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James Harvey Young Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS C 502

Abstract

James Harvey Young (b. 1915) is an internationally recognized authority on American food and drug regulation and the history of health quackery in the United States. The collection consists of the research correspondence that comprised Dr. Young's office files.

Dates

  • 1943-1997

Extent

4 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Creator

Physical Location

Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine

Language of Materials

Collection materials primarily in English

Restrictions

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Biographical Note

James Harvey Young (b. 1915) is an internationally recognized authority on American food and drug regulation and the history of health quackery in the United States. After earning his Masters degree and PhD at the University of Illinois, he became a professor at Emory University in 1941. While completing his nearly 40-year tenure at Emory, Dr. Young solidified his reputation by authoring such landmark books on the history of drug regulation and patent medicines as The Toadstool Millionaires (1961) and The Medical Messiahs (1967). During this period he also wrote about 100 articles for historical and medical history journals and reviewed more than 110 books published about American drug and medicine history.

Collection Summary

The collection is almost entirely correspondence with academic colleagues and research contacts at the FDA and medical associations. Among these were Oliver Field, of the American Medical Association, Louise Richards of the FDA and George Griffenhagen of the American Pharmaceutical Association. John Duffy and Rima Apple, historians specializing in medicine, were regularly consulted. Among Dr. Young's academic friends were Walter Rundell, Jr., Brooks McNamara, David Herbert Donald, James G. Burrow, Charles Jackson, Gerald Carson and Ann Beck.

The papers are arranged chronologically within each series, from 1943 through 1997, with a few folders devoted to particular correspondents or specifically oriented to drug research. Two small series are devoted to projects Dr. Young was instrumental in conducting: a special issue of the Emory University Quarterly and a symposium observing the 75th anniversary of the FDA at Emory University in 1981. Several folders hold writings and printed material that accrued with the correspondence.

Abstract

James Harvey Young (b. 1915) is an internationally recognized authority on American food and drug regulation and the history of health quackery in the United States. The collection consists of the research correspondence that comprised Dr. Young's office files.

Physical Location

Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine

Provenance

Gift of James H. Young, 1988, Accessions #516, 779, 2000-42.

General

Processed by
James Labosier
Processing completed
May 2001
Encoded by
John P. Rees
Title
Finding Aid to the James Harvey Young Papers, 1943-1997
Status
Unverified Partial Draft
Author
James Labosier
Date
February 2002
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English
Edition statement
Version 1.0

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Archives and Modern Manuscripts Collection Collecting Area

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