Collection FC086 - Frederick J. Taussig Reprints


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Frederick J. Taussig Reprints


  • 1913-1943 (Creation)


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Biographical history

Dr. Frederick J. Taussig was a gynecologist and professor of clinical obstetrics at Washington University Medical School who became a mentor to generations of students beginning in 1907. He earned an A.B. at Harvard in 1893 and an M.D. in 1898 at St. Louis Medical College, a forerunner of the Washington University Medical Department. After an internship at the St. Louis City Hospital for Women where he was also assistant superintendent, Taussig interned in gynecology at the Imperial and Royal Elizabeth Hospital in Vienna from 1901 to 1902. He was one of a number of St. Louis doctors in private practice at the turn of the century who were concerned about the large number of indigent patients riddled with cancer that were unable to get treatment and hospital beds. These doctors banded together to treat indigent patients and encouraged George D. Barnard to provide funds for the Barnard Free Skin and Cancer Hospital. Dr. Taussig wrote a large number of clinical research papers drawn from the careful case records of patients he saw at Barnard Free Skin and Cancer Hospital, Washington University Hospital, St. Louis City Hospital, St. Louis Maternity Hospital, the New Jewish Hospital, and Barnes Hospital.

According to E.V.Cowdry, his colleague at Barnard Hospital, Fred J. Taussig's most significant publication was his book, Abortion, spontaneous and induced: medical and social aspects (1936), 'a classic recognized by medical men and sociologists alike.' Cowdry also observed the boundless energy Taussig brought to directing medical activities of Barnard Hospital at St. Louis and the State Cancer Hospital at Columbia, in addition to private practice, teaching, and research. With Robert Crossen, Frances Stewart, and Lesley Patton, Fred J. Taussig organized the first contraceptive clinic in St. Louis in 1933. The clinic was called the Maternal Health Association of Missouri until about 1943 when the name changed to the Planned Parenthood Clinic of Missouri. He also served on the board of directors at the National Committee on Maternal Health and the National Committee for Maternal Welfare.

Scope and content

The Frederick J. Taussig Reprints are a collection of 36 scientific articles authored by Fred J. Taussig. The major subjects covered in Dr. Taussig’s articles include abortion and cancer of the vulva, cervix and vagina. Many of the articles contain case studies of patients seen at Barnard Free Skin and Cancer Hospital, St. Louis City Hospital, Washington University Hospital, and Barnes Hospital.

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Conditions governing access

The collection is open and accessible for research.

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Conditions governing reproduction

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.

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Preferred Citation:

Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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Custodial history

The reprints were a gift from Thomas Hall of the Washington University Department of Biology in 1986. Mary T. Hall, his wife, was the daughter of Fred J. and Florence Taussig.

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Related archival materials

Four books by Frederic J. Taussig are included in the rare book collections of the Bernard Becker Medical Library.

Photographs and other material on Frederick J. Taussig are in his wife’s papers, the Florence Taussig Papers at the Western Historical Manuscript Collection, University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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"Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS), 2013."

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