Collection FC098 - Joseph C. Edwards Papers


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Joseph C. Edwards Papers


  • 1944-1992 (Creation)
  • 1944-1992 (Creation)


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Biographical history

Joseph C. Edwards was a St. Louis cardiologist and world-renowned expert on high blood pressure. He practiced in St. Louis for over 50 years, and is best known for his 1960 book, Management of Hypertensive Diseases, which became a popular reference text for doctors in the country.

Edwards received his degrees from the University of Oklahoma and Harvard University Medical School (1934), and later worked with Paul Dudley White at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In 1939, Washington University hired Edwards as the Eli Lilly Fellow in Pneumonia, which began his medical career in St. Louis. He reached the rank of assistant professor of clinical medicine, which he served as until 1960. During WWII, Edwards was the chief of cardiovascular medicine at the 21st General Hospital in Rouen, France, for which he received a Legion of Merit due to his superior work in soldier care and clinical research.

In addition to his role at Washington University School of Medicine, Edwards was a director for the High Blood Pressure Clinic at St. Luke's Hospital, president of the St. Louis Medical Society, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He passed away in 1994.

Scope and content

Collection includes information regarding the Barnes Hospital-Joseph C. Edwards' Fund for the Care of Patients, including copies of Edwards' "The Art of Medicine, Part I: interpersonal relations between patient and doctor, and Part II: interpersonal relations between patient and hospital" (8 leaves) and "The Care of the Patient and the Art of Medicine, Part II: the cost of medical care" (23 leaves). Also included are materials relating to Dr. Edwards' service in World War II in General Hospital 21 and an undated curriculum vitae.

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The collection is open and accessible for research.

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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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Immediate source of acquisition

Gift; Becker Library copy:Joseph C. Edwards, M.D.; 1990; (91-019).

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

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© Copyright 2019 Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives. All rights reserved.

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