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Robert Cushing Derbyshire Papers

 Series
Identifier: HHC 67

Scope and Content

This collection contains ninety-four professional articles authored by Dr. Derbyshire (1910-1987) and sections from three unfinished works on medical ethics written between 1960 and 1988. Also included is the 1978 reprint of the book, Medical Licensure and Discipline in the United States, and three incomplete book manuscripts written by Dr. Derbyshire.

Series I. Papers, 1934-1987, n.d.: This series contains ninety-four articles authored by Dr. Derbyshire, both published and unpublished. Also contains various chapters from three unfinished works by Dr. Derbyshire on medical ethics. In addition, there is a collection of articles on the history of medical ethics compiled by Dr. Derbyshire.

Series II. Manuscripts and Books 1978, n.d.: This series contains a 1978 reprint of Medical Licensure and Discipline in the United States by Dr. Derbyshire. Also contains 3 incomplete, unpublished manuscripts authored by Dr. Derbyshire.

Dates

  • 1934-1987

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

The collection is available for research and open to the public.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biography or History

Robert Cushing Derbyshire (1910-1987) was born in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York on November 25, 1910. After graduating with a B.S. from Hampden-Sydney College in 1931, Derbyshire attended Johns Hopkins University and received his M.D. degree in 1936. After working one year as an Assistant Resident of Surgery at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Derbyshire accepted a Fellow in Surgery position at the Mayo Clinic. He remained at the Mayo Clinic until 1941, when he left to become part of the surgical staff at Martin Memorial Hospital in North Carolina. In 1942, Dr. Derbyshire was offered a position at Lovelace Clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Due in part to his contraction of tuberculosis, Dr. Derbyshire left North Carolina for Lovelace Clinic. He remained at the Lovelace Clinic until 1948 when he opened a private practice focused on general surgery in Artesia, New Mexico (1948-1950), and later relocated his practice to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he remained until his retirement from active practice in 1975.

Dr. Derbyshire was an influential and controversial figure in the medical field, both regionally and nationally. He served as Secretary of the New Mexico Board of Medical Examiners (1952 to 1985), President of the New Mexico Medical Society (1962-1963) and as editor of the Federation Bulletin. Dr. Derbyshire was an active advocate of continuing medical education and was considered an expert on medical licensure and discipline. In 1969 he wrote a book on the topics entitled, Medical Licensure and Discipline in the United States. Although the subjects often earned Dr. Derbyshire public booing and "rotten tomatoes," his lobbying on behalf of licensure and discipline brought national recognition to the problems and contributed to the implementation of new rules and regulations for practicing physicians. He served as a member in numerous professional organizations including the Santa Fe County Medical Society, Alpha Omega Alpha, the Federation Licensing Examination Committee and the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Derbyshire remained active in the medical community until his death on July 24, 1987.

Extent

1 box

Abstract

This collection contains copies of published articles, unpublished articles, chapters from unfinished works on medical ethics, and three unpublished manuscripts by Dr. Robert Cushing Derbyshire (1910-1987), an active physician in New Mexico for over 33 years. Also contains a collection of articles on the history of medical ethics compiled by Dr. Derbyshire.

Related Archival Material

Robert Cushing Derbyshire Oral History Collection. HHC 56FL1178 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. For the Soul is Dead That Slumbers: The Adventures of a Surgeon and His Family in New Mexico (1946-1996), a Memoir. WZ 70 Z66 1999 NMSW New Mexico Health Historical Collection. I. J. Marshall, M.D. [graphic]. PH 119 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. C. Pardue Bunch Oral History. HHC 54FL1280 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. Clinton Wilkins Morgan, Jr. Oral History. HHC 69FL1279 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. Donald E. Kilgore, Jr. Oral History Collection. HHC 60FL899 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. Earl L. Malone Oral History. HHC 70FL1060 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. Emmit M. Jennings Oral History. HHC 71FL857 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. Harry D. Ellis Oral History. HHC 72FL952 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. JoAnn N. Levitt Oral History. HHC 73FL858 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. William D. Sedgwick Oral History. HHC 74FL1067 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. William H. Stennis Oral History. HHC 75FL1265 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. Walter A. Stark Oral History. HHC 76FL1262 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. New Mexico Medical Society Presidents 1949-1969 [graphic]. PH 056 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. New Mexico physicians, licensed 1940 to date [graphic]. PH 107 New Mexico Health Historical Collection.

Separated Material

Medical Licensure and Discipline in the United States, by Robert C. Derbyshire. W 40 D44 1978 NM/SW. New Mexico Health Historical Collection.

General

Contact Information

  1. UNM Health Sciences Center
  2. Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, MSC09 5100, 1 University of New Mexico
  3. New Mexico Health Historical Collection
  4. Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
  5. Phone: (505) 272-0656
  6. Fax:
  7. Email: archivist@salud.unm.edu
  8. URL: hsc.unm.edu/library/spc/

General

Processing Information

These materials originally were organized and cataloged by Janet Johnson. Danielle Scott reprocessed in 2005.
Title
Inventory of the Robert Cushing Derbyshire Papers, 1934-1987
Status
Approved
Author
Prepared by Janet Johnson. Revised by Danielle Scott.
Date
©2005
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center Repository

Contact:
MSC09 5100 , NM P: 505.272.9896
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque New Mexico 87131 United States