UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Guide to the Walter Goodloe Stuck Papers

Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Creator Stuck, Walter Goodloe, 1905-1950
Title: Walter Goodloe Stuck Papers
Inclusive dates: 1935-1950
Abstract: Walter Goodloe Stuck was a prominent San Antonio physician and author of more than seventy-five articles in leading medical journals. Dr. Stuck, along with Charles S. Venable and Asa Beach, was the author of a series of papers in the 1940's on the internal fixation of fractures using the alloy Vitallium. Their research attracted world-wide attention.
Identification: MS 5
Extent: 1 box, 5 linear inches
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

Walter Goodloe Stuck was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas, on January 19, 1905, the son of Will R. and Martha Laura (Goodloe) Stuck. He received his early education in Jonesboro High School. After attending Hendricks College in Conway, Arkansas, for two years, he transferred to Emory University in Atlanta, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1926. He graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 1929 then served an internship in surgery at the University of Michigan and spent three years as a fellow in orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic. He received a Master of Science degree in Orthopedic Surgery from the University of Minnesota in 1934, was certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and practiced orthopedic surgery in San Antonio from 1934 until his death.

He married Mary Eleanor Buck on March 28, 1935. They had two daughters, Eleanor Ann Stuck and Margaret Elizabeth Stuck.

Dr. Stuck contributed more than seventy-five articles to leading medical journals. He was extremely active in the field of fracture therapy, being personally responsible for improved techniques in open reduction and internal fixation. With Dr. Charles S. Venable, Dr. Stuck made studies of the effects of metal appliances in bone; introduced a new metal, Vitallium, into surgery; and wrote a textbook entitledThe Internal Fixation of Fractures, published in 1947 by Thomas publishers. He helped organize the poliomyelitis treatment center at Robert B. Green Memorial Hospital in San Antonio during the 1942 epidemic and served as consultant at Gonzales Warm Springs Foundation and on various committees to combat poliomyelitis. Dr. Stuck was also a professor of orthopedic surgery at the Baylor Graduate School of Medicine, Brooke General Hospital, San Antonio and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was chairman of the committee on scientific investigation of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in 1949 and was secretary of the committee on fractures and traumatic surgery. He served as associate editor of Southern Surgeon and was councilor and former chairman of the Section of Orthopedic Surgery of the Southern Medical Association

Dr. Stuck was extremely active in his private work and in local and national orthopedic organizations until he became ill in January 1950. He died March 21, 1950, at the age of 45 of acute leukemia.


"W. G. Stuck."Texas State Journal of Medicine. 1950 May; 46:344.

"Walter Goodloe Stuck 1905-1950."Journal Bone & Joint Surgery AM. 1950 May; 32(A):454.

Scope and Contents

The Stuck Collection spans the years 1935 to 1950 and contains 46 items including biographical materials, article reprints, correspondence, and a series of photographs of x-rays showing Vitallium implants.


Arrangement of Collection

Series 1: Correspondence and Biographical Material
Series 2: Photographs of X-rays
Series 3: Articles and Reprints


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 (x-Rays) is restricted until 2025.

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.

Index Terms

Stuck, Walter Goodloe, 1905-1950
Venable, Charles Scott, 1877-1951
Southwestern Surgical Society
Chromium Alloys
Fracture Fixation, Internal
History of Medicine – Texas
Physicians – Texas
Document Types

Related Material

Charles Scott Venable Collection, MS 9*1, University Archives, UTHSCSA Libraries,The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the Walter Goodloe Stuck Collection, MS 5, University Archives, UTHSC Libraries, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.


Materials in this collection were donated in 1970 to 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, June 2013.

Detailed Description of Collection


Series 1. Correspondence and Biographical Material
(10 items)

Box-Folder Item
MS 5-1 1 Short biographical sketch of Walter Goodloe Stuck with attached bibliography of his published works.
2 Newsletter to Orthopedic Correspondence Club dated November 25, 1944, from Walter G. Stuck, M.D., addressed to “Dear Doctor.” Discusses report to Committee on Plates and Screws, American College of Surgeons, on use of various metals in bone plating. 2 copies.
3 Newsletter to Orthopedic Correspondence Club dated July 20, 1949, from Walter G. Stuck addressed to “Dear Dr.”
4 Letter to Walter G. Stuck dated March 7, 1949, from L. Margueriete Prime, Library and Department of Literary Research, American College of Surgeons.
5 Letter to Walter Stuck dated October 8, 1949, from R. L. Sanders of Sanders Clinic in Memphis, TN.
6 Letter to Walter G. Stuck dated April 20, 1949, from R. B. Raney, M.D., of Duke University
7 Letter to Walter Stuck from Louis P. Good, M.D., of Southern Clinic, Texarkana, Arkansas, dated Oct. 11, 1949.
8 Letter to Dr. Good from Walter Stuck dated October 21, 1949 re history of formation of Southwestern Surgical Society.
9 List of items in the library of Walter G. & Eleanor Stuck.


Series 2. Photographs of X-Rays
(20 items)

Box-Folder Item
MS 5-2 1 List of 10 legends for figures 4.B – 8.B describing injury shown in figure and treatment.
2 Mrs. S. Fowler 6-18-46
3 Mrs. S. Fowler 6-22-46
4 Ted Schafer 11-16-45
5 Ted Schafer 11-15-46
6 Mrs. R. F. Shield 2-9-46
7 Mrs. R. F. Shield 3-4-46
8 Mrs. R. F. Shield 3-4-46 (different view)
9 Chas. Moser 6-24-43
10 Chas. Moser 7-3-43
11 Chas. Moser (no date)
12 Mrs. Hattie Secor 1-13-46
13 Mrs. Hattie Secor 1-15-46
14 C. Mills 9-13-47
15 C. Mills 9-13-47 (different view)
16 Mrs. Stonehill 11-7-46
17 Mrs. Stonehill 11-9-46
18 Mrs. Stonehill 2-17-47
19 Ed Corren 7-9-45
20 Ed Corren 7-19-45


Series 3. Articles and Reprints
(16 items)

Box-Folder Item
MS 5-3 1 Stuck, Walter G. and Dunlap, Knox. End-Results of treatment of compound fractures of the tibia.
Typewritten copy.
2 Stuck, Walter. The care of surface injuries of the hand.
Typewritten copy.
3 Case presented at instructional course dinner, Dr. Walter Stuck, San Antonio, Texas. January 24, 1949.
4 Stuck, Walter G. The operative treatment of fractures. Instructional Course No. 3A. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Jan. 24, 1949, Chicago.
2 copies.
5 Stuck, Walter G. The operative treatment of fractures.
Typewritten copy.
6 Stuck, Walter G. Alvar Nunez Cabez De Vaca (1490-1564), First European physician and surgeon in the United States. Texas State Journal of Medicine. 1936 May; 32:15-21
7 Stuck, Walter G. Muscles changes in infantile paralysis. Southern Surgeon. 1941 Feb; 10:145.
8 Stuck, Walter G. Surgical treatment of bone tumors. Texas State Journal of Medicine. Apr 1950; 247-251.
9 Stuck, Walter G. The surgical treatment of degenerative arthritis of the hip. Southern Medical Journal. 1949 Dec; 42(12): 1021-1029.
10 Stuck, Walter G. A new task. The Southern Surgeon. 1942 May; 11:374-375.
11 Stuck, Walter G. Pitfalls in the treatment of fractures of the hip. Medical Record and Annals. 1939;390-392.
12 Stuck, Walter G. Historic backgrounds of orthopedic surgery. Annals of Medical History. 1935; 7(1):36-48.
13 Dunlap, Colonel Knox and Stuck, Walter G. Excision of the semilunar cartilage. Bull. Of U.S. Army Med. Dept. 1949;9:484-487.
14 Stuck, Walter. Dr. Ashbel Smith, Texas Diplomat. The Southern Surgeon. 1942 Oct; 11(10):742-746.
15 Stuck, Walter G. A British doctor’s story. The Southern Surgeon. 1940 Oct.; 9(10):767-770.