Jean H. Thurston Papers


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Jean H. Thurston Papers



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Jean H. Thurston was a pediatric neurologist who worked at St. Louis Children's Hospital. She was been a pioneer in her field, particularly in the studies of childhood seizure disorders. She was among the first to perform the first systematic studies of anticonvulsant withdrawal in infants and children, and developed the guidelines that are used as the basis in present-day treatment.

Jean Holowach began her medical studies with an M.D. at the University of Alberta in Canada, but moved to St. Louis to complete her training with a fellowship in pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in 1945. Thurston became an instructor in the Department of Pediatrics in 1949, and was promoted to assistant professor in 1954 and associate professor in 1965. She finally reached full professorship in 1975, and also became a professor of neurology with the specialization of neurochemistry in 1982.

In addition to her career at Washington University, Thurston founded the Pediatric Convulstion Clinic in 1950 and served as its director for its first twelve years. She also served as a consultant for the State of Missouri Rheumatic Fever Program from 1949 to 1954 and directed the State of Missouri Premature Program from 1949 to 1961. Due to her numerous contributions to pediatric research, Thurston received the Fomon-Peterson Founders Award from the Midwest Society for Pediatric Research in 1990 and the lifetime achievement award from the Child Neurology Society in 2004.

Jean Holowach married Donald L. Thurston, M.D, in 1949. The two met in the 1945 in the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University. They were collaborators in many research projects.

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The Jean H. Thurston Papers include a curriculum vitae and reprints, 1958-1993

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  • English

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  • Latin

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Gift, 26 April 1993, Stephen M. Rothman, Division of Pediatric Neurology,, Accession 93-057, to Marion Hunt, Ph.D.

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Transfer, 30 April 1993, 1993-057, Marion Hunt, PhD, Assistant Director, Humanities in Medicine ProgramMarion Hunt, : FC111 (Jean Holowach Thurston papers): Curriculum vitae and published research papers, 1958-1993. One file.

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