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Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Early Years and Education

Series II: Professional Career.

Series III: Harris County Medical Society

Series IV: Publications and Research Materials

Series V: Patents.

Series VI: Patient Records.

Series VII: Miscellaneous, Ephemra and Supplemental material.

Index Terms

Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center

Maurice J. Meynier, Jr., MD Papers

Manuscript Collection No. 41



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Maurice J. Meynier, Jr., MD (1904-1997)
Title: Papers of Maurice J. Meynier, MD
Dates: 1904-1989
Abstract: The collection documents Dr. Meynier's work in obstetrics and gynecology from 1931 to his retirement in 1977. Of particular interest is the history of Dr. Meynier's involvement in numerous issues of the mid-twentieth century: public health services and delivery of medical care to the indigent, location of a new city-county charity hospital, and the controversy surrounding liberalization of laws governing abortion. Also documented are Dr. Meynier's terms as president, respectively, of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 1960, the Houston Gynecological and Obstetrical Society in 1964, and the Harris County Medical Society in 1969.
Identification: 41
Quantity: 12 cubic feet
Location: Historical Research Center (HRC), 8272 El Rio, Suite 190, Houston, TX 77054. phone: 713.799.7145
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center,  1133 John Freeman Blvd.  Houston, Texas 77030

Biographical Note

Maurice J. Meynier, Jr., was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Oct. 16, 1904. His family moved to Houston when he was twelve, and following his graduation from Houston High School in 1920, he enrolled in what was then the Rice Institute, from which he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1927. He attended medical school at the University of Texas at Galveston, completing a senior externship at St. Mary's Hospital there and receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree In 1931. Dr. Meynier then served a two-year internship/residency at the Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, continuing his training as a resident in gynecology-obstetrics at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, from 1933 to 1934. Returning to Houston, he established a practice in obstetrics and gynecology, leaving to serve in the Army Air Force Medical Corps from December 1942 until February 1946. He resumed his practice in Houston at that time, continuing until his retirement in 1977.

Dr. Meynier's concern with community issues was evident throughout his career. In the late 1930's, he advocated reform of the ambulance system in Houston. In December 1940, while serving as chairman of the Health Council of the Community Chest's Council of Social Agencies, he participated in Houston's first annual Public Health Institute. He stressed the need for a non-politically controlled planning committee for coordinating public health programs, including pre-natal and venereal disease clinics. He was later active in a campaign to institute the city manager form of government which he felt would permit needed expansion of the city health department's services.

In the mid-1950's, controversy arose over the proposed location of additional hospital facilities for the indigent. Dr. Meynier, as a member of the Hospital Committee of the Harris County Medical Society, recommended adding beds to the existing facilities at Jefferson Davis Hospital, rather than building a new hospital in the Medical Center. The opposing plan was adopted, however, resulting in the construction of Ben Taub Hospital.

Dr. Meynier was strongly opposed to liberalization of state laws governing abortion. He served from 1968 to 1970 on the Texas Medical Association's Committee on Abortion, during which time he vigorously opposed endorsement by the Association of such liberalization. He continued his efforts through the Houston Right-to-Life group, in which he served as a vice-president.

Dr. Meynier served as clinical associate professor in obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas in Houston. His research and publishing included work in intrathecal injection of alcohol for intractable pain of the pelvis; cervicitis and infertility; vitamin A deficiency in fetal deformity; use of antibiotics in patients with poor obstetrical histories; and simple removal of cerclage suture for incompetent cervix. His patents and original designs included those for an intra-vaginal tampon, a breast pump, vaginal pessary, cervical biopsy and coning instrument, and life preserver.

Dr. Meynier's professional associations are numerous. He served as president respectively of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in I960, the Houston Gynecological and Obstetrical Society in 1964, and the Harris County Medical Society in 1969. He was a Diplomate the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a Fellow In the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and a Fellow In the American College of Surgeons. He served as chief of the obstetrics service and as president of the medical staff at St. Joseph's Hospital and was a consultant on the staffs of Methodist and Hermann Hospitals.

Dr. Meynier died March 24, 1997. His obituary was in the Houston Chronicle Mar. 26, 1997, p. 28A.

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Scope and Contents

Material in the collection includes information about Dr. Meynier childhood, education and participation in World War II. Copies of his patents The primary bulk of the collection deals with his professional career as a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology; his membership and positions in several medical organizations; his publications; and his work in public health, healthcare facilities in Houston, Texas and opposition to abortion.

Material includes correspondence, reprints, some handwritten manuscripts, certificates and diplomas, newspaper and magazine articles, brochures, glass slides, photographs and photographic slides.

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Arrangement

Series I-Early Years and Education
Series II-Professional Career
Series III-Harris County Medical Society
Series IV-Publications and Research Materials
Series V-Patents
Series VI-Patient Records
Series VII- Memorabilia, Ephemera and Supplemental Material

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Separated Material

Some photographs were withdrawn from the collection and transferred to the Photograph Collection. A box of medical instruments was withdrawn from the collection and transferred to the Medical Instruments Collection.

Some glass lantern slides used for teaching were discarded due to their poor and unusable condition, i.e. they were broken or stuck together due to the tape originally used.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The collection was given by Dr. Meynier in 1984, with additions in 1986 and 1989.

Preferred Citation

Maurice J. Meynier, Jr., MD Papers, Manuscript Collection No. 41, John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library

Processing Information

The original donation in 1984 was maintained largely as it was presented by Dr. Meynier, with folder headings remaining as received. Some duplicate material was discarded, namely reprints of articles. Samples of cellulose material were discarded due to deterioration, as noted in the Inventory of Series V. Harris County Medical Society bulletins and a Baylor College of Medicine catalog were removed to the Medical Society and Baylor collections, respectively. Several photographs were removed to the Photograph Collection.

Some material in the donation in 1986 was added to respective Series and the additions are indicated in the Guide. Material in the donation in 1989 were added to the Series VII. Box 9 in Series VII (enclosed box of medical instruments) was moved to Medical Instrument Collection.

Certificates and diplomas were removed from frames when possible; newspaper and other acid papers were photocopied on acid-free paper; papers were interleaved with acid-free paper and refoldered; other objects were wrapped in acid-free materials.

The original Guide was written following the processing of the original donation in April, 1986 by Joan R. Ferry. It was updated to include donations in 1986 and 1989 and reformatted for online access in March, 2008 by M.J. Figard. The detailed level of description of the original Guide was not possible for the revision in 2008.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Early Years and Education

Box Folder
1 1 Early school days through high school. Memorabilia including: Newspaper clipping of father, 1906. Elementary school essays and state spelling test certificate, Abbeville High School, 1916. High school memorabilia, including programs from class night and Houston High School commencement, June 1920. Letter stating Dr. Meynier was youngest in high school graduating class.
2 Boy Scouts. Various Items documenting Dr. Meynier's activities in the Boy Scouts from 1917 to about 1925, including 21 certificates for badges, 1921-22.Letter for application for Eagle Badges, 1922. Information on Liberty Loan Bond campaigns, 1918.
3 Swimming. American National Red Cross Life Saving Certificate, October, 1923. Newspaper clippings circa 1923-26: swim meets, activities of Heights swimming team. Chronicle Y.M.C.A. award. Meynier Trophy competition 1929-38.
4 Miss Florence Sterling's Woman's Viewpoint. (Noted on folder:"Sister of Ross Sterling.") Copy of The Woman's Viewpoint 3r no. 5 (September 1925). Newspaper clippings concerning employee programs.
5 Rice Institute. Memorabilia Includlng: Letter of admission to Rice Institute, August 1920. Baccalaureate program, June 1921. Newspaper clippings concerning graduation activities; commencement program June 1927.
6 Medical School 1927-31. (With contents noted on folder:"1. Matriculation permit. 2. Grades. 3. Graduation exercise program. 4. AKK Fraternity.") Memorabilia from University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, including: Graduation programs, congratulatory telegrams, and material from membership In Alpha Kappa Kappa Fraternity.

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Series II: Professional Career.

Box Folder
1 1 Diplomas, etc., for Applying for Army Commission. Photocopies of birth certificate, Rice Institute diploma, U. T. Medical School diploma, Texas Medical License, certificates for internship and residency, and certificate of membership in Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
2 St. Mary's Hospital, Galveston, Texas. Two letters, including one dated February 1930, documenting Dr. Meynier's appointment as intern to St. Mary's Infirmary.
3 Graduate Hospital University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. 1 July1931 to 1 July 1933. Letter of appointment as intern; newspaper clippings concerning internship and residency appointments. Internship contract. Other memorabilia of internship, including personal letter and newspaper clippings. Two photographs of hospital staff 1932-33 removed to Photograph Collection.
4 War Years 1941 to 1946. Also 1919. Notation on outside of folder: "Letter from A. J. Dow and John Mellinger for sale of Liberty bonds 14 May1919." Manual for Boy Scouts of America:"United States Government Victory Liberty Loan." 1919. Letter to Dr. Meynier's parents dated May 1919 commending them on son's work In Scouts' Liberty Loan Campaign.Newspaper clippings documenting Dr. Meynier's service in Army Air Force beginning in December 1942. Memorabilia including program from Army Air Forces Officer Training School Graduation, 1943, and personnel newsletters. Three photographs of Dr. Meynier and family removed to Photograph Collection.
5 American Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Notification of election to Academy, March 1952.
6 American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Correspondence 1942-50 concerning procedures for board certification; notification of certification. Case reports for board certification, consisting of list of 25 patients and detailed medical records. RESTRICTIONS.
7 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Certificate of election as Fellow, 1952. Certificate of 25 years' service as Founding Fellow of College. Preliminary Program, Eighth Annual Clinical Meeting, April 1960.
8 American College of Surgeons. Correspondence 1945-46 concerning application. Application form dated February 10, 1946. Letter of acceptance; copy of by-laws. Miscellaneous correspondence, Including plans for sectional meeting in New Orleans Feb. 1957 and Dr. Meynier's participation in symposium there. Newspaper clippings concerning Initiation and sectional meeting In New Orleans.
9 American College of Surgeons. Scientific Program of Sectional Meeting, February 1957.
10 Catholic Physicians' Guild. Roster, Houston Chapter, c. 1959.
11 Doctors' Club. Membership Information (1955) and by-laws.
12 Houston Gynecological and Obstetrical Society. Correspondence Nov. 1962 with Dr. John A. Wall concerning speakers for Society. Correspondence between Dr. Wall and Dr. William F. Mengert Jan. 1963 concerning biographical Information on Dr. Al Diddle. Correspondence with Dr. Ernest W. Page Jan. 1963 to schedule speaking date. Certificate of membership, 1955. By-laws for Herman W. Johnson Obstetrical and Gynecological Club. By-laws, constitution, and membership directories for 1967, 1970, 1973, and 1977.
13 Houston Surgical Society. Correspondence with Dr. John C. Kennedy, April 1950, notifying Dr. Meynier of election to membership. History, constitution, by-laws, and roster for 1952, 1962, and 1972.
14 Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Newspaper clippings, including 17th annual meeting at which Dr. Meynier a speaker, and 30th annual meeting (1959) at which Dr. Meynier elected president.
15 Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Programs and material from 1946-1973. Correspondence concerning Dr. Meynier's election as President, Feb. 1959, and plans for annual meeting to be held Feb. 1960. Program and copy of Dr. Meynier's address at 31st annual meeting, Driskill Hotel, Feb. 1960.
16 Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Meetings and rosters, 1960-84. Constitution and by-laws 1961, 1978 and 1982.
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2 17 Physician's Benevolent Fund of Texas Medical Association. Correspondence and reports from term Dr. Meynier served on committee, April 1971-Aug. 1973. Documentation of persons assisted by fund.
18 Texas Medical Association Correspondence, 1973. Roster, 1972-72. Officers, boards, councils and committees.
19 Texas Medical Association Programs: 98th Annual Session (1965) and 100th Annual Session (1967).
20 Texas Surgical Society Correspondence and letters of recommendation Nov. 1971 - Jan. 1972 regarding Dr. Meynier's nomination for membership.
21 Invitations to meeting of Other Organizations Dec. 1968 - June 1969.
22 Correspondence and Lectures to Baylor Medical College Students. Correspondence confirming Dr. Meynier's appointment as Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1946-58. Schedules of lectures, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1949, 1955-57. Student-Faculty Directory, Baylor University College of Medicien, 1953-54.
23 Baylor College of Medicine. Correspondence with Dean Moursund July 1943 concerning appointment to Baylor faculty. Correspondence with Dr. Charles flowers, Chairman, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, March 1968, with resignation from gynecology clinic at Ben Taub Hospital. Baylor Medical School catalog for 1972-73 removed to Institutional Collection No. 6.
24 University of Nuevo Leon. Correspondence with Director and Executive Secretary of Graduate School 1958, concerning Dr. Meynier's guest lectureship.
25 Correspondence about University of Nuevo Leon Lectures. Correspondence regarding Dr. Meynier's participation in ob-gyn course Oct. 1958. Program from course. Copy of Dr. Meynier's paper,"The Use of Antibiotics in the Patient with a Poor Obstetrical History."
26 University of Texas Postgraduate School of Medicine. Correspondence and documents concerning Dr. Meynier's participation 1948-61. Items include: Schedules of courses. Notices of Dr. Meynlir's appointment to U. T. Clinical Faculty 1951-60. Correspondence with Searcy Bracewell, Texas State Senate, May 1957, concerning funding for Post-Graduate School of Medicine.
27 Hermann Hospital. Copies of Hermann Hospital Medical and Dental Staff. By-laws and Rules and Regulations (1973); 1973 Medical Staff roster. Complimentary list from Eli Lilly Company of U. T. Galveston Medical School Class of 1931, showing specialties and addresses (year not given).
28 Methodist Hospital. Copy of The Journal: A Publication of the Methodist Hospital (March 1965), containing photographs of Dr. and Mrs. Meynier.
29 Methodist Hospital. Copies of Methodist Hospital Constitution, By-laws, and Rules of Medical Staff, 1970. Staff roster, 1973.
30 St. Joseph's Hospital. Newspaper clippings concerning celebration of 100,000th birth, 1957; remodeling and additions, 1962, when Dr. Meynier president of hospital medical staff; opening and dedication of new hospital wing, 1964. 27th Anniversary directory of Ob-Gyn Residents, 1966. Occasional issues of Teletopies, hospital staff newsletter, 1953-62.
31 St. Joseph's Hospital. By-laws and Rules, St. Joseph Hospital Medical Staff, Nov. 1970. Summary of Annual Departmental Reports; Statistical Highlights 1968-69. Memoranda and reports 1971-72.
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3 32 Texas Medical Center, Inc. Correspondence March 1969 concerning Dr. Meynier's appointment as a Director on Board of Trustees.
33 Health Council of the Council of Social Agencies. Chamber of Commerce Health Committee. Newspaper clippings concerning issues which arose while Dr. Meynier was chairman and during the period following. Topics include: First Annual Public Health Institute (Dec. 1940); problems in Houston's health care programs; charter amendment election (1942) in which city manager plan was presented, which Dr. Meynier endorsed.
34 Jefferson Davis Hospital, Ben Taub Hospital, and Hospital District. Newspaper clippings: September 1957, concerning controversy with Harris County Medical Society over control of Jefferson Davis Hospital; (undated) concerning Dr. Meynier's suggestions for expansion of Jefferson Davis Hospital. Copy of letter of December 1964 concerning Dr. Meynier's opinions on financing and control of Jefferson Davis and Ben Taub Hospitals. Correspondence with County Judge Bill Elliott, December 1967 and January 1968, concerning contract for indigent care between Hospital District Board of Trustees and Baylor University College of Medicine.
35 Letters of Recommendation. Correspondence November 1969 with Mayor Louis Welch, recommending Dr. Francine Jensen for position in City Health Department.
36 City Ambulances 1939-40. Newspaper clippings pertaining to Dr. Meynier's efforts toward reform of city ambulance system.
37 Presentation to Reference Committee on Legislation of T. M. A. May 6, 1968. Dr. Meynier's comments on proposed liberalization of Texas abortion laws, with letter to delegates to Texas Medical Association, April 30, 1968.
38 Abortion Material 1975. Letter and article concerning abortion. Southern Medicine 61r no. 4 (August 1973). Contains several articles on abortion and legal issues. Several drafts of Texas State Right to Life Bills (1975). Flanagan, Geraldine Lux. The First Nine Months of Life. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1962. Paper presented by Dr. Meynier April 1975 in Austin for"Houston and Texas Right to Life" group. Houston Right-to-Life information sheet and brochure. Planned Parenthood information sheet (1960's) titled"Plan Your Children." Dillon, Valerie Vance,"Nine Facts to Know about Abortion." Paper by Dr. Meynier, sent to Reader's Digest, 1973, titled"Abortion on Demand: American Medicine's Lowest Ebb." Brochure:"Choose Life." Material from Life Advocates, Inc., including information on proposed Texas State legislation to regulate abortion clinics. Chicago Sun-Times:"The Abortion Profiteers." Material from The Ad Hoc Committee in Defense of Life."Murder of the Helpless Unborn: Abortion." National Right to Life Committee material.
39 Congratulatory Letters. Correspondence 1958-59, including note concerning Dr. Meynier's election as President of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 1959.
40 Congratulatory Letters. Correspondence August-September 1968 concerning Dr. Meynier's announcement to limit practice to gynecology. Correspondence November 1967 to January 1969 congratulating Dr. Meynier on election to presidency of Harris County Medical Society. Correspondence April-May 1969 from recipients of reprints of Dr. Meynier's article on "Simple Removal of Cerclage suture for Incompetent Cervix."
41 A. Louis Dippel. Correspondence dated March 1950.
42 Letters to Answer. Personal correspondence July 1958-April 1959.
43 Miscellaneous. Items including business cards, Christmas cards, copy of Dr. Meynier's "Postnatal Instruction booklet" (undated.) Newspaper clippings concerning medical meetings.
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4 44 Miscellaneous Correspondence.
45 Letters from grateful patients.
46 Get well cards.
47 Congratulatory letters upon retirement.
48 Congratulatory notes and cards from gifts on opening my new office.
49 Professional Organizations. Includes: Certificate of appreciation from University of Texas Medical Branch Alumni Association for fifty years' service to community, 1981. Certificate and membership card, Fifty Year Club of American Medicine. Founder Member Certificates for Dr. and Mrs. Meynier, Museum of Medical Science, 1969. Certificate: United Fund, Chairman Physicians' Units, Professional Division, 1969.
50 Miscellaneous Certificates. (Part of 1986 donation.)

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Series III: Harris County Medical Society

Box Folder
1 1 Harris County Medical Society Hospital Committee. Contents include correspondence and documents from 1958- 1962. Dr. Meynier served as chairman of this committee from 1959-63. Some if the issues addressed: Voluntary health insurance and health care costs, as outlined by a committee of the Texas Medical Association. Admission policy of Texas Children's Hospital. Concern over high medical Insurance claims in the Houston area. Referrals of veterans to the Veterans' Hospital by personnel at Jefferson Davis Hospital emergency room. Fees for patients at Jefferson Davis Hospital. Ambulance service In the Houston area. Attendance list and minutes of Committee on Civil Defense and Disaster, September 1959. 1959 Annual Reports for Hospital Committee and other boards and committees of HCMS. Summary of Hospital Committee activities for 1962. Publications in file: Hospitals - Insurance - Physicians: Joint Advisory Committee of Texas. Palyl, Melchior."Nationalization - Ten Years Later." "Adjudication of Francis R. Smith... In the matter of the filing of The Associated Hospital Service of Philadelphia (Blue Cross)." Brown, Ray E."Forces Affecting the Community's Hospital Bill." Hospitals (1958). "A Report on Private Practice by Medical School Faculty Members." December 1957.
2 Harris County Medical Society Constitution and By-laws. Newspaper clipping and photograph of HCMS officers for 1939, Including Dr. Meynier, secretary. Correspondence with Jack S. Josey, September 1966, concerning establishment of UT Medical School in Houston. List of 1968 HCMS officers and committees. Correspondence with County Judge Bill Elliott, January 1968, concerning contract between Baylor University College of Medicine and Harris County Hospital District Board of Managers for medical care of Indigents. Correspondence with delegates to the Texas Medical Association, April 1968, concerning proposed liberalization of state abortion laws. Paper submitted June 1968 for publication In Obstetrics and Gynecology:"Simple Removal of Cerclage Suture for Incompetent Cervix" Correspondence August 1968 concerning operation of the Medical and Dental Service Bureau. Miscellaneous correspondence, including some relating to Dr. Meynier's term as president of HCMS In 1969. Correspondence May-June 1970 concerning Dr. Meynier's member- ship on Health Committee of Houston-Galveston Area Council in 1969. Correspondence May-June 1970 concerning Museum of Medical Science. Reference to Dr. Meynier's article,"A Lasting Gift," published In November 1969 Issue of HCMS"Bulletin."
3 Newspaper clippings of Dr. Meynier's election to positions of secretary, president-elect, and president of HCMS, 1939, 1968-69. Correspondence 1952-67 relating to activities of Hospital Committee, including concerns with ambulance service and location of new city-county charity hospital.
4 Installation 1969 Material. Clippings and correspondence concerning Dr. Meynier's Installation as president of HCMS, Jan. 15, 1968. Material includes: Biographical material and correspondence with Dr. Philip M. Crane, guest speaker at Installation. Copy of: Crane, Philip M."The Blessings of Liberty." Agenda for reception, dinner, and installation.
5 Copy of "Minimum Schedule of Fees" HCMS, Feb. 22, 1908. Roster of 1973 officers, boards and committees.
6 Inauguration Dinner Plans. Includes: Harris County Medical Society Bulletin 9, no. 1 (January 1968). Correspondence September-December 1968 concerning program at Dr. Meynier's installation as HCMS president.

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Series IV: Publications and Research Materials

Box Folder
1 1 Second Place Resident Paper on"How to Diminish Deaths from Cancer in Pennsylvania." Two copies of paper submitted by Dr. Meynier in state competition while resident at Graduate Hospital In Philadelphia, for which he was awarded second prize. Paper entitled:"How to Diminish Deaths from Cancer In Pennsylvania." Copy of Dr. Meynier's paper"The Use of Antibiotics in the Patient with a Poor Obstetrical History."
2 Paper on Intrathecal Injection of Alcohol for Intractable Pain In the Pelvis. Reprint: Meynier, Maurice J., Jr."Intrathetcal Injection of a Solution of Alcohol for Intractable Pain in the Pelvis and Lower Extremities." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32. no. 2 (August 1936): 265. Correspondence with journal editor and final copy of paper to be published. Correspondence with and final report from J. F. Pilcher, M. D., Pathologist, University of Texas. Rough drafts, notes for paper. Chart and patient records for patients in study. Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, New York. RESTRICTIONS.
3 Intrathecal Injection of Alcohol for Intractable Pain In the Pelvis. Reprints of Dr. Meynier's paper; requests for reprints. Miscellaneous correspondence. Slides and chart of patient treatments.
4 Medical Papers by Maurice J. Meynier, Jr.: Reprints and Originals. Discussion of paper:"Uterosalpingography-Report of a Fatality." Arthur M. Farls and Allen McMurrey. Discussion: "Adnexal and Other Intra-Abdominal Condi- tions Complicating Pregnancy."
5 The Histogenesis of Certain Ovarian Tumors: A Lecture.
6 Case of Primary Adenocarcimona of Tubes with Photos.
7 Conduct of the Late Second Stage of Labor with Low Forceps. Two copies of reprint: Meynier, Maurice J., Jr. "The Conduct of the Late Second Stage of Labor with Low Forceps" Texas State Journal of Medicine 32 (April 1937): 798-802.
8 Discussion of the Present Methods of Study of Sterility. Two copies of reprint: Meynier, Maurice J., Jr."Sterility in the Female: Its Study and Treatment." Texas State Journal of Medicine 35 (January 1940): 610-14. Material pertaining to this paper, including information on use of Skiodan Acacia Solution, slides, x-rays, rough drafts, and notes. Letter from Dr. Mavis P. Kelsey, February 1952, concerning post-graduate course at which Dr. Meynier to be speaker.
9 Discussion of Vitamin A in Fetal Deformities. Two reprints and typed copy of: Meynier, Maurice J."The Discussion of Vitamin A Fetal Deformities." (No publication or date cited.)
10 Vitamin A Deficiency Papers-Guinea Pigs. Correspondence concerning Dr. Meynier's vitamin A deficiency research; information on research animals and diets; bibliographic information. List of proposed steps in this research. Food questionnaire filled out by mother whose child had died. Reprint: Burnett, Francis Lowell."The Progress of Nutrition." New England Journal of Medicine 213 (September 5, 1935): 480-89.
11 Material on Anomalies Associated with Vitamin A Deficiency. Reprint: Mason, Karl E."Foetal Death, Prolonged Gestation, and Difficult Parturition in the Rat as a Result of Vitamin A Deficiency." The American Journal of Anatomy 57, no. 2 (September 1935): 303-48. Reprint: Meynier, Maurice J."The Discussion of Vitamin A Fetal Deformities." (No source given. ) American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 90, no. 7, part 2 (December 1, 1964).
12 Miscellaneous Journals and Articles on Fetal Abnormalities. Rose, 0. Alan."Thrombophlebitis." Hospital Medicine 5, no. 5 (May 1969): 6-20. Overzier, Prof. C."The Classification of Intersexuality." Triangle 8, no. 2 (1967): 32-41. OB-GYN Observer 8. no. 3 (April 1967). Hayflick, Leonard."Chromosomes and Human Disease." Hospital Practice 2. no. 2 (February 1967): 54-63. OB-GYN Observer 8, no. 3 (May 1969). Goldfarb, Alvin F."Hirsutism: Causes and Treatment." Lippincott's Medical Science 17, no. 5 (May 1966): 42-46. Sussman, Leon N., and Howard Berk."The Born and the Unborn." Modern Medicine (January 13, 1969): 89-98. "Chromatography In Medicine." (No author listed.) What's New. 228 (Summer 1962): 12-17. Pollack, W., J. G. Gorman, V. J. Freda, W. Q. Ascari, A. E. Allen, and W. J. Baker,"Results of Clinical Trials of RhoGAM In Women." Transfusion 8, no. 3 (May-June 1968): 151-53. Nichols, David H., and Paul S. Milley."A Simpilified Technique for Suprapubic Cystostomy." OB-GYN Digest (February 1970): 30-35. Sollomons, Gerald."Mongolism." Hospital Medicine (October 1969): 58-69.
13 Reprints of Papers by Maurice J. Meynier. Letters to Dr. Meynier concerning his paper on Intrathecal alcohol Injection. Letter dated April 3, 1958, from Dr. W. W. Brown, concerning paper presented by Dr. Meynier in Galveston on premature rupture of membranes. Reprint: Meynier, M. J."The Conduct of the Late Second Stage of Labor with Low Forceps." Texas State Journal of Medicine 32 (April 1937): 798-802. Reprint: Meynier, Maurice J."Intractable Pain In the Pelvis and Lower Extemities." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32. no. 2 (August 1936): 265.
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2 14 Paper on Antibiotic Treatment of Selected Patients with Poor Obstetrical Histories. Correspondence concerning paper and its form for possible publication, 1958-1962. Copy of Dr. Meynier's paper:"A Concept of the Importance of Cervicitis and Endometritis In Fetal Loss and a Suggested Approach to Its Study and Its Treatment with Antibiotics." Note to Dr. Tarvin attached with editing instructions. Other items related to these papers, including tables, abstract, bibliographies, and box of slides.
15 Reprints of Papers by Alvaro de Aquino Salles. de Aquino Salles, Alvaro, Luiz Beethoven D. Amaral, and Anna Lydia Blatter Pinho."Diagnostico e Tratamento la incompetencia Istmo-Cervical Durante a Prenhez." Revista de Ginecologia e D'Obstetricia 106, no. 5 (May I960): 389-98. de Aquino Salles, Alvaro, and Roberto Salles."Evaluation of Results of Tubal Plastic Surgery Performed In the Last Twelve Years." Excerpta Medica International Congreso Series No. 133. Proceedings of the Fifth World Congress on Fertility and Sterility, 319-22. Stockholm: June 16-22, 1966. de Quino Salles, Alvarado."Procedure for a Better Patency of Fallopian Tubes on the Postoperative Phase." Beitrage zur Fertilitat und Sterilitat. Funfte Folge. ed. by R. Fikentscher. Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke Verlag, 1968. de Aquino Salles, A."Tuboplasty with Polyethylene Tubing, Complemented by Insufflation with Hydrodortisone in the Treatment of Nonpatent Tubes." Proceedings of the Second World Congress on Fertility and Sterility. 140-48. Naples: May 18-26, 1956.
16 Habitual Abortion Material. Program and material on University of Texas Postgraduate School of Medicine Symposium on Fertility and Infertility, January 1961. Correspondence concerning manuscript of Dr. Meynier's submitted for publication 1962. Copies of papers by Dr. Meynier: "Antibiotics in Frequent and Habitual Abortion." "A Concept of the Importance of Cervicitis and Endometritis In Fetal Loss and the Suggested Approach to Its Study and Its Treatment with Antibiotics." (Presented to Texas Medical Association April, 1965. ) Slides, patient notes, charts with both papers. Miscellaneous correspondence. RESTRICTIONS.
17 Habitual Abortion Material. Charts and records for work on "Organisms Found in Cultures from the Cervix and Cervical Canal in Patients in This Series." Patient records from Dr. Charles L. Liggett. Patient records from Dr. Donald M. Paton. RESTRICTIONS.
18 Antibiotics In Patients with Poor Obstetrical History. Copy of paper read before Houston Gynecological and Obstetrical Society (no date), dealing with habitual aborters. Program from Southwest Texas Medical District Meeting in Corpus Christi, July 1958, at which Dr. Meynier spoke. Copy of Dr. Meynier's paper, "The Use of Antibiotics In the Patient with a Poor Obstetrical History." Tablet containing physician comments and questions; patient charts. Patient records from Dr. Arthur M. Faris. Case summaries in chronological order; antibiotic study.RESTRICTIONS.
19 Antibiotics in Patients with Poor Obstetrical History. Correspondence concerning Dr. Meynier's paper,"The Use of Antibiotics In the Patient with a Poor Obstetrical History." Copy of Dr. Meynier's paper,"Cervicitis and Infertility." Charts, rough drafts of Dr. Meynier's papers.
20 Requests for Reprints of Paper on Antibiotics. Letters requesting reprints of Dr. Meynier's paper presented at Texas Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Galveston, 1958. Reprints of paper: Meynier, Maurice J., Jr., and M. Steven Piver."Simple Removal of Cerclage Suture for Incompetent Cervix." Obstetrics and Gynecology 33. no. 3 (March 1969): 435-37.
21 Correspondence with Eaton Laboratory about Furadantin. Correspondence with Eaton Laboratories officials concerning use of their products in prevention of spontaneous abortions.
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3 22 Reprints Pertinent to Abortion. Miscellaneous clippings and announcements. Ainslle, William H."Treatment of Threatened Abortion." Obstetrics and Gynecology 13, no. 2 (February 1959): 185-88. Apgar, Virginia."Congenital Anomalies, I960." The Bulletin: Maternal and Infant Health 7, no. 2 (1960): 18-23. Apgar, Virginia."Drugs in Pregnancy." Journal of the American Medical Association 190, no. 9 (November 30, 1964): 840-41. Arnold, Jasper H."A Clinical Analysis of Bacteria Found in 2000 Bladder Cultures." Southern Medical Journal 51, no. 11 (November 1958): 1470-75. Arnold, Jasper H."Relationship of Types of Bacteria to Bladder Infection." The Journal of Urology 81, no. 4 (April 1959): 530-33. Barnes, Allan C."The Prevention of Congenital Defects." World-Wide Abstracts 6, no. 10 (November-December 1963): 8-15. Blanc, William A."The Amniotic Infection Syndrome: A Neonatal Killer." OB-GYN Observer 5. no. 4 (May 1964): 1, 6. "Dactil-OB" booklet. Lakeside Laboratories, Inc. Davis, M. Edward, and Edith L. Potter."Perinatal Mortality: Every Physician's Concern." World-Wide Abstracts 1, no. 3 (December 1958): 11-22. "Efficacy of Antibacterial Agents in Various Infections." Squibb. "The Etiology, Therapy and Prognosis of Spontaneous Abortion." Panel Discussion, Baltimore: March 20, 1957. Friedman, T. A."Habitual Abortion-A Review." Houston: January 21, 1958. Gardner and Dukes."Haemophilus Vaginalis Vaginitis." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 69, no. 5 (May 1955): 964. Kistner, Robert W."Habitual Abortion: General Consideration and Management." Medical Science 5, no. 11 (June 10, 1959): 782-96. Kistner, Robert W."Infertility: Diagnosis and Treatment." Medical Science 9, no. 3 (February 10, 1961): 161-81. Material on"Altafur," a brand of furaltadone. Eaton Laboratories. "Neonatal Death Due to Infection Greater than Reported by Vital Statistics." Pediatric Currents 9. no. 5 (May 1960): 17-18. Papers Presented at a Symposium on Antibacterial Therapy. Detroit, September 12, 1959. Potter, Edith L."Truths and Untruths about Miscarriage." The Reader's Digest (August 1959). "Prepartal Hormones May Cut Incidence of Cerebral Palsy." Medical Tribune (Nov. 9, 1964): 3. Relfenstein, Edward C, Jr."Clinical Use of 17a-Hydroxy- progesterone 17-n-Caproate in Habitual Abortion." Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 71 (July 30, 1958): 762-83. Research in the Service of Medicine 51 (1959). Speert, Harold."Pregnancy Prognosis Following Repeated Abortion." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 68, no. 2 (August 1954): 665-73. "Surgical Closure of the Incompetent Cervix during Preg- nancy." Ethcon, Inc., 1958. Trythall, S. W."Congenital Inadequacy of the Cervix as a Cause of Infertility." The Journal of the Michigan State Medical Society 57 (May 1958): 711-14. "What Happens to Prematurely Born Children." Infant Health Newsletter. Philadelphia: Wyeth. Wilson, James G."Editorial: Perspectives in Teratology." Notes on Teratology 1, no. 7 (undated).
23 Vaginal Culture Reports on All Patients. Records and laboratory data on patients with histories of repeated abortions. Statistical study of successful pregnancies before and after therapy. RESTRICTIONS.
24 All Charts and Graphs from Which Final Slides on Antibiotic Paper Were Made for TMA Reading.
25 Letters of Comment on Paper"Use of Antibiotics in Patient with Poor Obstetrical History." (Written on outside of folder:"Paper was sent to Mrs. Mary G. Avis Journal Production Editor C. V. Mosby Co. 3207 Washington Blvd. St. Louis 3, Mo. I requested that it be returned to me for addition of more cases before publication." Correspondence April 1958 - March 1961 concerning Dr. Meynier's paper,"The Use of Antibiotics in the Patient with a Poor Obstetrical History." Notes, bibliography; rough draft of paper,"Cervicitis and Infertility."
26 Slides for Management of Breech Delivery. Copies of talk given by Dr. Meynier Dec. 2, 1967, at University of Texas Division of Continuing Education review at St. Joseph's Hospital, entitled"The Management of Breech Delivery."
27 Amniotic Fluid Embolism. Chart and notes on case of patient death from pulmonary embolism. Case report: Marcuse, Peter M., and C. K. Duson."Pulmonary Embolism Due to Amniotic Fluid." Paper: Talty, M. H., Peter M. Marcuse, and M. J. Meynier, Jr."Discussion of Amniotic Fluid Embolism with a Case Report." Material and slide contents for report,"Causes of Twenty Maternal Deaths, St. Joseph's Maternal Hospital 1945-51." RESTRICTIONS.
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4 28 Miscellaneous Publications. Barnes, Frank L. The Study of End-Results: A Needed Service. 1928.
29 Reprints - My Papers. Includes: Meynier, M. J., Jr."The Conduct of the Late Second Stage of Labor with Low Forceps." Texas State Journal of Medicine 32 (April 1937): 798-802. Meynier, Maurice J., Jr."Simple Removal of Cerclage Suture for Incompetent Cervix." Obstetrics and Gynecology 33, no. 3 (March 1969): 435-57. Meynier, Maurice J., Jr."Intrathecal Injection of a Solution of Alcohol for Intractable Pain in the Pelvis and Lower Extremities." American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32, no. 2 (August 1936): 265. Newspaper clipping. Medical News (1957) about relief of cancer pain with alcohol injection at M. D. Anderson Hospital.
30 Paper on"Simple Removal of Cerclage Suture for Incompetent Cervix." Original and correspondence.
31 Copies of "The Use of Antibiotics in Patients with a Poor Obstetrical History." Original of paper sent to publisher; bibliography; discussions.
32 Miscellaneous Publications. Rough drafts and reprints of Dr. Meynier's papers, including"Cervicitis and Endometritis in Fetal Loss."
33 Charts and Drawings. Drawings for cerclage procedure. Charts of series of termination of pregnancies before and after therapy.
34 Slides for paper,"Antibiotics In Habitual Abortion."

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Series V: Patents.

Box Folder
1 1 Intra-vaginal Tampon. Patent papers for tampon and depositor designed by Dr. Meynier. Patented May 5, 1959. Correspondence 1955-56 between Mrs. Meynier, Vice President, Professional Products Co., and manufacturers of various products to be used in production of tampon.
2 Intra-vaginal Tampon. Sponge samples, removed from preceding folder.
3 Tampon Legal Papers and Correspondence. Correspondence 1955-59 concerning application for U. S. patent, search of existing patents, and possible conflict with a French patent. Copy of patent application, dated June 15, 1956. Copy of patent, dated May 5, 1959.
4 Notes on Miscellaneous Patent Ideas. Undated list of patent ideas.
5 Design for Fluid Drive and Power Shift. Undated design for Fluid Drive and Power Shift.
6 Vaginal Pessary. Correspondence 1957-59 concerning feasibility of producing an inflatable vaginal pessary and inflatable life preserver, designed by Dr. Meynier.
7 Breast Pump. Correspondence 1947; reports issued following patent search on breast pumps. Undated sketches, presumably of Dr. Meynier's design for a breast pump.
8 Cervical Biopsy and Coning Instrument. Sketches of instrument. Invoice (1960) for modification and construction of conization and gear clamp Instruments. Copies of: Armentarium 3, no. 7 (1960). Seiger, H. Wright."New Instrument for Cold Conization and Biopsy of the Cervix." Obstetrics and Gynecology 9, (March 1957): 361-62. Seiger, H. Wright."Coning of the Uterine Cervix: A New Technic with Fewer Complications." Obstetrics and Gynecology 12, no. 3 (September 1958): 294-304. Seiger, H. Wright."Twin Cervical Tenaculum." Obstetrics and Gynecology 12 (December 1958): 710-11. "Cervical Coning." MD (January 1959): 70. Chester, Martin H., and Jesse H. Frank."New Instrument for Biopsy of the Cervix and Endocervix." Journal of the American Medical Association 169, no. 10 (March 7, 1959): 1062-63.
9 Publicity Sales Data, Etc.; Miscellaneous. Includes material on Bloxsom Air Lock Pressubator and Contour Cradle.
10 Life Preserver. Information and correspondence 1957-58 concerning Dr. Meynier's design for a life preserver. Patent search for previously patented life preservers.

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Series VI: Patient Records.

Patient records were destroyed in a flood during Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.

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Series VII: Miscellaneous, Ephemra and Supplemental material.

Material in this series consists of memorabilia and ephemera from original processing in 1986 and supplemental material from 1986 and 1989.
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1 Plaque for patent "Nipple Shield" Granted 12-12-1944, no. 400,788, 11" x 13"; Framed certificate Fellow American College of Surgeons 12-12-1946, 10.5" x 13"; Plaque for patent Pivoting Motor Boat Drive Unit. No. 3,752,111, 8-14-1973, 11" x 23".
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2 Plaque Southern Medical Association Lifetime membership certificate, 12-8-1973, 10" x 12"; Plaque for Meritorious Service from St. Joseph Hospital, 11-21-1977, 10" x 14"; Plaque of appreciation from Methodist Hospital 1964 10" x 11.5"; Plaque President of the Texas Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology 1959-1960, 9.5" x 12.5". Books: Reminiscences of a male midwife, Herman W. Johnson, MD inscribed by author; Abortion and social justice, Thomas Hilgers and Dennis Horan ed., 1972; Roe v. Wade, U.S. Supreme Court appeal 1971 (Meynier was an Amici); The Centaur of Alpha Kappa Kappa May 1930, January 1929; The Rice Institute Pamphlet, vol XV, no. 1, January 1928.
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3 Portrait of last baby Dr. Meynier delivered; Prague Teachers' chorus; UTMB crest; Certificates from military service, c. 1941-1942; First Communion and Confirmation certificates; High School diploma; High School graduating class, The Houston Chronicle, Sunday, May 30, 1920, p. 42; Rice Alumni News (2 magazines); The Thresher - Rice Institute, 1920-1928; Certificate American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 5-28-1950, 11" x 14"; Certificate Resident Kings county Hospital, NYC, 7-1-1933, 10.75" x 14"; Diploma Rice Institute 6-16-1927, 16.75" x 22"; Diploma UT School of Medicine, 5-13-1931, 15.75" x 20.5".
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4 1 Lilly Research Laboratories booklets.
2 Various medical procedure articles.
3 New University of Texas Medical Branch (school) Houston.
4 Correspondence on estrogen as cause of endometrial ca (cancer).
5 Letters from hospitals and medical schools at time of retirement.
6 Republican Party contributions and activities 1979-1986.
7 Patent certificates.
8 Professional organizations certificates.
9 Military certificates.
10 Resident Physician University of Pennsylvania certificate.
11 National Rifle Association materials.
12 Correspondence.
13 Correspondence; articles.
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5 Pocket dater 1969: meetings as president of Harris County Medical Society (in envelope.)
1 Speech: Abortion on Demand.
2 Material on abortion.
3 Abortion discussion material for 18 Oct 1969.
4 Abortion materail to June 30, 1971; Abortion material for Dr. Joesph Lucci; Original paper: Against Liberalization of the Agortioin Laws of the Sstate of Texas - Read to Chaplains of Catholic Hospitals in State of Texas, May 22, 1967.
5 Material on abortion.
6 Material on abortion.
7 Material on abortion.
8 Material on abortion.
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6 1 Material in envelope from Linbeck Construction Corp., Houston, TX.
2 Abortions 1 of 2.
3 Abortions 2 of 2.
4 Abortion paper read to Senate Public Health Committee 29 Mar 1971; Texas Asssociation of Ob-Gyn Membership List.
5 Abortion correspondence (1 of 3).
6 Abortion correspondence (2 of 3).
7 Abortion correspondence (3 of 3).
8 Photographs (children he delivered).
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7 Trophy from patient 3 statues - doctor with baby (humorous) Gravel - President 1969 Harris County Medical Society Block for printing breast diagram Tie bar and cuff links from Houston Ob-Gyn Society Medal and coat pin for Reagan Presidential campaign Medals from military service Medals from youth activities, sports and Scouting Breast-Eze Nursing Shield (1) in box
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8 Glass lantern slides. 2 sets: Antibiotics in Abortion; Habitual Abortion.
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9 Moved to Medical Instrument Collection. Handwritten note with case: "Diamond jaw needle holder; infant airway; special curved scissors for Rt-mesio lateral episiotomy; Lukart forceps a modification of Krelland forceps; Gelpi retractor. These instruments were used in several thousand deliveries in Houston, Texas between 1935 and 1969 by Maurice J. Meynier Jr. MD."

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.


Abortion

Gynecology

Harris County Medical Society

Houston Gynecological and Obstetrical Society

Infertility

Obstetrics

Pro-life movement

Rice University, Houston

St. Joseph Hospital, Houston, Texas

Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston

University of Texas Medical School, Houston

University of Texas Postgraduate School of Medicine, Houston

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