A Guide to the Papers of Dr. Lewis Hinton Bosher, Jr., 1891-1994 Bosher, Lewis Hinton, Jr., Papers of 1997/Jul/8

A Guide to the Papers of Dr. Lewis Hinton Bosher, Jr., 1891-1994

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Papers of Dr. Lewis Hinton Bosher, Jr. 1891-1994
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Bosher, Lewis Hinton, Jr.

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Gift of Lewis Hinton Bosher, Jr.

Biographical Information

Dr. Lewis Hinton Bosher, Jr. (b. 1914)

Lewis Hinton Bosher, Jr. was born in Richmond, Virginia on January 19, 1914 to Lewis Hinton Bosher (1884-1980) and Roberta Ashby Smith Bosher (1886-1973). He attended St. Christopher's School in Richmond and then the University of Virginia (UVA) where he received a B.S. degree in 1936. At UVA he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and The Raven Society. Bosher pursued his medical education at Harvard Medical School and was awarded his M.D. in 1940.

The U.S. entered World War II while Bosher was serving as an assistant resident in surgery at Bellevue Hospital. He joined the Army Medical Corps in 1942, and was assigned to several stateside station hospitals from 1942-1943. In 1944, he was sent to Europe where he served in the First General Hospital until 1944, and then the Fourth Auxiliary Surgical Group. His final transfer was in 1945 to McGuire General Hospital in Virginia. The Army discharged Bosher in 1946 with the rank of Major.

After Bosher was discharged from the Army he served a surgical residency at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) from 1946 to 1947. He then pursued additional postdoctoral training in general surgery at the Lahey Clinic in Massachusetts and thoracic surgery at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Bosher returned to MCV in 1950 as an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery. He was promoted to associate professor in 1954 and to full professor in 1974. Bosher retired from academic medicine in 1979 and began a private practice. Bosher partnered with Dr. Harold Jay Levinson to establish cardiac surgery programs at Chippenham and Henrico Doctors' Hospitals. Bosher Auditorium in Chippenham Hospital is named in his honor.

Bosher spent the majority of his career at MCV and received high praise from numerous colleagues for his solid teaching abilities, commitment to the profession, and care and compassion for his patients. However, his tenure at MCV was not without some controversy. Dr. Isaac A. Bigger, head of the Department of Surgery, established a division of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery and made Bosher chief of the division. Bigger died in 1955 and was replaced by Dr. David Hume. Bosher did not always agree with Hume's administrative decisions and they became embroiled in a protracted conflict when Hume abolished Bosher's division in 1958. The Board of Visitors had never formalized Bigger's creation of the division, so Hume interpreted this to mean it never officially existed. The conflict appeared to be resolved in 1962 when the Board admonished Bosher for his defiance of Hume's authority, but they recognized Bosher's authority in the area of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. Bosher was made chair of the section of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery in 1962. However in 1964 Hume decided to replace the section with a division of thoracic and cardiac surgery and appointed Dr. Richard Lower chair rather than Bosher.

Bosher maintained membership in numerous honorary, professional, and scientific societies including American Association for Thoracic Surgery, American College of Cardiology, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Surgeons, American Heart Associations, American Medical Association, American Society for Artificial internal Organs, International Cardiovascular Society, Medical Society of Virginia, New York Academy of Science, Richmond Academy of Medicine, Richmond Area Heart Association (board of directors, president, 1961-1962), Society for Vascular Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Southern Surgical Association, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association (president, 1963-1964), Virginia Academy of Science, Virginia Heart Association (board of directors), Virginia Surgical Society, and Virginia Thoracic Society. Bosher also served as associate editor (1952-1953) and editor (1954-1955) of Virginia Medical Monthly.

Bosher married Blanche Kenny Smith of Bourbon County, Kentucky in 1947. They had four children.

Dr. Lewis C. Bosher (1860-1920)

Lewis Crenshaw Bosher, a physician and medical professor, was born on February 17, 1860 in Richmond, Virginia to Robert H. Bosher and Elizabeth Eubank Bosher. Bosher earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) in 1883 and received postgraduate training in surgery at Mount Sinai and Bellevue Hospitals in New York. Bosher returned to MCV in 1884 serving as demonstrator of anatomy. He was promoted to professor of anatomy and clinical lecturer on genito-urinary surgery in 1888, professor of the practice of surgery and clinical surgery in 1896, and professor of surgery in 1897. In 1910 Bosher chaired a joint committee whose purpose was to negotiate the merger of the University College of Medicine with MCV, which occurred in 1913. After the merger Bosher accepted the newly created position of professor of genito-urinary surgery.

Bosher was very active in the Richmond medical community. He maintained a private practice while on the faculty at MCV. In 1893 he served as deputy coroner of Richmond. He also chaired the hospital committee for Old Dominion Hospital in the late 1890s, assisted in the planning of Memorial Hospital which opened in 1903, and was a cofounder of Stuart Circle Hospital in 1913. Bosher was also engaged in several professional societies. He served as president of the Richmond Academy of Medicine and Surgery, 1901-1902, first vice president of the Medical Society of Virginia, 1904-1905, and president of the Southern Surgical and Gynecological Association in 1905.

Health problems led Bosher to resign from his faculty position at MCV in March of 1916. He passed away in his Richmond, Virginia home on September 12, 1920 and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery. Bosher never married. He was the great uncle of Lewis H. Bosher (b. 1914), also a physician and faculty member at MCV.

Dr. Isaac A. Bigger (1893-1955)

Isaac Alexander Bigger was born in Bethel, South Carolina on June 25, 1893. He was one of five children born to Isaac A. and Mary Neel Johnston Bigger. He attended Erskine College for one year and then transferred to Davidson College. He entered the University of Virginia (UVA) in 1914 for medical school. Bigger suffered from bronchial asthma and this ailment combined with injuries sustained during a sleepwalking incident slowed his medical education. He eventually graduated from UVA in 1919.

Bigger was on the surgical staff of both UVA and Vanderbilt University before he came to the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) in 1930. He was appointed the first full time professor of surgery at MCV. Bigger was a noted surgeon who developed many surgical innovations while working tirelessly with students, residents, and patients. He contributed over fifty articles to medical literature and coauthored Operative Surgery with J. Shelton Horsley in 1937.

Bigger's health began to deteriorate in 1953. He was hospitalized several times and eventually died of complications resulting from his asthma in 1955. The Isaac A. Bigger Medal, presented to a surgical resident for integrity, leadership, teaching, and clinical ability is awarded annually in memory of Dr. Bigger at the VCU Medical Center.

Scope and Content

The papers of Dr. Lewis H. Bosher are primarily items relating to his professional work as a surgeon and a member of the faculty at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV).The majority of his papers is made up of correspondence and also includes some journal articles, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Bosher's papers also contains materials he collected to write a biographical sketch of fellow surgeon Dr. Isaac A. Bigger, and items from his great uncle, Dr. Lewis C. Bosher, including his lecture notes from 1905.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1945-1994. This series is comprised of correspondence that Bosher exchanged with numerous colleagues regarding the practice of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. Often they are trading information on techniques and problems as well as discussing various types of equipment used in surgery such as oxygenators and coronary perfusion pumps. Also there is correspondence with medical supply companies, other hospitals, and various medical organizations with whom Bosher was involved.

Series 2: Professional Papers, 1936-1979. This series is composed of materials such as Bosher's curriculum vitae, employment information from MCV and McGuire Veteran's Hospital, journal articles, lectures, presentations, reports, and unpublished works.

Series 3: MCV Papers, 1949-1979. This series is composed primarily of correspondence and related materials pertaining to Bosher's tenure at MCV. Of particular interest are the three folders of correspondence labeled "Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 1949-1979." It spans Bosher's entire career at MCV and provides insight into the evolution of that service.

Series 4: Subject Files, 1951-1979. These files contain correspondence, data, and notes maintained by Bosher on subjects that related to his work in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery.

Series 5: Bigger Biographical Sketch Project, 1923-1987. The American Association for Thoracic Surgery asked Bosher to write a biographical sketch of Dr. Isaac A. Bigger. This series contains the research conducted by Bosher to complete the sketch. Items include correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues of Bigger, copies of his medical articles, and information gleaned from other sources such as newspapers and organizations to which Bigger belonged. Two copies of the completed sketch and the accompanying appendix are also included in the series.

Series 6: Dr. Lewis C. Bosher Materials, 1891-1986. Items in this series belonged to Lewis C. Bosher, great uncle of Lewis H. Bosher. He was a Richmond physician and on the faculty of MCV. This series includes Bosher's lecture notes on genito-urinary surgery, venereal disease, and special fractures, journal articles, and miscellaneous items relating to MCV.

Series 7: Miscellaneous Materials. This series contains an unpublished manuscript on the subject of angiorraphy. Based on the citations it appears to have been written circa 1913. The title page is missing and there is no indication of who is the author.


The papers are divided into 7 series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1945-1994 Series 2: Professional Papers, 1936-1979 Series 3: MCV Papers, 1949-1979 Series 4: Subject Files, 1951-1979 Series 5: Bigger Biographical Sketch Project, 1923-1987 Series 6: Dr. Lewis C. Bosher Materials, 1891-1986 Series 7: Miscellaneous Materials, circa 1913

Efforts have been made to maintain the original file organization. Numerous files labeled "miscellaneous" were merged with the existing files and some similar files, such as those on thoracic and cardiovascular surgery, were merged together. Files are arranged alphabetically within each series and materials within the files are arranged chronologically where applicable.

Contents List

Series 1: Correspondence, 1945-1994
Boxes: 1-2

The files in this series are arranged with correspondence to individuals appearing first and correspondence with corporate entities appearing next.

  • Box-folder 1:1
    Alford, William C., 1966-1967
  • Box-folder 1:2
    Ashworth, John Sheriden, 1955, 1960
  • Box-folder 1:3
    Atkins, Delores M., 1956-1957
  • Box-folder 1:4
    Bailey, Charles P., 1956-1978
  • Box-folder 1:5
    Beall, David, 1975-1982

    Re: Surgical assistant

  • Box-folder 1:6
    Beatty, Arch J., 1960
  • Box-folder 1:7
    Bigger, Isaac A., 1945-1954
  • Box-folder 1:8
    Boyd, David P., 1963-1965
  • Box-folder 1:9
    Brooks, James W., 1955-1974

    Re: Recruitment of Dr. Brooks.

  • Box-folder 1:10
    Brown, Ivan W., 1956
  • Box-folder 1:11
    Burford, Thomas H., 1955
  • Box-folder 1:12
    Burns, Nora, 1970-1971

    Re: Tube fabric oxygenator.

  • Box-folder 1:13
    Cardwell, C.P., 1951-1966
  • Box-folder 1:14
    Carter, Roy, 1960-1961

    Re: Norland Fund request for medical equipment.

  • Box-folder 1:15
    Cheng, Huan-Chen, 1958-1978

    Re: Correspondence and inquiries.

  • Box-folder 1:16
    Clark, Charles N., 1974-1976

    Re: Physician's assistant recruitment.

  • Box-folder 1:17
    Clark, Leland C., Jr., 1951-1972
  • Box-folder 1:18
    Clowes, George H.A., Jr., 1956-1961
  • Box-folder 1:19
    Cooley, Denton A., 1957, 1970, 1973
  • Box-folder 1:20
    Creed, Joseph G., 1963-1967
  • Box-folder 1:21
    Cross, John H., 1962
  • Box-folder 1:22
    Dabney, Virginius, 1985

    Re: Letters detailing the issues between Dr. Hume and Bosher for Dabney's book, Virginia Commonwealth University: A Sesquicentennial History.

  • Box-folder 1:23
    Daughtry, DeWitt C., 1971-1976

    Re: Bosher to write a chapter for Daughtry's book on chest trauma.

  • Box-folder 1:24
    Decker, Alfred M., 1953, 1956-1957
  • Box-folder 1:25
    Edwards, Jesse, 1965-1966
  • Box-folder 1:26
    Edwards, John F., 1957-1966

    Re: Gibbon screen oxygenator and coronary perfusion apparatus.

  • Box-folder 1:27
    Eguchi, Shoji, 1960-1979
  • Box-folder 1:28
    Faulconer, Albert, 1961
  • Box-folder 1:29
    Galletti, Pierre, 1961, 1977
  • Box-folder 1:30
    Glenn, William W.L., 1956-1969
  • Box-folder 1:31
    Gott, Vincent, 1965-1971
  • Box-folder 1:32
    Graham, Evarts A., 1950-1953
  • Box-folder 1:33
    Grillo, Hermes C., 1971-1972
  • Box-folder 1:34
    Haller, J. Alex, 1966, 1972
  • Box-folder 1:35
    Harken, Dwight E., 1957-1971, 1993
  • Box-folder 1:36
    Harris, Paul D., 1971
  • Box-folder 1:37
    Huan, Eloise, 1960-1961

    The correspondence is not from Haun, but rather about Bosher arranging a visit for Haun to the Congenital Heart Disease Research and Training Center in Chicago.

  • Box-folder 1:38
    Hufnagel, Charles A., 1952-1958

    Re: The use of ethylene oxide sterilization, blood vessel banks, and deep freeze preservation.

  • Box-folder 1:39
    Hume. David, 1956-1965, 1972
  • Box-folder 1:40
    Johnson, Julian, 1955
  • Box-folder 1:41
    Jorgensen, Bjorn, 1957-1959
  • Box-folder 1:42
    Judd, Jean, 1957-1959
  • Box-folder 1:43
    Kale, Waman M., 1962-1977
  • Box-folder 1:44
    Kennedy, John, 1977
  • Box-folder 1:45
    Kilpatrick, James Jackson 1961-1962

    Editor of the Richmond News Leader, letters regarding the "Foggy Days at MCV" article.

  • Box-folder 1:46
    Kirklin, John, 1956-1972
  • Box-folder 1:47
    Kittle, C. Frederick, 1958
  • Box-folder 1:48
    Knisely, Melvin H., 1956
  • Box-folder 1:49
    Kolff, William J., 1970-1971

    Re: Experiments with artificial hearts in calves.

  • Box-folder 1:50
    Kollmeyer, Kenneth R., 1968-1974
  • Box-folder 1:51
    Kusunoki, Takuro, 1958-1961, 1967
  • Box-folder 1:52
    Lawrence, Walter, Jr., 1973-1974
  • Box-folder 1:53
    Lev, Maurice, 1961-1966

    Re: congenital heart disease cases

  • Box-folder 1:54
    Lincoln, J.C., 1968-1969

    Re: Great Ormand Street Hospital for Children, London, regarding congenital heart disease.

  • Box-folder 1:55
    Malm, James, 1970
  • Box-folder 1:56
    Matsumoto, Fumio, 1964-1966

    Research fellow at MCV, sponsored by the Virginia Heart Association.

  • Box-folder 1:57
    McCue, Carolyn M., 1960-1967, 1974, 1978, 1981
  • Box-folder 1:58
    McElvein, Richard B., 1958-1962
  • Box-folder 1:59
    McGuire, Hunter H., 1959-1964

    Re: McGuire's work with Bosher on myocardial function that was sponsored by the Virginia Heart Association.

  • Box-folder 1:60
    Melloni, B. John, 1975, 1979
  • Box-folder 1:61
    Michaux, Richard A., 1959, 1962-1963
  • Box-folder 1:62
    Morrow, Andrew G., 1955, 1960, 1970
  • Box-folder 1:63
    Muller, William H., Jr., 1952-1956
  • Box-folder 1:64
    Myles, Eleanor, 1956, 1977

    Myles worked as an operating room nurse for Bosher.

  • Box-folder 1:65
    Nakamura, Teruhisa, 1967-1968

    Research fellow at MCV.

  • Box-folder 1:66
    Norberg, Bo, 1954-1961

    Re: Advice on issues of sterilization and preservation of arterial homografts.

  • Box-folder 1:67
    Pierce, E. Converse, II, 1955-1964

    Re: Membrane oxygenator.

  • Box-folder 1:68
    Pois, Allen J., 1960-1973
  • Box-folder 1:69
    Porter, Reno, 1951-1955
  • Box-folder 1:70
    Sanger, Paul W., 1954-1956, 1968
  • Box-folder 1:71
    Schmidt, Robert P., 1967
  • Box-folder 1:72
    Sealy, Will C., 1956-1959, 1974, 1994
  • Box-folder 1:73
    Semb, Carl, 1956,
  • Box-folder 1:74
    Smith, Allen W., Jr., 1961
  • Box-folder 1:75
    Smith, Robert Blackwell, Jr., 1962-1963
  • Box-folder 1:76
    Thomas, Kenneth E., 1969-1970
  • Box-folder 1:77
    Tingle, Norman Rock, Jr., 1977-1981
  • Box-folder 1:78
    Toone, Elam, C., 1962
  • Box-folder 1:79
    Travers, Wenda Kavanaugh, 1973, 1976
  • Box-folder 1:80
    Trout, Robert G., 1961-1963
  • Box-folder 1:81
    Truslow, John B., 1952-1956
  • Box-folder 1:82
    Urschel, Harold C., 1973-1974
  • Box-folder 1:83
    Van Name, A.L., Jr., 1962
  • Box-folder 1:84
    Van Slyke, K. Keller, 1953-1955
  • Box-folder 1:85
    Varco, Richard L., 1952-1953, 1961, 1967
  • Box-folder 1:86
    Vasli, Sverre, 1957-1964, 1975-1976
  • Box-folder 1:87
    Vontz, Fred K., 1962-1963

    Re: Training in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery.

  • Box-folder 1:88
    Wada, Jerry J., 1973-1974

    Re: Second Asian Congress on Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

  • Box-folder 1:89
    Walter, Carl W., 1951-1957
  • Box-folder 1:90
    Williams, Carrington, 1955
  • Box-folder 1:91
    Williams, Joyce Crouch, 1980-1981
  • Box-folder 1:92
    Williams, T. Leigh, 1971-1978

    Re: Hollow fiber blood oxygenator.

  • Box-folder 1:93
    Wood, Earl, 1953-1958
  • Box-folder 1:94
    Yamada, Tsutomu, 1964-1965
  • Box-folder 1:95
    Young, Glenn, 1964-1965, 1976

    Re: Surgical treatment of dissecting aneurysms.

  • Box-folder 1:96
    Zoll, Paul M., 1955-1956
  • Box-folder 1:97
    Zwiren, Gerald, 1960-1963
  • Box-folder 1:98
    A.D. Williams Fellowship, 1953
  • Box-folder 1:99
    American Association for Thoracic Surgery, 1952-1973
  • Box-folder 1:100
    American College of Chest Physicians, 1953, 1962
  • Box-folder 1:101
    American College of Surgeons, 1977
  • Box-folder 1:102
    American Men of Medicine, 1959-1960
  • Box-folder 1:103
    American Surgical Association, 1956-1960
  • Box-folder 1:104
    American Thoracic Society, 1972
  • Box-folder 1:105
    Armour Laboratories, 1956
  • Box-folder 1:106
    Boylston Society, 1966
  • Box-folder 1:107
    Ennion G. Williams Hospital, 1950-1953

    Re: Letters regarding the planning and construction of the new tuberculosis hospital for African Americans in Richmond, Virginia.

  • Box-folder 1:108
    Experiment Incorporated, 1951, 1956
  • Box-folder 1:109
    First Baptist Church, Richmond, VA 1956-1960
  • Box-folder 1:110
    Harvard Medical Alumni Association
  • Box-folder 1:111
    International College of Surgeons, 1955-1956
  • Box-folder 1:112
    International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery, North American Chapter, 1974, 1976, 1989-1990
  • Box-folder 1:113
    Lahey Clinic Foundation, 1967-1973
  • Box-folder 1:114
    The Mark Company, 1956-1957
  • Box-folder 1:115
    Med-Science Electronics, Inc., 1964
  • Box-folder 1:116
    Medical Society of Virginia, Editorial Board, 1952-1964
  • Box-folder 1:117
    Perfusion Services, Inc., 1979-1982
  • Box-folder 2:1
    Richmond Academy of Medicine, Vanguard Committee, 1980
  • Box-folder 2:2
    Richmond Area Heart Association, 1961-1965, 1982
  • Box-folder 2:3
    Richmond Memorial Hospital Board, 1955-1962

    Re: Requirements for an open heart program in a community hospital

  • Box-folder 2:4
    Riverside Hospital, 1969-1974

    Re: Development of a cardiac surgery program.

  • Box-folder 2:5
    Robert S. Bosher Fund, 1979

    Bosher requested that remaining fund be given to his secretary Frances Longaker for her 28 years of service.

  • Box-folder 2:6
    St. Mary's Hospital, Cardiac Surgery, 1986-1989
  • Box-folder 2:7
    Society of Thoracic Surgeons, 1963-1975
  • Box-folder 2:8
    Society for Vascular Surgery, 1954-1967, 1972, 1976-1977, 1989
  • Box-folder 2:9
    South Atlantic Cardiovascular Society, 1974-1982
  • Box-folder 2:10
    Southern Medical Association, 1954-1956
  • Box-folder 2:11
    Southern Surgical Association, 1954-1958, 1963, 1987
  • Box-folder 2:12
    Stuart Circle Hospital, 1979-1981

    Re: Donation letters, primarily for books donated to the medical library

  • Box-folder 2:13
    Tidewater Heart Association, 1960-1961
  • Box-folder 2:14
    Veterans Administration Medical Center, 1950-1962

    Re: Thoracic surgery service at McGuire Veterans Hospital.

  • Box-folder 2:15
    Virginia Academy of Science, 1960-1961
  • Box-folder 2:16
    Virginia Heart Association, 1953-1966, 1977, 1979

    Re: Fellowships provided through the Association.

  • Box-folder 2:17
    Virginia Heart Institute, 1975, 1978
  • Box-folder 2:18
    Virginia Medical Monthly, 1956-1958, 1984
  • Box-folder 2:19
    Virginia State Health Department, 1954-1957

    Re: Request for funds for studies and equipment

  • Box-folder 2:20
    Virginia Surgical Society, 1954-1966
  • Box-folder 2:21
    Virginia Trudeau Society, 1955
  • Box-folder 2:22
    Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc., 1951, 1956, 1964-1965, 1968
Series 2: Professional Papers, 1936-1979
Box: 2
  • Box-folder 2:23
    Curriculum Vitae
  • Box-folder 2:24
    Discussions of Papers 1951-1976

    Contains citations of papers presented at formal medical meetings, the text of some paper discussions, and associated correspondence.

  • Box-folder 2:25
    Employment Information, 1946-1979

    Correspondence and forms related to Bosher's employment at MCV and McGuire Veteran's Hospital.

  • Box-folder 2:26
    Legal papers, Bosher v City of Richmond, 1953-1955

    Suit regarding gross receipts tax on compensation for duties at McGuire Veteran Hospital. Suit was in Bosher's favor and the decision was upheld by the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia.

  • Box-folders 2:27-28
    Lectures, Presentations, and Reports 1950-1976

    Filed according to Bosher's order as signified by a number at the top of each document. A comprehensive list made by Bosher appears at the beginning of folder 27.

  • Box-folders 2:29-31
    Published Works, 1936-1977

    Filed according to Bosher's order as signified by a number at the top of each document. A comprehensive list made by Bosher appears at the beginning of folder 29.

  • Box-folder 2:32
    Unpublished Papers, 1952-1974
Series 3: Medical College of Virginia Papers, 1949-1979
Boxes: 2-3
  • Box-folder 2:33
    Administrative Issues with Dr. Hume 1959-1969

    Correspondence filed together by Bosher which captures some of the conflicts between Bosher and Hume over issues such as the thoracic surgical service and space problems.

  • Box-folder 2:34
    Anesthesia Department, 1972-1976
  • Box-folder 2:35
    Application for Residency Program 1954-1964

    Correspondence and associated paperwork related to Bosher's attempts to gain approval for a one year residency training program in thoracic surgery at MCV.

  • Box-folder 2:36
    Blood Bank Committee, 1951
  • Box-folder 2:37
    Catheterization and Angiography 1952-1961

    Correspondence between Bosher and his colleagues on these two subjects.

  • Box-folder 2:38
    Clinics, 1968-1975

    Policies and correspondence regarding clinics.

  • Box-folder 2:39
    Clinic Space Issues, 1957-1966
  • Box-folder 2:40
    Congenital Heart Program, 1965
  • Box-folder 2:41
    Correspondence, General, 1951-1976

    General correspondence between Bosher, his colleagues, and the administration at MCV.

  • Box-folder 2:42
    Department of Surgery, 1973-1979

    Correspondence primarily from the time when Dr. Lazar J. Greenfield became head of the department after the death of Dr. David Hume.

  • Box-folder 2:43
    Facilities - Space Issues, 1954-1967

    Correspondence with William F. Tompkins of the Space Committee and others over office space concerns.

  • Box-folder 2:44
    Facilities - Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery facilities 1964-1969

    Correspondence, plans, and specifications related to the conversion of MCV-West, 11th Floor, East Wing to operating rooms and additional facilities for thoracic and cardiac surgery.

  • Box-folder 2:45
    Faculty Meeting Minutes, 25 May 1962
  • Box-folder 2:46
    Heart-Lung Project, 1959-1963

    Correspondence related to funding and progress of the project; includes a photograph of a coronary perfusion unit.

  • Box-folder 2:47
    Infections Committee, 1959, 1970
  • Box-folder 2:48
    Medical Curriculum and Instruction, 1950-1962

    Contains papers relating to Bosher's service on the Medical Curriculum Committee, letters regarding teaching methods, and other related items.

  • Box-folder 2:49
    Newspaper Clippings
  • Box-folder 2:50
    Operating Rooms, 1951-1979

    Memos and other correspondence related to scheduling, equipment, and procedures.

  • Box-folder 3:1

    Black and white photographs of Drs. Isaac A. Bigger, Barney Brooks, and Beverly Douglas

  • Box-folder 3:2
    Residents, 1961-1979

    Listing of residents by year and a 1976 memo outlining resident rotations.

  • Box-folder 3:3
    Scrub Nurses, 1951-1976

    Correspondence and memos detailing the duties of nurses in thoracic and cardiac surgery.

  • Box-folders 3:4-6
    Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Correspondence, 1949-1979
Series 4: Subject Files, 1951-1979
Box: 3
  • Box-folder 3:7
  • Box-folder 3:8
    Blood Volume, 1961-1965

    Relating mostly to the Volemetron computer used for determining blood volume.

  • Box-folder 3:9
    Cardiovascular Issues, 1957-1971
  • Box-folder 3:10
    Congenital Heart Clinic, 1951-1969
  • Box-folder 3:11
    Ethylene Oxide Sterilization, 1959-1971
  • Box-folder 3:12
    Extracorporeal Circulation, 1959-1967
  • Box-folder 3:13
    Freeze Drying for Vascular Grafts, 1953-1955
  • Box-folder 3:14
    Hollow Filament Fabric Oxygenator, 1967-1969
  • Box-folder 3:15
    Japan and London visits, 1968, 1974

    Trips to London (1968) to visit other vascular surgeons and Japan (1974) for the 2nd Asian Congress on Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Includes some unidentified surgery photographs related to the trips

  • Box-folder 3:16
    Manuscript Requests
  • Box-folder 3:17
    Medical Devices - Cardiovascular
  • Box-folder 3:18
    Medical Devices - Oxygenator
  • Box-folder 3:19
    Medical Devices and Research
  • Box-folder 3:20
  • Box-folder 3:21
    Retirement Letters, 1979

    Copies of letters written by Bosher to various colleagues announcing his retirement from MVC.

  • Box-folder 3:22
    Review Requests 1962, 1965, 1976
  • Box-folder 3:23
    Steed v. Custer, 1963

    Re: Bosher's consultation for a malpractice case.

  • Box-folder 3:24
    Sterilization Equipment and Procedures
  • Box-folder 3:25
    Surgical Assistants
  • Box-folder 3:26
    Surgical Procedures
  • Box-folder 3:27
    Thoracic Surgical Training at 2nd Year Level 1959

    Contains the responses from the various programs about placement of a resident for a one year.

  • Box-folder 3:28
    Ultraviolet Light
Series 5: Bigger Biographical Sketch Project, 1923-1987
Boxes: 3-4
  • Folder 3:29
    Correspondence: A-B, 1981-1987
  • Folder 3:30
    Correspondence: C-D, 1981-1987
  • Folder 3:31
    Correspondence: E-G, 1983-1987
  • Folder 3:32
    Correspondence: H-K, 1981-1987
  • Folder 3:33
    Correspondence: L-N, 1983-1987
  • Folder 3:34
    Correspondence: O-Q, 1983-1987
  • Folder 3:35
    Correspondence: R-T, 1981-1987
  • Folder 3:36
    Correspondence: U-Z, 1981-1987
  • Box-folders 3:37-38
    Isaac Alexander Bigger, Jr. M.D. (1893-1955) A Biographical Sketch,1986
  • Box-folder 3:39
    Newspaper Clippings, Dr. Bigger, 1940-1955
  • Box-folder 3:40
    Orders for Appendix to sketch, 1986-1987
  • Box-folder 3:41
  • Box-folder 3:42
    "A Physician for All Time," undated

    A lecture delivered to a group at St. Stephen's Church, Richmond, Virginia.

  • Folder 3:43
    Research: Bigger's Correspondence, 1926-1955

    Correspondence collected by Bosher from family and friends of Dr. Bigger since according to Bosher most of Bigger's papers were lost, discarded, or destroyed.

  • Folder 3:44-45
    Research: Bigger's Journal Articles, 1923-1954

    Copies or reprints of articles written by Dr. Bigger.

  • Folder 4:1
    Research: Classmates of Dr. Bigger, 1983
  • Folder 4:2
    Research: Colleagues and Acquaintances of Dr. Bigger, 1946, 1971-1986

    The letter from 1946 was to Drs. Shelton Horsley and Isaac Bigger from Z.M. Ma of China. The surgeon expressed how valuable their book Operative Surgery had been for him. Bosher attempted to contact Ma while writing the sketch.

  • Folder 4:3
    Research: Former Residents of Dr. Bigger, 1981
  • Folder 4:4
    Research: Other Research and Resources,
  • Box-folder 4:5
    Richmond Academy of Medicine,

    Contains copies of resolutions written on the death of members of the Academy. The file includes resolutions written about doctors who were contemporaries of Bigger.

Series 6: Dr. Lewis C. Bosher 1891-1986
Box: 4
  • Box-folder 4:6
    Lecture Notes: Genito-Urinary Surgery and Venereal Disease, 1905-1910
    Bound volume, 374 pages. Approximately three quarters of the volume is filled with typed notes pasted to the pages and some handwritten items. The binding is deteriorated and fragile.
  • Box-folder 4:7
    Lecture Notes: Special Fractures, 1899
  • Folder 4:8
    Medical College of Virginia materials, 1891-1916

    This file contains a few items related Bosher's tenure at MCV including an Annual Catalogue for the 1981-1892 session, a list of genito-urinary patients with diagnosis and treatment, September 1914 - January 1915, and an invitation to a banquet at the Jefferson Hotel given by Bosher to meet the class of 1919.

  • Box-folder 4:9
    Miscellaneous Resources and Materials 1905-1986

    Items such as articles about Lewis C. Bosher collected by Lewis H. Bosher in anticipation of writing a historical sketch of his great uncle.

  • Box-folder 4:10
    Printed Materials, 1905-1912

    Reprints of two journal articles and medical advertisements related to Bosher's area of medicine.

  • Box-folder 4:11
    Resolutions on the death of Dr. Lewis C. Bosher, 1920-1921
  • Box-folder 4:12
    "Sarcoma of the Testicle, " 1902

    Reprint of a journal article by Lewis C. Bosher.

Miscellaneous Materials: 7
Box: 4
  • Box-folders 4:12-13
    Unidentified Manuscript, circa 1913

    The manuscript covers the subject of angiorraphy and probably dates from around 1913.