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Thomas C. Chalmers Papers 1927-1995
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Collection Scope and Content Note


Research files, teaching materials, correspondence, publications, conference packets and notes, audiovisuals, and personal material (1951-1995; 29 linear feet) document the life and medical career of Thomas C. Chalmers. Materials cover his career from Harvard Medical School to his final work with MetaWorks, Inc. The majority of the collection consists of subject files containing reports, articles, correspondence, and notes concerning his research interest in the methodology of clinical trials; meta-analysis; clinical gastroenterology and cardiology; and geriatrics. There also exists a small percentage of teaching materials in the subject files from Chalmers' various positions as lecturer and professor of medicine. The bulk of the collection spans the years 1951-1953 and 1970-1995.

The collection is organized into 6 series: Personal and Biographical; Subject Files; Hepatitis Study, Kyoto, Japan; Publications; Conferences; and Audiotapes.

Of significant interest in Series 4: Subject Files, is the material in the Linus Pauling and Vitamin C folders which contain information on Chalmers' debate with Pauling over the efficacy of Vitamin C as a cure for the common cold. These folders include debate transcripts, correspondence, and articles. Also of interest in this series is the MetaWorks Business Plan, 1993. This file folder includes correspondence and a 1993 summary of events relating to the company's inception. In addition, Series 5: Hepatitis Study, Kyoto, Japan is also significant for its documentation of Chalmers' 1951 to 1953 hepatitis study. Chalmers later used this study to disprove the common belief that long periods of bed rest were beneficial to those suffering from acute infectious hepatitis. This series includes correspondence, reports, charts, and other data relating to this study.

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