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Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1. Biography

Series 2. Financial Records and Correspondence

Series 3. Reprints and Bibliography

UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Guide to the John Silas Lankford Papers



Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Creator Lankford, John Silas, 1858 - 1936
Title: John Silas Lankford Papers
Inclusive dates: 1884 -1936
Abstract: Dr. John Silas Lankford was president of the Western Texas Medical Association, editor of Southwest Texas Medicine, and president of the Scientific Society of San Antonio. In addition to his professional activities, he was active in the civic affairs of San Antonio, serving as president of the San Antonio Board of Education for fifteen years and as chairman of the Committee on Sanitation. He was untiring in the promotion of preventive medicine and mosquito destruction. Dr. Lankford's most noted contributions to medical literature were in the field of public health endocrinology. His papers contain biographical information, reprints of published articles, correspondence, receipts for medical and supplies, and certificates of membership in various medical organizations.
Identification: MS 3
Extent: ca. 86 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, UTHSC Libraries, University Archives, San Antonio, TX 78229-3900

Biographical Note

Dr. John Silas Lankford, a noted San Antonio physician, was born October 27, 1858, in Pontotoc County, Mississippi, where he received his early education. His academic education was obtained in Austin College, Sherman, Texas. He earned his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky, in 1882 and began the practice of medicine in Atoka, Indian Territory before it became Oklahoma. In 1891 he moved to San Antonio, Texas.

Dr. Lankford married Miss Belle Gatewood of Sherman in July,1882. She died in 1932. They had one son and three daughters. They also adopted their granddaughter when her father, the son of Dr. Lankford, died in 1918.

Dr. Lankford took an active part in the medical affairs of Texas throughout his entire professional career. He was president of the Western Texas Medical Association, the Texas State Medical Association, the Texas Insurance Medical Directors Association, the Bexar County Medical Society, and the Scientific Society of San Antonio. He was editor of Southwest Texas Medicine and vice president of the American Medical Editors and Authors Association, serving as contributing editor to their publication Medical Mentor. He was nationally known as a physician and writer.

In addition to his professional activities, he was active in the civic affairs of San Antonio, serving as president of the San Antonio Board of Education for fifteen years. He was a member of the San Antonio Health Board and served as chairman of the Committee on Sanitation. He was untiring in the promotion of teaching preventive medicine and mosquito destruction. Dr. Lankford's most noted contributions to medical literature were in the fields of public health and endocrinology.

Dr. Lankford died September 21, 1936, at the age of 77.

Sources:

"Dr. J. S. Lankford Funeral Today," San Antonio Express News, Sept 22, 1936.

"Dr. John Silas Lankford," Texas State Journal of Medicine 23:507-508, November 1936.

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Scope and Contents

The Lankford papers span the years 1884 – 1936 and include biographical information, reprints of published articles, correspondence, receipts for medical supplies, and certificates of membership in various medical organizations.

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Arrangement of Collection

The collection is organized in 1 box in 3 series as follows: -->
Series 1: Biography
Series 2: Financial Records and Correspondence
Series 3: Reprints and Bibliography

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use. Materials may be viewed in the reading room of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, located on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Access to patient records is restricted.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Physical Access

Some materials are very brittle or torn on the edges and may require an electronic copy or photocopy for use.

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Index Terms

Persons
Lankford, John Silas, 1858-1936
Organizations
Western Texas Medical Association
Subjects
Preventive Medicine
Endocrinology
Public Health – Texas
Physicians – Texas
History of Medicine – Texas
Document Types
Correspondence
Certificates
Reprints

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the John Silas Lankford Papers, MS 3, University Archives, UTHSC Libraries, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Provenance

Materials in this collection were donated in 1970 to the library of the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio by the Bexar County Medical Society.

Collection History

Received as part of a donation of manuscripts and historical books from the Bexar County Medical Society Library in 1970.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by: Anne Comeaux, October 2011.

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Detailed Description of Collection

 

Series 1. Biography

Box-Folder Item
MS 3-1 1 “John Silas Lankford, 1858 -1936,” typewritten sheet, source unknown.
2 “Dr. J. S. Lankford Funeral Today,” San Antonio Express News, September 22, 1936. Photocopy.
3 “Dr. John Silas Lankford,” Texas State Journal of Medicine 23: 507-508, November, 1936. Photocopy.

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Series 2. Financial Records and Correspondence

Folder Item
MS 3-2 1 Letter dated January 28, 1884, to Dr. J. S. Lankford from patient.
2-35 Receipts for journal subscriptions, Physician Call List orders, and medical and surgical supplies.
36-44 Certificates of membership and membership cards for Western Texas Medical Association, Texas State Medical Association, Southern Medical Association, American Medical Association, and Association for the Study of Internal Secretions and receipt for American Medical Association meeting payment.
45 Payment to J. P. Oldham, M.D. for assisting in operation.
46 Letter dated April 10, 1904, to J. S. Lankford from L. O. Howard, United States Department of Agriculture, Division of Entomology, asking for meeting and praising work.
47 Letter dated December 1, 1932, to Dr. John S. Lankford from J. S. Fulton offering condolences over death of his wife.

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Series 3. Reprints and Bibliography

Box-Folder Item
MS 3-3 1 Bibliography. J. S. Lankford, M.D.
2 “Acidosis and the Internist,” Texas State Journal of Medicine 13:272, 1917.
3 “American Medical Editors Association,” Medical Record and Annals, June 1928
4 “Biological Law and Human Health,” President’s address before the San Antonio Scientific Society, December 11, 1917. Printed in N. Y. Medical Journal, 107:788, Apr 27, 1918.
5 “Blood Pressure and Exercise Combined as a Test of Heart Efficiency,” The Southern Medical Journal, IX:193-195, March 1916.
6 “Blood Pressure in the Practice of Medicine and Life Insurance,” Read before the Section on Medicine and Disease of Children, State Medical Association of Texas, Amarillo, May 10, 1911.
7 “A Case of Retinitis Pigmentosa Arrested by Organotherapy and Antisypilitic Treatment.” Endocrinology, XI:237-240, May-June 1927..
8 “Clinical Views of Murphy’s Cancer Researchers,” Medical Record and Annals, January, 1930.
9 “Coramine,” Clinical Medicine and Surgery, Sept. 1930.
10 “Crime, Insanity and the Endocrines,” American Medicine, XXV(715-717), Nov. 1930.
11 “Deformities of the Sella Turcica: Pituitary Pathology,” Clinical Medicine and Surgery, 43:575-78, Dec. 1936.
12 “Differentiation of Cardiac Pain. Suggestions,” American Medicine XXIII:736-739, Oct. 1928.
13 “Dilatable Aorta,” Texas State Journal of Medicine, Dec 1924.
14 “Dyspnea in Heart Disease.”
15 “The Endocrines and the Teeth,” The International Journal of Orthodontia, Oral Surgery and Radiography, XVII: 215, March 1931.
16 “Epinephrin in Restoration of Kidney Function,” The American Physician.
17 “Essential Points in Treatment of Heart Disease,” American Medicine, 22:235-238, April 1927.
18 “Exercise to Strengthen the Heart and to Promote Function by Stimulating the Spinal Cord Reflexes,” Texas Medical and Surgical Journal.
19 “Fever, the Endocrines and the Heart,” American Medicine 24:94-97, Feb. 1929.
20 “The Future of Medicine,” Clinical Medicine and Surgery, July 1930.
21 “Heart Disease and Blood Pressure,” American Medicine, 23:508-510, July 1928.
22 “The Lesson of Canal Zone Sanitation,” Popular Science Monthly, Sept. 1913.
23 “Life Insurance and the Kidneys,” New York Medical Journal, July 17, 1915.
24 “Normal Temperature, Fever and the Endocrines,” Clinical Medicine and Surgery, October 1929.
25 “Outlining the Heart by Pencil Percussion,” American Medicine XX:653-654, November 1925.
26 “Pituitary Disease,” Clinical Medicine, December 1926.
27 “Polycythemia a Liver Endocrine Toxicosis,” The Medical Times, August 1929.
28 “The Prevention of Thyroid Disease.”
29 “Progressive Symptoms and Signs in the Development of Heart Disease,” American Medicine 21:696-698, Nov. 1926
30 “Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Heart Disease,” American Medicine 23:131-132, Feb. 1928.
31 “Removing the Burdens First in Treating the Heart,” Texas State Journal of Medicine 19:575-577, 1924.
32 “Respiratory Symptoms in Heart Disease,” Texas State Journal of Medicine, April 1916.
33 “School Life and Insanity,” The Medical News, Sept. 27, 1902.
34 “A Simple Method of Outlining the Heart,” Clinical Medicine and Surgery 39: 194-195, March 1932.
35 “Syphilis of the Cardio-Vascular System,” Indian Journal of Venereal Diseases, September 1935.

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