Richards, Polk

Master pnID: 
AMH-PN3068
History of Arizona medicine; collections of Orville Harry Brown, M.D. [AHSL Special Collections WZ 70 AA7 H673]: 
volume 5, page(s) 324
Degree|Title|Profession: 
MD
Residence(s): 
Fort Defiance
See History of Arizona medicine; collections of Orville Harry Brown, M.D. [AHSL Special Collections WZ 70 AA7 H673].

J Am Med Assoc. 1912;LIX(13):1206: LITERATURE ON TRACHOMA. To the Editor: Kindly give me references to any recent literature on trachoma. Polk Richards, White Earth, Minn.
J Am Med Assoc. 1924;82(26):2128: Trachoma Campaign Among the Indians. A crusade to eradicate trachoma among the Indians of Arizona and New Mexico will be inaugurated, July 1, under the direction of a special physician of the Indian Office assisted by surgeons of the U. S. Public Health Service, it was announced at the Interior Department, June 17. The campaign known as the Southwestern Trachoma Campaign grew out of the recent trip made by Secretary of the Interior Work and Commissioner Charles H. Burke of the Bureau of Indian Affairs to survey health conditions among Southwestern Indians. A conference recently held between Dr. John McMullen, surgeon, U. S. Public Health Service, and a committee appointed by the Indian Office, resulted in the completion of plans. Dr. James S. Perkins, special physician in charge of the states of Arizona and New Mexico, will direct the movement to stamp out trachoma. Temporary trachoma hospitals will be established in Indian school buildings unoccupied during the vacation period. There will be three operating units that will go into the field, each headed by a special physician with a crew of Indian employees sufficient to carry on the work of examining and treating Indian patients suffering with trachoma efficiently and expeditiously. The three units will begin work at Fort Defiance on the Navajo jurisdiction and from there will proceed to other jurisdictions. Trachoma
nurses will be employed and assigned to various schools and stations for carrying out the after-treatments prescribed and all necessary medical supplies and equipment will be furnished by the Indian Office. Dr. Polk Richards, Fort Defiance, Ariz., has been designated as consulting ophthalmologist for the campaign, which is the first of its kind to be conducted by the government against trachoma among the Indians....
J Am Med Assoc. 1935;105(18):1438: ARIZONA. Trachoma Among the Indians. Dr. Polk Richards, medical director of trachoma activities for the Indian Service, conducted a trachoma institute at Fort Apache, October 4-11, for all physicians and nurses in the U. S. Indian Service doing trachoma work. Dr. Phillips Thygeson, assistant professor of ophthalmology, State University of Iowa College of Medicine, City, was the guest speaker. The service maintains a special school at Fort Apache for children with trachoma. There is an eighteen bed hospital for acute cases and operative work in connection with the school, in which there are 275 pupils.
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