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Title: William B. Kountz PapersAdd to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1924-1979

ID: FC/FC045

Extent: 2.0 Linear Feet

Biographical/Historical Note

William B. Kountz was born in Saxton, Missouri in 1896 and attended schools in nearby St. Joseph. He entered Washington University as an undergraduate in 1918 and (without formally completing a bachelor’s degree) continued on through medical school, graduating in 1926. Until 1928 WBK was an intern and resident physician at Barnes, St. Louis Maternity, and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals. He then became a physician with the cardiovascular service of the Washington University Dispensary. The award of a national Research Council Fellowship offered WBK the opportunity for further training abroad, and for eighteen months beginning in 1930 he visited hospitals in Britain, Germany, and Egypt. (He later recalled that the chance to study Egyptian mummies inspired his interest in aging.) He returned in late 1931 to join the clinical faculty of the School and to launch he career as a leading cardiologist in St. Louis.

WBK served on the staff of Barnes and Lutheran Hospitals, but became particularly well known for his treatment and study of aged patients at the St. Louis City Infirmary (later, St. Louis Chronic Hospital) on Arsenal Street. In 1938 he helped establish a special geriatrics research unit at the Infirmary. In 1946 WUSM organized a Division of Gerontology based at the Chronic Hospital and WBK was named its director of clinical services. That same year WBK became a founding member of the American Society for the Study of Arteriosclerosis, which later became a branch of the American Heart Association. In 1954 WBK’s work received additional support through the establishment of a St. Louis-based Gerontological Research Foundation.

WBK died in 1962. He was succeeded as head of the Division of Gerontology by John Esben Kirk, under whom the program continued until 1973.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Kountz papers are arranged in five short series, including one (Series 5) comprising correspondence received by his wife, Willie Mae Kountz, after his death. In general, the papers reflect to a significant extent Mrs. Kountz’s selections of materials to document her husband’s career. Included are correspondence, press clippings, and publications.

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Preferred Citation: [Item description, Box number, Folder number], William B. Kountz Papers, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University School of Medicine.


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[Series 1: Alphabetical Correspondence Files, 1930-1965.],
[Series 2: Chronological Press Clipping and Correspondence Files, 1932-1965.],
[Series 3: Gerontological Research Foundation Publications, 1959-1962.],
[Series 4: Scientific Publications, 1924-1955.],
[Series 5: Correspondence of Willie Mae Kountz, 1967-1979.],
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Series 4: Scientific Publications, 1924-1955.Add to your cart.
The short publications are bound together in four chronologically-arranged volumes.  WBK's sole monograph, Thyroid function and its possible role in vascular degeneration (1951), is in its original binding.  The bound volumes are located in Box 3.
Sub-Series 1: 1924Add to your cart.
Item 1: With Edgar Allen, Byron F. Francis, Leroy L. Robertson, Cleon E. Colgate, Charles G. Johnston, Edward A. Doisy, Harry V. Gibson. The hormone of the ovarian follicle; its localization and action in test animals, and additional points bearing upon the internal secretion of the ovary. American Journal of Anatomy, 34:133-181. In vol. 1, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: 1925Add to your cart.
Item 1: With Edgar Allen and Byron F. Francis. Selective elimination of ova in the adult ovary. American Journal of Anatomy, 34:445-467. In vol. 1, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: 1927Add to your cart.
Item 1: With Harry L. Alexander, Drew Luten. The effects on the heart of long-standing bronchial asthma. Journal of the American Medical Association, 88:882-884. In vol. 1, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: 1928Add to your cart.
Item 1: With Leo Loeb. The effect of injection of follicular extract on the sex organs in the guinea pig and the inter-action between the follicular substances and substances given off by the corpus luteum. American Journal of Physiology, 84:283-306. In vol. 1, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: With H. L. Alexander. Death from bronchial asthma; report of three cases. Archives of Pathology, 5:1003-1019. In vol. 1, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: 1929Add to your cart.
Item 1: With Charles M. Gruber. The electrocardiographic changes in anoxemia. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, 1929: xxvii, 170-172. In vol. 1, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: With Charles M. Gruber. The effect of pitressin (vaso-pressin) upon the heart. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, 1929:161-162. In vol. 1, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 3: Periarteritis Nodosa; report of a case. Archives of Pathology, 10:55-65. In vol. 1, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 6: 1930Add to your cart.
Item 1: With Karl Koenig. Studies of bronchial secretion. Journal of Allergy, 1:429. In vol.1, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: With Charles M. Gruber. Some observations on the effect of pitressin upon the cardiovascular system. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 39:435-447. In vol. 1, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 3: With Charles M. Gruber. The electrocardiogram of non-anesthetized dogs as modified by the intravenous injection of pitressin, atropine sulphate and vagus section. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 40:253-273. In vol. 1, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 4: With Charles M. Gruber. II. Observations on the effect of pitressin on blood pressure, pulse rate and respiration in dogs. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 39:275-299. In vol. 1, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 7: 1932Add to your cart.
Item 1: With H. L. Alexander. The mechanism of nonobstructive emphysema. Transactions of the Association of American Physicians, 47:225. In vol. 1 & 3, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: Studies on the coronary arteries of the human heart. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 45:65-76. In vol. 1, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 3: With M. Hammouda. Effect of asphyxia and of anoxemia on the electrocardiogram. American Heart Journal, 8:3-12. In vol. 1, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 4: With Emmet F. Pearson and Karl F. Koenig. Observations on intrapleural pressure and its influence on the relative circulation rate in emphysema. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 11:1281-1291. In vol. 1, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 8: 1933Add to your cart.
Item 1: With H. L. Alexander. Symptomatic relief of advanced emphysema. Transactions of the Association of American Physicians, 48:313. In vol. 1, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: With H. L. Alexander. Nonobstructive emphysema. Journal of the American Medical Association. 100:551-555. In vol. 1, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 9: 1934Add to your cart.
Item 1: With H. L. Alexander. Symptomatic relief of emphysema by an abdominal belt. American Journal of the Medical Sciences, 187:687. In vol. 2, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: With H. L. Alexander. Emphysema. Medicine, 13:251-316. In vol. 2, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 3: With E. F. Pearson and K. F. Koenig. Observations on the effect of vagus and sympathetic stimulation on the coronary flow of the revived human heart. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 13:1065-1078. In vol. 2, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 4: With M. Prinzmetal. Influence of inversion of the dog on the electrocardiogram. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, 31:612:613. In vol. 2, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 5: With M. Prinzmetal. Intrapleural pressure in orthopnea. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, 31:610-611. In vol. 2, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 10: 1935Add to your cart.
Item 1: The effect of position of the heart on the electrocardiogram. With M. Prinzmetal, E. F. Pearson, and K. F. Koenig. I. The electrocardiogram in revived perfused human hearts in normal position. With M. Prinzmetal and J. R. Smith. II. Observations upon the electrocardiogram obtained from a dog's heart placed in the human pericardial cavity. With M. Prinzmetal and J. R. Smith. III. Observations upon the electrocardiogram in the monkey. American Heart Journal, 10:605-629. In vol. 2, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: With M. Prinzmetal and L. Gottlieb. Influence of point at which ventricle contacts thoracic wall on form of the electrocardiogram. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, 32:1411-1413. In vol. 2, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 3: With M. Prinzmetal. Intrapleural pressure in health and disease and its influence on body function. Medicine, 14:457-498. In vol. 2, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 11: 1936Add to your cart.
Item 1: With H. L. Alexander and M. Prinzmetal. The heart in emphysema. American Heart Journal, 11:163-172. In vol. 2, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: Revival of human hearts. Annals of Internal Medicine, 10:330-336. In vol. 2, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 3: With L. Gottlieb and R. King. The influence of changes of abdominal tension upon pulmonary function. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 15:601-605. In vol. 2, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 12: 1938Add to your cart.
Item 1: With John R. Smith. The flow of blood in the coronary arteries in pathological hearts. Journal of Clinical Investigation, 17:147-152. In vol. 3, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: With John R. Smith. Observations on passive vascular exercise and other forms of treatment of peripheral vascular disease. American Heart Journal, 16:55-65. In vol. 3, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 13: 1939Add to your cart.
Item 1: With John R. Smith. Vibrations produced by the beating heart. Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, presented before the St. Louis Cardiac Club. In vol. 3, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: Re-establishment of the circulation in extremities. Archives of Physical Therapy, 20:157-162. In vol. 3, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 14: 1940Add to your cart.
Item 1: Anesthesia and the Vascular System. Anesthesia and analgesia, 1-7. In vol. 3, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: With Louis H. Hempelmann. Chromatrophic degeneration and rupture of the aorta following thyroidectomy in cases of hypertension. American Heart Journal, 20:599-610. In vol. 3, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 3: With John R. Smith and Arthur S. Gilson. A consideration of extra-valvular elements in the first heart sound. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, 43:256-258. In vol. 3, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 15: 1941Add to your cart.
Item 1: The Diagnosis and treatment of peripheral vascular disease. New International Clinics, 3:167-176. In vol. 3, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: With John R. Smith. Total cardiac vibrations in aged hearts and in coronary disease. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, 47:353-354. In vol. 3, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 3: With John R. Smith and Arthur S. Gilson. The use of the cathode ray for recording heart sounds and vibrations. American Heart Journal, 21:17-24. In vol. 3, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 16: 1942Add to your cart.
Item 1: With John R. Smith and Sidney T. Wright. Observations on the effect of tourniquets on acute cardiac crises, normal subjects, and chronic heart failure. American Heart Journal, 23:624-636. In vol. 3, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: With John R. Smith. Studies on the early recognition of myocardial disease by use of the vibrocardiogram. Southern Medical Journal, 35:713-720. In vol. 3, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 3: With John R. Smith. Deformaties of the thoracic spine as a cause of anginoid pain. Annals of Internal Medicine, 17:604-617. In vol. 3, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 17: 1943Add to your cart.
Item 1: Factors of recognition and treatment of early degenerative heart disease. Journal of the Missouri State Medical Association, April 1943:95-97. In vol. 3, box 3Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 18: 1944Add to your cart.
Item 1: With Sydney T. Wright. Comparison of total vibration obtained from a normal, rapidly dying, human heart with those obtained in chronic myocardial disease. American Heart Journal, 27:396-408. In vol. 3, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: Special problems of poor surgical risks, especially age. Journal of the Missouri State Medical Association, October 1944:200-202. In vol. 3, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 19: 1945Add to your cart.
Item 1: Research work on degenerative disease. Biological Symposia, 11:74-78. In vol. 3, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: With Arthur Sonnenberg, Lilli Hofstatter, and Gerhard Wolff. Blood cholesterol levels in elderly patients. Biological Symposia, 9:79-86. In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 3: With Lilli Hofstatter and Arthur Sonnenberg. The glucose tolerance in elderly patients. Biological Symposia, 11:87-95. In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 20: 1946Add to your cart.
Item 1: Management of nephritis in the elderly. Clinics, 4:1185-1203. In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: With Louis H. Jorstad. Special problems of poor surgical risks among the aged. Geriatrics, 1:341-347. In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 21: 1947Add to your cart.
Item 1: Degenerative disease associated with age. Medical Times, April 1947. In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: With Lilli Hofstatter and Philip Ackerman. Nitrogen balance studies in elderly people. Geriatrics, 2:173-182. In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 3: With Margaret Chieffi. General oxidative processes with relation to degenerative changes in the body. Geriatrics, 2:344-358. In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 22: 1948Add to your cart.
Item 1: With Lilli Hofstatter and Philip Ackerman. Nitrogen balance studies under prolonged high nitrogen intake levels in elderly individuals. Geriatrics, 3:171-183. In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 23: 1949Add to your cart.
Item 1: With Philip Ackermann and Lilli Hofstatter. Concentration of free valine, tryptophane, and histidine of plasma of young and old individuals, determined with the microbiologic method. Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine, 34:234-238. In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: With Margaret Chieffi and Esben Kirk. Serum protein-bound iodine and age. Journal of Gerontology, 4:132-217. In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 3: With Esben Kirk and Margaret Chieffi. The correlation between thyroid function and the incidence of arteriosclerosis. Journal of Gerontology, 4:212-217. In vol. 4, box 3Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 24: 1950Add to your cart.
Item 1: With Cletus L. Krag. Stability of body function in the aged. I. Effect of exposure of the body to cold. Journal of Gerontology, 5:227-235. In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: With Lilli Hofstatter and Philip G. Ackermann. The plasma levels of nine free amino acids in old men and women. Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine, 36:259-265. In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 3: Vascular degeneration in hypothyroidism. Archives of Pathology, 50:765-777. In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 25: 1951Add to your cart.
Item 1: With Lilli Hofstatter and Philip Ackermann. Nitrogen balance studies in four elderly men. Journal of Gerontology, 6:20-33. In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: Revitalization of tissue and nutrition in older individuals. Annals of Internal Medicine. In vol.4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 3: Thyroid function and its possible role in vascular degeneration. A monograph in American Lectures in circulation [series]. Springfield, Ill.:  Charles Thomas.  In box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 26: 1952Add to your cart.
Item 1: With M. W. Warren, L. A. Pratt and E. J. Stieglitz. Geriatric medicine: therapeutic aspects. Journal of Gerontology, 7:1-16. In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: With Cletus L. Krag. Stability of body function in the aged. Journal of Gerontology, 7:61-70. In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 27: 1953Add to your cart.
Item 1: With Philip G. Ackermann, Teofil Kheim, and Gelson Toro. Effects of increased protein intake in older people. Geriatrics, 8:63-69.  In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: With Philip G. Ackermann and Teofil Kheim. The influence of some hormonal substances on the nitrogen balance and clinical state of elderly patients. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 13:534-547.  In vol. 4, box3.Add to your cart.
Item 3: Principles of geriatric medicine. Presented at the 95th Annual Session of the Missouri State Medical Association.  In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 4: Therapeutic aspects of geriatric medicine. Journal of the American Medical Association, 153:777-782.  In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 28: 1954Add to your cart.
Item 1: With Teofil Kheim. The heart and arteries in mid-life. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2:139-145.  In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 2: With P. G. Ackermann and G. Toro. Zone electrophoresis in the study of serum lipoproteins. Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine. 44:517-530. In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.
Item 3: With P. G. Ackermann, G. Toro, and T. Kheim. The effect of sex hormone administration on the calcium and nitrogen balance in elderly women. Journal of Gerontology, 9:450-455.  In vol. 3, box 3.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 29: 1955Add to your cart.
Item 1: With P. G. Ackermann, H. J. Buehler, and G. Toro. Serum cholesterol, phospholipid and lipoprotein levels in elderly male subjects. Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, 88:447-448.  In vol. 4, box 3.Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: Alphabetical Correspondence Files, 1930-1965.],
[Series 2: Chronological Press Clipping and Correspondence Files, 1932-1965.],
[Series 3: Gerontological Research Foundation Publications, 1959-1962.],
[Series 4: Scientific Publications, 1924-1955.],
[Series 5: Correspondence of Willie Mae Kountz, 1967-1979.],
[All]

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