Dickinson, Robert Latou papers, 1881-1972 (inclusive), 1883-1950 (bulk). H MS c591

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Dickinson, Robert Latou papers, 1881-1972 (inclusive), 1883-1950 (bulk). H MS c591


Robert Latou Dickinson, 1861-1950, MD, 1882, Long Island College Hospital, was a gynecologist and obstetrician at Brooklyn Hospital and also taught at Long Island College Hospital. Dickinson served as secretary to the National Committee on Maternal Health, senior vice-president of Planned Parenthood Federation, president of the Euthanasia Society, and was president of the American Gynecological Society and New York Obstetrical Society. In addition to research on obstetrics and diseases of women, Dickinson wrote manuals on birth control, illustrated his own writings, and sculpted obstetric teaching models.
Contains Dickinson's patient case records, ca.1883-ca.1934; research and writing files; and correspondence, mostly from 1938 to 1950, recording Dickinson's work on anatomical models at the New York Academy of Medicine and his involvement in the Birth Control Federation of America (BCF), National Committee on Maternal Health (NCMH), Euthanasia Society of America, and in several professional societies. Includes correspondence with women professionals such as authors, marriage counselors, and physicians. Letters, 1939-1950, with Margaret Sanger contain her recollections of beginning of the birth control movement and reflect her friendship with Dickinson. Other subjects of correspondence concern change of name of BCF to Planned Parenthood Federation of America; contraceptive supplies, especially those developed by Ortho Products, Inc.; an NCMH proposal in 1936 about cost of manufacturing chemical contraceptives; and Dickinson's editing and medical illustrating. Research material contains drafts of books on sexual anatomy, etc. with original drawings; manuscripts of papers he gave, often accompanied by research notes and drawings, on such subjects as cancer of the ovaries; drafts of research reports and talks; and reprints. Case records contain patient history, anatomical sketches, notes, and correspondence. In some cases, name of patient has been deleted. Four cubic feet of unprocessed records consist of patient records, notes and case histories on sexual topics accompanied by medical illustrations and sketches, and Dickinson's subject notebooks (Human Penis, The Book of the Vulva, and The Seated Figure).

Former call number: B MS c72

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