John A. Pierce Oral History


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John A. Pierce Oral History


  • 4/3/1974 (Creation)


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(Circa 1925-2017)

Biographical history

John A. (Jack) Pierce earned his bachelor's and medical degrees at the University of Arkansas. He served a medical internship and residency in the U.S. Public Health Service at hospitals in Galveston, Texas, and New Orleans, before joining the faculty at the University of Arkansas in 1954. Pierce came to Washington University in 1967 as the first director of the Department of Medicine's Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He also served as chief of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

In 1984, Pierce was named the inaugural Selma and Herman Seldin Professor of Medicine. He became an emeritus professor in 1993, but he continued to work with medical students and trainees until shortly before his death. Pierce also launched and directed one of the first National Institutes of Health-sponsored pulmonary research training programs in the country. Under his guidance, the program produced several national leaders in pulmonary and critical care medicine.

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Pierce discusses the career of his colleague Alfred Goldman, a 1920 graduate of the Washington University School of Medicine and, for fifty years, a member of the clinical faculty of the school. Pierce describes some of Goldman’s early research on the effect of chilling on the development of upper respiratory disease, the physiology of hyperventilation, and tetany. Goldman’s great skill working and relating to both his patients and with students is described. Pierce comments on Goldman’s careful scholarship and tenacity as a researcher as well as his dedication to his family and to his patients. Interviewed by Darryl Podoll on April 3, 1974. OH014. Approximate Length 32 minutes.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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