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Title: Valentina Suntzeff PapersAdd to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1911-1972

ID: FC/FC020

Extent: 1.5 Linear Feet

Biographical/Historical Note

Valentina Davidovna Suntzeff (1891-1975) was born on February 28, 1891 in Kazan, Russia. She began studying medicine in 1911 at the Women’s Medical Institute in Petrograd (St. Petersburg). After her second year of medical school, she married Alexander Suntzeff, a mechanical engineering student. Despite taking a year off from school following the birth of her daughter Ludmilla, Suntziff was able to graduate in 1917.

Upon graduation, the Suntzeffs moved to Perm, Russia where she found her first job working in a hospital at an ammunition plant. During World War I, Suntzeff worked as a physician in the Russian Army and she served as the Physician-in-Chief of an isolation hospital for infectious diseases. Suntzeff continued living in Perm until the violent Bolshevik Revolution forced her family to evacuate the city. In August 1920, the Suntzeffs emigrated to Manchuria where she worked as a physician at the Central Hospital in Harbin, China. The Suntzeffs spent three years waiting for the situation in their home country to improve. With little hope of ever being able to return to a normal life in Russia, the Suntzeffs made the decision to move to the United States in 1923. As Suntzeff explains in her autobiography, “If you asked me why we decided to go to the United States, the answer is the pursuit of individual freedom which did not exist in Russia either before or after the Revolution.”

In 1923, Suntzeff and her family sailed to Seattle having only $12.00 in their possession. Eventually settling in San Francisco, neither Suntzeff nor her husband could find work in their chosen fields. Instead of continuing her medical career, Suntzeff was forced to work at a sewing factory to make ends meet. After spending four years in San Francisco, Suntzeff’s husband was finally able to find a job as a mechanical engeineer at a match factory in St. Louis. Suntzeff however continued to struggle with finding work as a physician. In her autobiograhy, she attributes this problem to her “broken English and being a woman.”

Finally in 1930, after being out of the medical field for nearly eight years, Suntzeff accepted a job as a volunteer researcher in the Pathology Department of the Washington University School of Medicine. After only three months working as a volunteer, she joined the staff as a Research Assistant in Pathology. In 1941, Suntzeff transferred to the Department of Anatomy when she became a Research Associate in Cancer Research, and in 1958, a Research Associate Professor. Suntzeff and her colleages researched cancer of the skin. Her collaboration with biochemist Christopher Carruthers led to their discovery of a fundamental difference between the chemical composition of cancerous and normal tissues.

Suntzeff retired as Research Associate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer in Anatomy in 1960, but she continued to carry on cancer research for another 15 years. During her career, she authored or co-authored over 90 scientific publications.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The majority of this collection is comprised of Dr. Suntzeff’s reprints. Also included in this collection are photographs and various items relating to her personal and professional life. Dr. Suntzeff’s autobiography (Series 4) is a particularly interesting piece that is very telling of her experiences as a female doctor both in Russia and the United States.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: The collection is open and accessible for research.

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection should read and abide by the Rights and Permissions guidelines at the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives.

Users of the collection who wish to cite items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication must request, sign, and return a Statement of Use form to the Archives.

For detailed information regarding use of this collection, contact the Archives and Rare Book Department of the Becker Library (arb@wusm.wustl.edu).

Related Materials:

The Valentina Suntzeff Photographs collection (VC100) is also available in the Bernard Becker Medical Library.

Biography

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


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Reprints of Dr. Suntzeff.],
[Series 2: Reprints of Dr. Suntzeff's colleagues.],
[Series 3: Newspaper Clippings.],
[Series 4: Dr. Suntzeff's Autobiography.],
[Series 5: Photographs.],
[Series 6: Personal Papers.],
[Series 7: Miscellaneous.],
[Series 8: Bibliographic Cards.],
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Series 2: Reprints of Dr. Suntzeff's colleagues.Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Aldrich, C. Anderson. "Ancient processes in a scientific age, feeding aspects." American Journal of Diseases of Children 64: 714-722, Oct. 1942.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Anderson, George K. "The importance of protein in diet therapy." The Journal of the American Dietetic Association 21: No. 7, 436-439, July 1945.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Bergmann, W. "Local increase of pigmentation in the skin of CBA mice by the application of benzene." Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine 11: No 1, Oct. 1938.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Blumenthal, Herman T. "Organismal differentials: further investigations of their effects on the distribution of leukocytes in the circulating blood." Archives of Pathology 31: 259-303, March 1941.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Cicero, T. J., Cowan, W. M., Moore, B. W. "Changes in the concentration of the two brain specific proteins, S-100 and 14-3-2, during the developments of the avian optic tectum." Brain Research, 24: 1-10, 1970.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Cowdry, E. V. "The new public health." The Scientific Monthly 55: 355-360, 1942. [and] Cowdry, E.V., and Ruangsiri, C. "Influence of promin, startch, and heptaldehyde on experimental leprosy in rats." Archives of Pathology 32: 632-640, 1941.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Crossen, Robert J. "Wide colonization of the cervix." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 57: No. 1, 187-206, Jan. 1949. [and] Crossen, Robert J. "The cancer potential in involuting organs." Read at the 79th annual session of the Nebraska State Medical Association in Omaha, May 1947.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Felsher, Zachary. "Studies on the adherence of the epidermis to the corium." Journal of Investigative Dermatology 8, No. 1, 1947.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Gordon, Harry H. "Feeding of premature infants. A comparison of human and cow's milk." American Journal of the Diseases of Children 73, No. 4: April 1947.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Hamburger, V. "Development of the nervous system." Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 55: 117-132, 1952.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Ishidate, Morizo. "Experimental studies on chemotherapy of malignant growth employing yoshida sarcoma animals." Proceedings of the Japan Academy 27, No. 8: 1951.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Levi-Montalcini, Rita. "Effects of mouse tumor transplantation on the nervous system." Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 55: 330-343, 1952.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Loeb, Leo "The biological basis of individuality." Science 86: 1-5, July, 1937. [and] Loeb, Leo. "Comparison of the reactions against heterotransplanted tissues in different kinds of hosts." Biological Bulletin 68, No.  3: 1935.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Lewisohn, R. "Prevention of tumor growth (carcinoma 2163) by intravenous injections of yeast and vitamins" Science 94: 70-71, July 1941.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: MacCardle, Ross C., Engman, Martin F., Engman, Martin F. "Histology of neurodermatitis" Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology 44: 161-189, 1941. [and] Maccardle, Ross C., Engman, Martin F., Engman, Martin F. "Spectrographic anlysis of neurodermatitic lesions: a human magnesium deficiency."  Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology 44: 429-440, 1941.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Moog, Florence. "The differentiation of enzymes in relation to the functional activities of the developing embryo." Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 55: 57-66, 1952.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Moore, Mooris. "Mycotic granulomata of north and south America." Proceedings of the Sixth Pacific Science Congress. Vol. 5. Held at Berkeley, Stanford, and San Francisco, July 24 to August 12, 1939.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Parfentjev, I. A. “Calcium and nitrogen content in urine of normal and cancer mice.” Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine 29: 1285-1286, 1932. [and] Parfentjev, I. A., Suntzeff, V. D., and Devrient, W. K. “The influence of various preparations of lactic acid and sugars on the growth of transplanted tumors.” The American Journal of Cancer 20, No. 1: January 1934. [and] Parfentjev, I. A., Goodline, M. A., and Clapp, F. L. “Preparation and Properties of a dry powdered mixture of sulfanilamide and hemostatic globulin.” Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine 28: 1465-1467. Sept. 1943.Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Scott, Gordon H. "the spectrographic analysis of biological materials." The Anatomical Record 64: No. 1, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Seelig, M. G. "Medical progress in the last hundred years." Science 86: 275-279, 1937. [and] Seeling, M. G. "Yesteryears in review." Journal of the Missouri State Medical Association 144-147, May 1943.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Silberberg, Martin. "Effects of Syngenesiortransplants and of extracts of the anterior lobe of the bovine hypophysis on the age changes in the long bones and joints of mice." The American Journal of Pathology 17: 189-210, 1941.  [and] Silberberg, Martin. "The Causes and Mechanism of Thrombosis." Physiological Reviews 18, No. 2, 1938.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Simpson, Walter M. "Progress in cancer research." American Journal of Clinical Pathology 17, No. 7: July 1947.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Stowell, Robert E. "Nucleic acids in human tumors", Cancer Research 6, No. 8: Aug. 1946. [and] Stowell, Robert E., and Stokes, J. M. "Glyoxal and furfural as substitutes for formaldehyde in tissue fixation." Journal of Technical Methods and Bulletin of the International Association of Medical Museums, No. 24, 1944.Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Tui, C. "Studies on Surgical Convalescence." Annals of Surgery 120, No. 1: July 1944.Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Van Dyke, John H. "Behavior of ultimobrachial tissue in the postnatal thyroid gland: epithelia cysts, their relation to thyroid parenchyma and to 'new-growths' in the thyroid gland of young sheep." American Journal of Anatomy 76, No. 2: 1945.Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Van Ebbenhorst Tengbergen, Wilhelmina. "Lethality and Abnormal condition of the pelage of the latvian mouse (Dominant-naked)." Genetica 21: 369-385, 1939.Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Voegtlin, Carl. "Possibilities for improved therapy for cancer patients." Journal for the National Cancer Institute 1: 585-598, 1941.Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Wicks, L. F. "A cheaper nesslers reagent by the use of mercuric oxide." Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine 27: 118-122, 1941. [and] "On the purification of gum ghatti." Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine 28: 349-353. 1942.Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Yoshida, Tomizo. "Studies on an ascites (reticuloendothelial cell) sarcoma of the rat." Journal of the National Cancer Institute 12: 947-969, 1952. [and] Yoshida, Tomizo. "Origin of the Yoshida Sarcoma." The proceedings of the Japan Academy 27, No. 8: 1951.Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Reprints of Dr. Suntzeff.],
[Series 2: Reprints of Dr. Suntzeff's colleagues.],
[Series 3: Newspaper Clippings.],
[Series 4: Dr. Suntzeff's Autobiography.],
[Series 5: Photographs.],
[Series 6: Personal Papers.],
[Series 7: Miscellaneous.],
[Series 8: Bibliographic Cards.],
[All]

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