William Mosenthal papers, 1923-2002 Rauner Manuscript MS-985

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Title:

William Mosenthal papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-985

Collection Dates:

1923-2002

Size of Collection:

3 linear ft., 2 boxes

Abstract:

William T. Mosenthal (1916-2003), surgeon and professor at Dartmouth Medical School. Dartmouth College Class of 1938. The collection documents Mosenthal's education at Dartmouth College and his professional life as a surgeon for Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital as well as Professor of Anatomy at Dartmouth Medical School.

Access to Collection:

Patient records restricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Conditions Governing Access

Patient records restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of William T. Mosenthal contain correspondence, lecture notes, writings, patient and operative records, reprints, medical books and Dartmouth College memorabilia documenting Mosenthal's education at Dartmouth College, as well as his professional life as a surgeon for Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, as professor for the Dartmouth Medical School and as a medical consultant for the Veterans Affairs Hospital.

Biography

William Talbot Mosenthal was born in New York in 1916. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1938. He received his medical education from and completed his residency at Cornell University. Mosenthal served in the Pacific Theater, including Iwo Jima, of World War II with the Army Medical Corps. After his military service, he returned to Dartmouth College where he worked as a surgeon at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, a professor in the Dartmouth Medical School, and as a consultant for the Veterans Affairs hospital. One of Mosenthal’s greatest achievements is his origination of the concept of the intensive care unit, establishing the first of its kind at Mary Hitchcock Memorial hospital in 1955. Although retiring as a practicing surgeon in 1981, Mosenthal continued to serve as a full-time professor in the Dartmouth Medical School until 2002. Mosenthal authored three medical textbooks, contributed to more than two dozen medical journal articles, and frequently spoke at medical conferences. In recognition of his achievements as a professor of medicine and his contribution to the medical field, Mosenthal received the Basic Science Teaching Award three times. In his honor, Dartmouth Medical School students created the Dartmouth-Mosenthal Surgical Society in 1995. Mosenthal died on November 26, 2003.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, 1923-1998

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Contains correspondence, lecture notes, writings, patient records and reprints, documenting Mosenthal's education and professional life as a surgeon for Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital and as professor for the Dartmouth Medical School.

Box: 2, 1928-1979

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Contains patient and operative records, reprints, writings, medical books and Dartmouth College memorabilia documenting Mosenthal's education at Dartmouth College, as well as his professional life as a surgeon for Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital and as professor for the Dartmouth Medical School.

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