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Finding aid to the Kathryn R. Mahaffey papers, 1970-

History of Medicine Division





Summary Information
Title: Kathryn R. Mahaffey papers
Creator: Mahaffey, Kathryn R., 1943-
Dates: 1970-
Extent: 55 linear feet, (39 boxes)
Abstract:
UNPROCESSED COLLECTION. Research/subject files; secondary research articles/journals (significant amount); conference proceedings. Kathryn R. Mahaffey passed away peacefully in her sleep June 2, 2009 after decades of work that advanced the nation's health and environment. She was the rare scientist who knew how to apply the lessons from academic research to protect the public heath. Her work changed the face of epidemic heavy metal poisoning, endocrine disruptors and many other environmental pollutants that afflict children, pregnant women and at-risk populations. Mahaffey was the first to ensure that the number of lead poisoned children in the US was determined accurately through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in the 1970s.

Call number: HMD MS ACC 2010-002
Language: Collection materials primarily in English
Location: Materials stored offsite. Retrievals made last Friday of the month. Contact reesj@nlm.nih.gov for scheduling.

Access Restrictions:

Unprocessed collection. Access is restricted. See Reference Librarian for information regarding access.

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Provenance:

Gift, David Jacobs, 1/27/2010, Accession #2010-002.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Research/subject files; secondary research articles/journals (significant amount); conference proceedings. Kathryn R. Mahaffey passed away peacefully in her sleep June 2, 2009 after decades of work that advanced the nation's health and environment. She was the rare scientist who knew how to apply the lessons from academic research to protect the public heath. Her work changed the face of epidemic heavy metal poisoning, endocrine disruptors and many other environmental pollutants that afflict children, pregnant women and at-risk populations. Mahaffey was the first to ensure that the number of lead poisoned children in the US was determined accurately through the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in the 1970s.