Guide to the George Edward Burch Papers

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0316
Creators:
Burch, George Edward, Dr., 1910-1986 (physician)
Science, Technology, and Culture, Division of NMAH, SI
Dates:
1984-1986
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
0.6 Cubic feet
2 boxes
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
These papers mainly comprise technical notes, diagrams and correspondence relating to and records of laboratory performance of the "two pump heart model". The notes cover the period 1984 1986 and seem to at least in part reflect work of J. Ralph Millet, presumably a technician in Dr. Burch's laboratory. Mr Millet signed the correspondence sent from the lab. Also included are photographs (prints and negatives) of the artificial heart apparatus. A file of reprints of articles from professional journals relating to heart function includes both U.S. and foreign sources.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Dr. George Edward Burch (1910 1986), a native of Louisiana, was the oldest of 8 children born to a general practioner in a small farming community. He took his university training and medical degree at Tulane, graduating in 1933. Following post graduate work at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and at Rockefeller Institute, in 1947 he became Henderson Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Tulane. He held this position until 1975 when he retired and became Emeritus Henderson Professor of Medicine. An authority in clinical cardiology, Dr. Burch was a prolific writer in his field authoring or co authoring 12 books and more than 800 published articles over a 50 year period. He did important and innovative research on many aspects of the cardiovascular system, devising his own apparatus for clinical studies when necessary. He had the first AEC license to use radioisotopes on people and worked closely with the National Bureau of Standards to establish safe levels for their use. He did ground breaking experimental work on the role of viruses in causing cardiovascular diseases. At Tulane, the medical department flourished under his leadership and he served as editor in chief of the American Heart Journal, 1959 1980.
Dr. Burch died at home one day after experiencing a myocardial infarction and refusing to be hospitalized, thus fulfilling his own earlier stated preference to "die fast and die at home."

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Don Darroch, 1988.
Author
Don Darroch
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by George Edward Burch and Vivian Burch, 1988.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
George Edward Burch Papers, 1984-1986, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Custodial History
Custodial History
Transferred from the Division of Science, Technology, and Culture to the Archives Center on october 4, 1988.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Medicine -- Research Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Physicians Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Cardiovascular system Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Cardiology Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Heart, Artificial Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Science, Technology, and Culture, Division of NMAH, SI Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tulane University Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives