Ben H. Senturia Photographs and Artifacts

Four men at a party or reception. William P. Wherry and an unidentified man seated at a table. William P. Wherry and James Frederick McFadden, American Medical Association Annual Meeting, St. ... William P. Wherry and Ralph A. Fenton seated at a table. Annabelle and Terence Cawthorne, Collegium, England. Group portrait with Ben H. Senturia and six unidentified women. Unidentified woman and Ben H. Senturia. Two unidentified men and Ben H. Senturia at the 1st annual Milton Hellman Workshop, St. Louis, Mi... Man and woman shaking hands in front of a group of people at the 1st annual Milton Hellman Worksh... Ben H. Senturia speaking at the 1st annual Milton Hellman Workshop, St. Louis, Missouri. Two unidentified men and Ben H. Senturia at the 1st annual Milton Hellman Workshop, St. Louis, Mi... Group portrait of students, Washington University School of Medicine. Arthur Proetz and Ben H. Senturia seated at a desk. David A. Gee, Ben H. Senturia, and John M. Shoenberg on the front steps of the Shoenberg Research... Group portrait of instructors at the School of Aviation Medicine, Randolph Field, San Antonio, Te... Group portrait of the American Otological Society. Group portrait of the American Laryngological Association. Front view of a de Roaldes Gold Medal of the American Laryngological Association. Six women seated on a boat. Annabelle and Terence Cawthorne standing in front of a car.
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Ben H. Senturia Photographs and Artifacts


  • 1933-1965 (Creation)


1.7 cubic feet (4 boxes)

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Biographical history

Ben Senturia (1910-1982) was an otolaryngologist who began his practice in St. Louis in 1939. Senturia was educated at Washington University earning his A.B. in 1931 and his M.D. in 1935. After an internship at the St. Louis City Hospital and an additional internship and residency in otolaryngology at the McMillan-Barnes Hospital, Dr. Senturia joined the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine in 1938. He also worked with closely with Max Goldstein and Dr. Richard Silverman at the Central Institute for the Deaf. His World War II service was with the U.S. Air Force in the research section of the School of Aviation Medicine where he conducted major investigation in noise induced hearing loss and in the infections of the external ear.

After the war, Senturia taught medical students and graduate students and conducted major research programs in otolaryngology. His clinical and basic research in external otitis resulted in two textbooks and over 80 scientific papers. In 1952, he became director of the department of otolaryngology at the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis. He was also president of the American Otological Society from 1972-1973. Arthur Proetz appointed him associate editor of the Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology in 1958 and he became its editor in 1966.

Scope and content

This collection consists of 83 photographs, negatives, and artifacts related to Ben H. Senturia. Many of the photographs and all of the negatives depict unidentified men and women at meetings, conferences, and parties. Photographs also include group portraits with Ben H. Senturia, including groups at conferences, Senturia with classmates, and group portraits of Barnes Hospital medical staff. Artifacts include two human skulls, and a medal for a nasal speculum designed by Senturia.

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Some items have been previously removed from this collection, which has led to an incomplete sequence of numbered items.

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The collection is open and accessible for research.

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

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  • English

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  • Latin

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