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Persons in Arizona Medical History

Persons in Arizona Medical History is a compilation of nearly 4,000 persons with a connection to the history of medicine in Arizona or, in some cases, to other areas of the American Southwest and border region.  Most the persons lived sometime between the mid-1800s and the end of the 20th century, although here too there are some exceptions.  Many were physicians or other health care professionals, but individuals in other professions and occupations with connections to Arizona’s medical history appear as well.

Many of the entries are brief – in some cases all that is known is the person’s name and where the name appears – while others are longer and include interesting detail.

When information is available, entries include a person's name, residencyprofession, title or degree and a note field.  In addition, it is noted when a person is included in the History of Arizona medicine; collections of Orville Harry Brown, M.D. (see below).

For a variety of reasons it is not uncommon to find variations in how a person’s name is spelled.  In most cases, the most complete form of the name is selected as the main entry. Great pains have been taken to determine when different forms of a name refer to the same person. Occasionally more than one person have the same name.  Here too, to the extent possible, we have tried to differentiate which references refer to which person.  When there is uncertainty, this too is noted.

Although names were culled from dozens of places, the following publications were the richest sources:

  • Arizona Medical Association : the first hundred years, 1892-1991. Kennedy, John W. Flagstaff, Ariz. : Heritage Publishers, 1993.
  • Arizona, prehistoric, aboriginal, pioneer, modern; the nation's youngest commonwealth within a land of ancient culture. McClintock, James H. Chicago: The S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1916 (aka Arizona, the Youngest State), volume 3 (Biographical), pages 205-206.
  • Douglas' first physicians. Hayostek, Cindy. Haystack Publications, Douglas, Arizona, 2011.
  • History of Arizona medicine; collections of Orville Harry Brown, M.D.
  • History of Arizona, volumes 3 & 4 (Arizona biography). Sloan, Richard E. Phoenix, Record Pub. Co., 1930.
  • History of homÅ“opathy and its institutions In America. King, William Harvey. Lewis Pub. Co., 1905.
  • JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association [obituaries]
  • Medicine in territorial Arizona. Quebbeman, Frances E. Phoenix, Arizona Historical Foundation, 1966.
  • Mile hi docs. Phillips, Melvin W. Prescott, AZ : [M & J Pub. Co.], 1996.
  • Minutes of the Pima County Medical Society, 1904-1954.
  • Something more: osteopathic medicine in southern Arizona. Johnson, Scott. Tucson, Ariz. : Osteopathic Press, 1992.

The Arizona Biographical Database of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records was also a helpful resource.


Last updated Oct 21, 2014 by dpiper