Collection VC176 - Robert E. Shank Photographs, Certificates, and Artifacts

Certificate of Appreciation presented to Robert E. Shank, member of the National Advisory, Child ... Group portrait of the twenty-sixth meeting of the National Advisory, Child Health and Human Devel... Group portrait of the twenty-fourth meeting of the National Advisory, Child Health and Human Deve... View of a meeting, likely a meeting of the National Advisory, Child Health and Human Development ... Certificate of Service, The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. Certificate of Service, The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. Certificate of Service, The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. Group portrait of Robert E. Shank with seventeen men. Composite photograph showing views of the David P. Wohl, Jr. Memorial Hospital and Clinic. Exterior view of the David P. Wohl, Jr. Memorial Hospital and Clinic. Robert E. Shank and Elwood Speckmann at an American Public Health Association Meeting, Miami Beac...

Description

Reference code

VC176

Level of description

Collection

Title

Robert E. Shank Photographs, Certificates, and Artifacts

Date(s)

  • 1967-1982 (Creation)

Extent

0.05 Linear Feet

Name of creator

(1914-2000)

Biographical history

Robert E. Shank (1914-2000) was a graduate of Washington University School of Medicine, Class of 1939, and a resident at Barnes Hospital (1939-1940) and at St. Louis Isolation Hospital (1941). In late 1941 he became an assistant in research and resident physician at the hospital of the Rockefeller Institute in New York. While retaining these positions, Shank entered the U.S. Navy in 1942 and was assigned to the hospital's Naval Research Unit. Returning to civilian life in 1946, he became an associate of the New York Public Health Research Institute. In 1948 Shank was called to his alma mater in 1948 to become Danforth Professor of Medicine and head of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health.

As head of Preventive Medicine, Shank brought a new research emphasis to his department, that being nutrition studies. He contributed to many projects in this specialty of national and international importance. He was particularly associated with the formation of standards for minimum dietary allowances by the National Research Council Food and Nutrition Board. He served as a consultant to the U.S. Public Health Service, the Interdepartmental Committee on Nutrition for National Defense, the Pan American Health Organization, and several food industry associations. Under his leadership, the scope of the department broadened to include work in rehabilitation, health maintenance organizations, biostatistics, applied physiology, and lipid research.

Shank became professor emeritus in 1981. He proved to be the last regular head of the department: after five years under interim leadership, Preventive Medicine and Public Health was discontinued in January 1987 and its faculty and programs assigned to other departments, notably Internal Medicine.

Scope and content

This collection consists of 11 photographs and certificates from the professional career of Robert E. Shank, including certificates of appreciation from the National Advisory, Child Health and Human Development Council and The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. Photographs include group portraits from National Advisory meetings and views of the David P. Wohl, Jr. Memorial Hospital and Clinic.

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The collection is open and accessible for research.

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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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