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Lyman A. Brewer Papers 1926-1989
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Collection Scope and Content Note


Correspondence, subject files, patient case reports and records, logs of operations performed, draft manuscripts, reprints, lecture notes, speeches, and cineradiography motion pictures (1926-1989; 26.67 lf.) document the surgical, teaching, and writing career of Lyman A. Brewer, III.

Patient case records, correspondence, and wound studies from his surgical work in the Army during World War II (1942-1945) and reports and correspondence relating to medical manpower studies (1967-1980) comprise the two largest distinct subject areas in the collection. Series 5: Surgical Procedures ans Series 6: Thoracic Wound Study detail Brewer's WWII surgical experience and operations, his post-WWII thoracic surgery outcomes study, and his Los Angeles professional practice. There are also several 16mm and 35mm cineradiography motion picture films capturing chest and heart procedures performed by Brewer and his colleagues. His World War II service in North Africa, Germany, France, and Italy is further documented through his military station orders, service records, letters home to his family, and photographs. Series 6: Medical Manpower Studies documents Brewer's involvement with several medical manpower studies conducted in the 1970s covering such topics as board certification, salary rates, academic training needs, research support, and national coordination activities.

Correspondence, survey results, and drafts are included. Writings in Series 4 include Brewer's drafts of chapters for Thoracic Surgery and the Rhoads textbook of surgery as well as notes, drafts, and reprints of articles, speeches, and lectures. Professional correspondence (Series 2) with colleagues is arranged separately from his general subject files (Series 3). It covers his entire career (1926-1988) and is primarily arranged alphabetically by individual. There is some personal correspondence included. Subject files document his activities with professional societies, both national and international. The final series International Activities primarily documents the first Lyman Brewer International Surgical Society meeting in Beijing, as well as subsequent related activities.

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