Rudolph H. Kampmeier Papers

 Collection
Identifier: EBL-0036

  • Staff Only

Collection Scope and Content Summary

Personal papers of Vanderbilt professor (1936-1963) Rudolph H. Kampmeier, a leading authority on physical diagnosis and sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Kampmeier served as President of the American College of Physicians and in his retirement published books on the history of Vanderbilt Medical School and the Tennessee Medical Association. Materials include: correspondence; notebooks; manuscripts; articles; lectures; research notes; clippings; photos and slides; reprints of Vanderbilt staff; biographical material; national, state and Regional Organizations; Vanderbilt; hospital work; ICNND nutritional surveys. Correspondents include: John B. Youmans, William W. Frye, Allen O. Whipple, Harvie Branscomb, William J. Darby, Harris D. Riley. Correspondence is organized chronologically from 1929-1989. Some professional correspondence is organized alphabetically. Collection also contains tapes and typescripts from Vanderbilt doctors.

Dates

  • 1909 - 1990

Creator

Notes about Access to this Collection

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

Reproduction Rights

Copyright is retained by History of Medicine Collections, Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University or is retained by the authors of specific published items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Historical or Biographical Note

Rudolph H. Kampmeier (1898-1990) was a Vanderbilt professor, physician, author, and editor. He was a true leader in American medicine and a leading authority on physical diagnosis and sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Kampmeier served as President of the American College of Physicians and in his retirement published books on the history of Vanderbilt Medical School and the Tennessee Medical Association.

Dr. Kampmeier received his medical training at the State University of Iowa and joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1936. His two text books, Essentials of Syphilology (1943) and Physical Examination in Health and Disease (1950) are considered medical classics of the 20th century. In training medical students, Dr. Kampmeier insisted on the importance of history-taking and the value of the physical exam.

During World War II, Dr. Kampmeier literally ran the Vanderbilt Hospital and Department of Medicine by himself, with the assistance of practicing physicians from the Nashville community. He served as president of many professional organizations, most notably the Southern Medical Association (1964-65) and the American College of Physicians (1967-68). Dr. Kampmeier wrote six books and one hundred and forty papers. He also served as editor of five national medical journals.

For more information and pictures please see the VUMC Online Biography of Dr. Kampmeier.

Extent

44.99 Cubic Feet (112 Hollinger letter boxes, 10 Half Hollinger letter boxes, 1 Hollinger legal box, 1 Half Hollinger legal box and 2 oversize flat storage boxes (1-17"x21"x1.5", 1- 17"x21"x3"))

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Personal papers of Vanderbilt professor Rudolph H. Kampmeier, a leading authority on physical diagnosis and sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Kampmeier served as President of the American College of Physicians and in his retirement published books on the history of Vanderbilt Medical school and the Tennessee Medical Association. Materials include: correspondence; notebooks; manuscripts; lectures; research notes; clippings; photos and slides; reprints of Vanderbilt staff; biographical material; national, state and Regional Organizations; Vanderbilt; hospital work; ICNND nutritional surveys. Correspondents include: John B. Youmans, William W. Frye, Allen O. Whipple, Harvie Branscomb, William J. Darby, Harris D. Riley.

Physical Location

EBL Vault

Acquisition Information

First part of Collection (five linear feet) was donated in 1978 as reported in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Library Annual Report 1977-1978. and second part donated in 1981 as reported in annual report for 1980-1981.

Processing History

Likely processed in the 1978, and 1981
Title
Rudolph H. Kampmeier Papers
Status
Completed
Author
EBL Special Collections Staff
Date
2004-10-28
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Eskind Biomedical Library Manuscripts Collection Repository

Contact:
Eskind Biomedical Library
2209 Garland Ave.
Nashville TN 37232


 

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