Eugene L. Porter, Ph.D. Papers
Eugene L. Porter (1881-1960/1) received his A.M. from the University of Michigan in 1908 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1912. He arrived at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in 1924 as head of the Department of Physiology. He had been lured by Dean William Keiller and by Dr. Byron Hendrix, chairman of Biochemistry who he had known at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He served in this capacity for twenty-four years. On campus, Dr. Porter was famous for his delicate operations on the brains of live pigeons. Another well-known demonstration was George Prater, also known as the Spinal Man. Mr. Prater had a transection of the spinal cord in an automobile accident. Dr. Porter and Mr. Prater often held class demonstrations where Dr. Porter would prick Mr. Prater with a pin and George would say “ouch” at the level that he began to feel. The two also held balloon blowing races to test respiratory functions.
This collection consists of one record center carton containing twenty-eight folders. Due to the limited nature of the collection, the folders were arranged alphabetically and date between 1904 and 1960. The file on Mr. George Prater (Spinal Man) may be of particular interest. For preservation reasons, the materials were re-foldered and re-boxed using acid free materials and the photographs were sleeved in Mylar. Original folder titles were maintained. Also included are notecards used for reference and classes taught. Titles include 150 Psychology; 300 Sociology; 540 Chemistry; 595 Evolution; and many others.
The collection is open for research use. Materials may be viewed in the Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections of the Moody Medical Library.
[Identification of Item], in the Vietnam War Blood Research and History collection, MS 135, Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections, Moody Medical Library, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas.
These records were organized and processed by staff of the Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections. Finding aid prepared by Robert Marlin and Kelly Caldwell; encoded by Richard L. Watts in EAD 2002 W3C in February of 2017.
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