Tennessee Medical Ass

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Folder 9: Keep, Nathan Cooley: Biographical Sketch of Dr. Nathan C. Keep, from The Historical and Genealogical Register, April 1878.

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Note Book 1: "Academic Acupunctural Pursuits," by Dr. Charles B. Pittinger (no date).

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Slides and Tapes This box includes 19 audio tapes and 58 slides relating to anesthesiology.

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Book Frank Z. Warren and WalterIan Fischman Sexual Acupuncture. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1978.

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Book: Diane B. Jacob and Judith Moreland Arnold Virginia Military Institute Album, 1839-1910. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1982. (catalogued for Hist Med Annex)

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Note Book 2: Correspondence and other reference material relating to Copy Right Law, 1989.

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Folder 1: Tennessee Valley Medical Assembly, Chattanooga - Correspondence and other material relating to Assembly, 1974.

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Folder 10: Clippings from American Medical News, relating to acupuncture, 1974.

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Folder 11: Journal articles by John J. Bonica, M.D. - "Acupuncture Anesthesia in the People's Republic of China," from Jama, V. 229, No. 10, September 2, 1974. - "Nationwide Closed-Circuit Television Symposium on Acupuncture Anesthesia," from Ane

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Folder 12: Article "Acupuncture Past and Present," by Joseph B. Davis,M.D., from FDA Consumer, May 1973.

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Folder 13: Charles Pittinger - Correspondence, notes and other material relating to acupuncture, 1973-74.

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Folder 14: National Acupuncture Research Society - Correspondence and other material relating to Research Society (no date).

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Folder 15: Newspaper clippings from Nashville Banner relating to acupuncture.

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Folder 16: Hypnotism - Journal articles and other reference material relating to hypnotism, 1973-74.

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Folder 17: Bearden Chiropractic Clinic, Knoxville - Newspaper clippings, 1975.

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Folder 18: Ralph Alan Dale, M.D. - Material relating to Dr. Dale.

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Folder 19: Acupuncture Research Center, Clarksville - Correspondence and other material relating to Research Center, 1976.

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Folder 2: Tennessee Department of Public Health: Correspondence, 1974.

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Folder 20: "Can A Scientist Believe in Acupuncture?" An analysis of today's hottest topic by Robert K. T. Lien, M.D., Department of Surgery, The Queens Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii (no date).

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Folder 21: Acupuncture Center of the Mid-South - Book published by the center, "Acupuncture - Some Background about the Ancient Art of Acupuncture" and other material relating to center, 1975.

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Folder 22: Boston-Dental Acupuncture - Correspondence and other related material, 1974.

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Folder 23: Newspaper clippings relating to acupuncture, 1972.

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Folder 24: Journal clippings relating to acupuncture, 1972-74.

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Folder 25: "Acupunctural Controversies in Tennessee: Views behind News," by Charles B. Pittinger, M.D., 1975.

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Folder 26: Miscellaneous Material.

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Folder 3: Tennessee Medical Association: Correspondence and a Journal, Journal of The Tennessee Medical Association, V. 65, No.11, November 1976.

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Folder 4: Tennessee State Licensing Board of the Healing Arts - Correspondence, 1975.

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Folder 5: Nashville Academy of Medicine - "A Transcript of WSM-TV's Unit Four Series on Acupuncture," tape-recorded and typed by Dr. Pittinger, 1980.

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Folder 6: O. Jerry Maynard, Tennessee Acupuncture Clinic, P.C. - Correspondence, newspaper clippings and other material relating to Dr. Maynard, 1976.

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Folder 7: Photo copies of newspaper clippings from "Washington Star-News" about acupuncture, 1974.

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Folder 8: Reprints - "Acupuncture in Ante-Bellum Tennessee," by Gerald L. Cates, M.D. From Journal of the Tennessee Medical Association," V. 69, No.11, November 1976. - "Ward Rounds with an Acupuncturist," by E. Grey Dimond, M.D. From the New England

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Folder 8: Reprints - "Acupuncture in Ante-Bellum Tennessee," by Gerald L. Cates, M.D. From Journal of the Tennessee Medical Association," V. 69, No.11, November 1976. - "Ward Rounds with an Acupuncturist," by E. Grey Dimond, M.D. From the New England Journal of Medicine, March 18, 1965.

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Folder 9: Attorney General - Memorandum relating to the Definition of Practice of Acupuncture, 1973.

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Folder 1: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Acupuncture, Vienna, Austria - Articles by Dr. Johannes Bischko relating to the activities of the Institute, 1973-74.

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Folder 12: Nationwide Closed-Circuit Television Symposium on Acupuncture Anesthesia, 1974.

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Folder 13: Tennessee Valley Medical Assembly - Correspondence, programs and other related material, 1974.

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Folder 14: Boston Dental Meeting - Material relating to Dental Acupuncture Workshop presented by The National Acupuncture Society, May 25-26, 1974.

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Folder 15: "Acupuncture Anesthesia," newly released film sponsored by Roerig Division of Phizer Pharmaceuticals, August 26, 1974.

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Folder 16: Acupuncture Center of Nashville - Material relating to the center, 1974.

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Folder 17: Journal articles on Acupuncture-Anesthesia, 1965-69.

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Folder 18: Journal articles on Acupuncture-Anesthesia, 1971-73.

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Folder 19: Journal articles on Acupuncture-Anesthesia, 1974-79.

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Folder 2: Li, Choh-luh, M.D. - Manuscript titled " A Brief Outline of Chinese Medical History with Particular Reference to Acupuncture," by Dr. Li. - Reprint "Neurological Basis of Pain and its Possible to Acupuncture - Analgesia," by Dr. Li, fr

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Folder 20: Proceedings, NIH Acupuncture Research Conference, February 28 - March 1, 1973, Bethesda, Maryland.

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Folder 21: Clippings from newspapers and medical journals relating to acupuncture and anesthesia, 1972-73.

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Folder 22 & 22: Miscellaneous Material. Book titled "A Bibliography of Chinese Sources on Medicine and Public Health in the People's Republic of China, 1960-70." A publication of Geographic Health Studies by the John E. Fogarty International Ce

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Folder 3: Meridian - Notes and other material relating to Meridian.

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Folder 4: Manuscript titled "Aminoglycoside Antibiotics: Probable Cause of Adynamic Ileus," by Carlos A. Muhletaler, Charles B. Pittinger and John J. Glancy, 1980.

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Folder 5: Manuscript "Acupuncture Controversies in Tennessee: Views Behind the News," by Dr. Charles B. Pittinger, and other material related to Acupuncture (no date).

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Folder 6: Manuscript "Current Background - Acupuntural Anesthesia," from the material produced by American Consulate General, Hong Kong, September 22, 1971. Reproduced by National Technical Information Service.

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Folder 7: Manuscript "Selections from China Mainland Magazines," from material produced by American Consulate General, November 29 - December 7, 1971. Reproduced by National Technical Information Service.

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Folder 8: Miscellaneous Correspondence - Dr. Charles Pittinger's correspondence relating to Acupuncture, 1972-74.

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Folders 9, 10 & 11: Hahnemann Symposium and Seminars on Pain and Acupuncture - Lectures and notes relating to symposium, April 1974.

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