MSS 2/0015-02						Acc. 1989-088

W. OSLER ABBOTT
(WILLIAM OSLER),
 1902-1943

Papers,
1931-1946

Box

 1	1. Abbott, W. Osler (William Osler), 1902-1943.
	   Technique book for small intestinal studies (disbound), 
	   1935-1941.		1 v.
	Includes outlines of proposed projects, experiments, 
	and procedures and descriptions of gastro intestinal tubes.


	2. Miller, T. Grier (Thomas Grier), 1886-1981.
	   Correspondence with W. Osler Abbott, 1931-1946.
	   3 f.
	Concerning Abbott's gastro intestinal research with 
	descriptions of projects and experiments; includes obituaries 
	of Abbott and related correspondence.


	3. Miller, T. Grier (Thomas Grier), 1886-1981.
	   Medical case file on W. Osler Abbott (no. 4796), 1934-1943.
	   5 f.
	Miller's file on Abbott as patient at Hospital of the University 
	of Pennsylvania.  Includes correspondence with physicians on 
	case; clinical charts and treatment sheets; case history; 
	autopsy report; and letters from Lucy Waldo Abbott concerning 
	Abbott's physical condition during final days. 
  
	4. American Board of Internal Medicine.
	   Correspondence with W. Osler Abbott, 1940-1943.    1 f.

  	Concerns certification examinations; includes lists of 
	publications.



1931-1946
1 box (.4 linear ft.)

8/19/1992
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MSS 2/0015-02						Acc. 1989-088

W. OSLER ABBOTT
(WILLIAM OSLER),
 1902-1943

Papers,
1931-1946

Biographical


William Osler Abbott was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, on 
July 26, 1902.  He was the son of a biologist, Alexander C. 
Abbott and Georgina Picton Osler, a niece of Sir William Osler. 
W. Osler Abbott, nicknamed "Pete", married Lucy Waldo in 1928. 
They had three children, Thomas William Osler, Ann Gatewood, 
and Lucy Featherstone.  On September 10, 1943, Abbott died of 
myelogenous leukemia at Waquoit, Massachusetts.


Abbott received his A.B. in 1925 and his M.D. in 1928 from the 
University of Pennsylvania.  He then served as an intern at 
the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and from1931 
to 1934, he had a part time affiliation with the Department 
of Pharmacology.  Abbott then became a member of the Gastro Intestinal 
Clinic at Penn.  At Penn, Abbott rose from Medical Fellow (1930-1931) 
to Instructor (1931-1937),then Associate (1937-1941) and finally, 
in 1941, he became an Assistant Professor of Medicine.  In the 
following year, Abbott entered the U.S. Army with the rank of 
major.  He was diagnosed as suffering from leukemia and then 
discharged. Abbott spent the remaining months of his life in 
leukemia research.


Most of Abbott's professional work and published writings concern 
his work with small intestinal intubation.  He began to work 
with T. Grier Miller at Penn in 1930.  In 1934, they developed 
the Miller Abbott Tube, a double lumen intestinal drainage tube 
for relief of distention.  Abbott also worked with Arthur Joy 
Rawson and created, in 1937, the Abbott Rawson Tube, a double barrelled 
gastroenterostomy tube for use in postoperative care.


Abbott was a member of several professional organizations including 
the Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Clinical 
and Climatological Association, the American Gastroenterological 
Association, the Association of American Physicians, the Pathological 
Society of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Physiological 
Society. he was elected to fellowship in the College of Physicians 
of Philadelphia in 1934.


Scope and contents


This small collection of W. Osler Abbott material, 1931-1946, 
assembled from several sources, documents his work with T. Grier 
Miller on intestinal intubation and treatment for myelogenous 
leukemia and death in 1943.


The collection includes W. Osler Abbott's technique book, 1935-1941, 
describing projects, experiments, and intestinal intubation 
devices from the Gastro Intestinal Section of the Medical Clinic 
of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; T. Grier 
Miller's correspondence with Abbott concerning his personal 
life, research projects, and experiments, 1931-1946; Miller's 
file on Abbott as a patient at the Hospital of the University 
of Pennsylvania, 1934-1943, documenting the treatment for Abbott's 
myelogenous leukemia, with clinical charts, correspondence, Abbott's full 
case history and autopsy report, and letters describing his 
deteriorating physical condition during the last weeks of his 
life; and one folder of Abbott's correspondence with the American 
Board of Internal Medicine concerning certification examinations.

Provenance

The W. Osler Abbott technique book and the T. Grier Miller correspondence 
and medical case files on W. Osler Abbott were given by Miller 
to Francis C. Wood in 1972.  The American Board of Internal 
Medicine correspondence file was given to Francis C. Wood by 
authority of the Board.  Dr.Wood offered the collection to 
Lucy Waldo Abbott in 1974, but Mrs. Abbott refused the material. 
The entire collection was then donated to the Historical Collections 
of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia by Francis C. Wood 
in conjunction with a gift of his personal and professional papers 
in 1989.


The collection was processed and catalogued in 1992.



1931-1946
1 box (.4 linear ft.)

8/19/1992
je