Materials pertaining to "History of Medicine," Anatomy 201 and later Anatomy 240, a one-unit elective course emphasizing the
historical development of concepts relating to basic medical sciences, presented to UCLA sophomore medical students. Included
is correspondence relating to the development of the course, course syllabi, reading lists, and lecture notes, mainly by Dr.
Field. The correspondence also discusses the creation of the Division [later, Department] of Medical History at the UCLA David
Geffen School of Medicine.
John Field (known as Jack) was born in Philadelphia in 1902. After high school he moved with his family to Palo Alto, entered
Stanford University, and received B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry. He remained at Stanford until 1948, rising from
Assistant Professor to Professor of Physiology, performing research in the biochemistry and physiology of muscle, oxidative
and glycolytic metabolism, and general thermoregulatory mechanisms. After leaving Stanford Dr. Field held appointments in
the Office of Naval Research and directorial posts in the National Science Foundation. In 1951 he became the first chairman
of the Department of Physiology at the new UCLA School of Medicine and staid there until his retirement in 1969, serving also
as Associate Dean of the Medical School for many years..
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