Papers of Herbert Hultgren, cardiologist, mountain climber, researcher in high altitude medicine, and specialist in the study
of high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE). Hultgren and his colleague, Dr. Warren Spickard, were the first to publish a full
account of high-altitude pulmonary edema in an English language publication. The papers contain materials related to Hultgren's
work in Peru in the early 1960s on HAPE; drafts and production materials for his self-published textbook entitled HIGH ALTITUDE
MEDICINE; a complete collection of his reprints; and files related to his important journal articles. The bulk of the collection
is concerned with Hultgren's research on high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and preparation of the book HIGH ALTITUDE MEDICINE
and contains notebooks, drafts, notes, correspondence, data from experiments and patient observations, and reference articles.
Also included are files documenting Hultgren's work on cardiac catheterization and establishment of first catheterization
laboratory in Stanford, as well as his observation of cases of severe starvation in concentration camp survivors conducted
while he served in Europe with U.S. Medical Corps in the end of the World War II. The papers are arranged in six series:
1) NOTEBOOKS, 2) SUBJECT FILES, 3) JOURNAL ARTICLES, 4) HIGH ALTITUDE MEDICINE - BOOK MATERIALS, 5) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS,
and 6) REPRINTS.
Herbert Nils Hultgren was born on August 29, 1917, in Santa Rosa, California. He attended Santa Rosa Junior College and then
Stanford University where he graduated in 1939. Hultgren attended the Stanford School of Medicine and graduated in 1943.
He served in the U.S. Army in Europe between 1944 and 1945 where he observed starved prisoners from German concentration camps.
Before joining the Stanford faculty in 1948, he completed residencies in internal medicine and pathology at Stanford. He
attained the rank of professor at Stanford School of Medicine and served as chief of the Cardiology Division at Stanford Medical
School and later at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Palo Alto, California. Hultgren designed and established the first
cardiac catheterization laboratory in Northern California.