Karel B. Absolon Collection, 1622-2012

Laupus Library Manuscript Collection, LL 02.16

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Karel B. Absolon Collection
    Creator: Absolon, Karel B.
    Repository: Laupus Library History Collections
    Language: English
    Abstract: The Karel B. Absolon Collection is comprised of Absolon family papers and Karel B. Absolon’s research and collecting interest, particularly Theodor Billroth. The papers relating to Absolon’s family span three generations and include Karel B. Absolon, Karel Absolon, Willibald Absolon, and Jaroslav Bakes (a cousin to Karel Absolon). Karel B. Absolon’s primary research interest was Austrian abdominal surgeon Theodor Billroth (1829-1894). Absolon also collected items related to European, primarily men, in the science field. The collection includes correspondence, translations, prints, photographs, articles, ephemera, and original documents.
    Extent: 3.174 Cubic feet,
  • Description
     

    The Karel B. Absolon Collection is comprised of Absolon family papers and Karel B. Absolon’s research and collecting interest, particularly Theodor Billroth. The papers relating to Absolon’s family span three generations and include Karel B. Absolon, Karel Absolon, Willibald Absolon, and Jaroslav Bakes (a cousin to Karel Absolon). There are several items related to Willibald Absolon, including high school diplomas, doctoral degree, baptismal records, and assignments to hospitals while earning medical degree. These items are primarily in German. Also included with the Absolon family papers items related to Karel Absolon (1877-1960), who was a Czech archaeologist and cave explorer who discovered the Venus of Dolní Věstonice figurine that is dated circa 29,000-25,000 BCE. A replica of the figurine is included, along with archaeological related items. The majority of the Absolon family papers series belonged to Karel B. Absolon (1926-2009) who was a surgeon and medical historian. Correspondence, published medical articles, medical article drafts, and papers related to his research and professional career are included.

    Karel B. Absolon’s primary research interest was Austrian abdominal surgeon Theodor Billroth (1829-1894), culminating in publishing Surgeon’s Surgeon, a three-volume biography on Billroth. Items include papers original to Billroth, as well as information from Absolon’s research. Absolon translated hundreds of Billroth’s letters into English, and even visited various sites in Europe associated with Billroth doing research. Also included in this series are Absolon’s correspondence while doing research, articles written about Billroth, and various prints, ephemera, and coins to commemorate Billroth.

    The last series is comprised of drawings, photographs, and ephemera of European, primarily men in the science field. Included are those who were surgeons, physicians, anatomists, biologists, and others related to the sciences. There is not one specific era or subject represented, but rather a broad scope covering from the early 17th century to the second half of the 20th century. Heinrich Wankel, Karel B. Absolon's great-grandfather, was a Bohemian palaeontologist and archaeologist. Included in this series is Wankel's journal from 1843-1845, along with other Wankel family documents.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Surgeon and medical historian Karel B. Absolon was born on 21 March 1926 in Moravia to Karel and Valerie Absolon. After attending medical school for one year, he immigrated to the United States from Czechoslovakia due to the Communist takeover in 1948. In 1953, he graduated from the Yale University School of Medicine and ten years later earned his master's degree in physiology and a doctorate in surgery from the University of Minnesota. Over his career, Absolon worked at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at National Institutes of Health; the Veterans Administration facility in Danville, Illinois; and served as chief of surgery at Washington Hospital Center. He wrote over 500 peer-reviewed articles and over 20 books on surgery and medical history, including a three-volume biography on Austrian abdominal surgeon Theodor Billroth. Absolon married Mary Joan Bendix and they had Fritz, Peter, Mary (Herber), John, and Martha (Delehanty). He died on 2 October 2009.

    Karel Absolon (1877-1960) was a Czech archaeologist, geographer, paleontologist, and speleologist. He was born 16 June 1877 to Willibald and Karla (Wankel) Absolon. He was the grandson of paleontologist Heinrich Wankel. In 1925, near Brno in Moravia, he discovered the “Venus of Dolní Věstonice" figurine dated circa 29,000–25,000 BCE. During his lifetime, Absolon was the custodian of the Moravian Museum in Brno, a professor of paleoanthropology at the Charles University in Prague, worked on the systemic mapping of the Moravian Karst, and explored karstic caves in the Balkans, France, and England. He died 6 October 1960.

    Austrian Theodor Billroth is considered the founding father of modern abdominal surgery and was instrumental in establishing the first modern school of thought on surgery. Christian Albert Theodor Billroth was born 26 April 1829 in Bergen auf Rügen, Prussia. He studied at the University of Greifswald, the University of Göttingen, and Humboldt University of Berlin, earning his degree from the last in 1852. From 1853 to 1860 he was an assistant in B. R. K. Langenbeck’s surgical clinic in Berlin; at the end of his tenure there, he received a double appointment as professor of surgery and director of the surgical clinic the University of Zürich. In 1858, Billroth married Christine Michaelis, and they would have four daughters and one son, but only three daughters would survive to adulthood. Among his many accomplishments, he performed the first esophagectomy, the first laryngectomy, and the first successful gastrectomy for gastric cancer (after many ill-fated attempts), as well as publishing. In addition to his medical developments, Billroth was one of the first to attempt scientific analysis of music, was a talented violinist and pianist, and was a lifelong friend of composer Johannes Brahms. Brahms sent his compositions to Billroth for his opinion prior to sending them for publishing. Billroth was a regular participant in rehearsals of Brahms’s chamber works. Billroth died 6 February 1894 in Opatija, Austria-Hungary (now Croatia).

    Heinrich Wankel (1821-1897) was a Bohemian paleontologist and archaeologist. He was born 15 July 1821 to Damian and Magdalena (Schwarz) Wankel in Prague. He attended German schools in Prague, and studied medicine at the University of Prague under Josef Hyrtl. In 1849, Wankel lived in Blansko where he worked as a medical doctor, but also began geological exploration of the area and later branched out to include paleontology, archaeology, and anthropology. In 1850, he set up one of the first labs to research fossil bones from the Cenozoic Era. At the lab, Wankel assembled a complete skeleton of a cave bear. His most famous discovery came in 1872, when he discovered a burial site in the Býčí skála (Bull Rock) cave of a nobleman from the Bronze Age with skeletons of 40 ritually killed young women. In 1851, he married Eliska Šímová, and they had Aurélie, Lucie (m. Franz Bakeš), Karla (m1. Karel Absolon, m2. Edward Bufka), Vlasta (m. Jan Havelka), Madlena, and Leopoldina. Aurélie died before the age of two and Leopoldina lived less than a month, but the other four girls survived to adulthood and became involved with ethnography. Wankel died 5 April 1897 in Olomouc, Czech Republic.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    16 January 2001, manuscript material and illustrations. Gift of Dr. Karel B. Absolon of Rockville, Maryland.

    5 September 2002, manuscript material and illustrations. Gift of Dr. Karel B. Absolon of Rockville, Maryland.

    15 September 2007, books and pamphlets. Gift of Dr. Karel B. Absolon of Rockville, Maryland.

    30 June 2010, one letter, one photograph, and six postcards. Gift of Mrs. Karel B. (Mary T.) Absolon of Rockville, Maryland.

    6 June 2012, one illustration and five inches of manuscript material. Gift of Mrs. Karel B. (Mary T.) Absolon of Rockville, Maryland.

    1 July 2016, Theodor Billroth, Heinrich Wankel, and Karel Absolon archival materials and papers. Approximately 1 cubic foot. Gift of Mary T. Absolon of Edina, Minnesota.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Dr. Karel B. Absolon
    Gift of Mrs. Karel B. (Mary T.) Absolon

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Karel B. Absolon Collection (LL 02.16), The William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Initial inventory prepared by Charlotte Critcher, 2015. Processed by Janet Heath and Melissa Nasea, 2015. Processing revised by Ashley Williams, 2016.

    Sponsor Statement

    Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina Access and Digitization Grant Program.

Container List

  • Absolon Family Papers, 1843-2012
     
    Absolon Family Material, 1843, 1920-1954, undated
    Translations and Typescripts of Letters from Willibald Absolon to his wife, Karla, 1872
    Willibald Absolon Papers, 1856-1882
    Vera Backes Correspondence and Article and Photos of Jaroslav's Game Trophies, 1924, undated
    Etching of cave in Moravia - collection of Karel Absolon (1877-1960), 1817
    "Mammoth Hunt" drawing by F. Dobrovolny, associated with Karel Absolon (1877-1960), 1925
    Karel Absolon (1877-1960) correspondence with Sir Arthur Keith; memorial bulletin; Piltdown Man hoax; caves, 1926-2001
    Replica of the "Venus of Dolní Věstonice" figurine (in box from Moravian Museum, Anthropos Institute) - original discovered in 1925 by Karel Absolon (1877-1960), undated
    Hand drawn colored geological map of the Reka-Timavo rivers area of Trieste and Slovinia, 1938
    Karel Absolon - Escape from Czechoslovakia to USA; Yale, 1946-2012
    Karel B. Absolon biography with photographs, 1960- 2001, undated
    Karel Absolon - Career, employment inquiry from University of Michigan as well as rejection of position Dr. Absolon had sought; refusal of publishers from "Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics" to accept his article "The Development of Gastric Surgery, An American-European (Czech) Connection", and Dr. Absolon appearing in "World Who's Who in Science", 1982-1983, undated
    Karel B. Absolon - Miscellaneous personal notes, 1984, undated
    Aschuer Obituary, 1960
    Doctors - Out-of-Town Correspondence, 1965-1971
    Letters to Dr. Absolon from Dr. Erna Lesky and Dr. Denton A. Cooley, 1968-1980
    Envelope containing postcard of Lorenz Heister print with a stamp of Johannes Brahms, sent to Karel B. Absolon by Ernst Kern, 1985
    Photographs of Ernst Kern and his wife, Esther Kern-Nyffenegger, and correspondence with Karel B. Absolon, 1993-2007, undated
    Letter from Prof. Leopold Schönbauer to Karel B. Absolon concerning Friedrich Hoffmann (1660-1742), 1962
    St. Anthony's Hospital, 1965-1969
    Letter from Prof. P. v. Tavel to Karel B. Absolon concerning information on the life of Theodor Kocher, 1970
    University of Minnesota, 1965-1968, 1971
    Owen. H Wangensteen Correnspondence, 1954-1965
    Owen. H Wangensteen Correnspondence, 1960-1970
    Owen. H Wangensteen Correnspondence, 1967-1970
    Absolon Medical Articles on Medical Education and Problem of Transplantation and the Head and Neck Surgeon, 1963-1971
    Articles on medical education (Billroth, Flexner), requests for journal articles, and related correspondence from Owen Wangensteen and others, 1970-1971
    Karel Absolon - copy of medical article typescript - "Cardiac and Cerebral Effects of Carbon Monoxide Anoxia", and seven 5x7 cards of different images, undated
    Two copies of typescript of medical article "Cardiovascular Response of an Atherosclerotic Animal Model to Thoracic Impact" by Roger C. Haut, David C. Viano, Bhagwan D. Garg, Karel Absolon and Mario Golocovsky, undated
    Cocaine - Application of, 1884, 1970
    Coronary Photos and Drawings, undated
    Coronary Related Articles, 1924-1966, undated
    Epidermolysis Bullosa, 1958-1969, undated
    Homotransplantation, 1963-1964, undated
    McCarty Case, 1964
    Karel Absolon - medical notes and journal reprints, 1940-1971, undated
    Medical Articles (Primarily on Esophagus and Digestive System), 1940-1977
    Draft typescript of medical article "Unpure Medial Calcification of Limb Arteries and Its Relationship to Arteriosclerosis" by J. G. Monckeberg, undated
    Check stub and envelope for Dr. Karel Absolon's honorarium for 19th Samuel Clark Harvey Lecture at Yale University, 1974
    Menu and program for the 19th Samuel Clark Harvey Lecture at Yale (lecture presented by Dr. Karel Absolon), 1974
    Menu and program for the 25th Samuel Clark Harvey Lecture at Yale (lecture presented by William W. L. Glenn) - laminated, 1980
    Karel Absolon - miscellaneous materials found in book collection, undated
    Translation of K.B. Absolon's book "Janus" into German by Ernst Kern; information and CD-ROM, 2008, undated
    Lists of books offered by Kabel Publishers; brief description of "Diseases of Famous Composers: Twenty-two Pathographies from Bach to Bartok" transcribed and edited by Karel B. Absolon; list of books from Yahoo by author Karel B. Absolon, ca. 1990-2001
  • Theodor Billroth Papers and Research, 1837-2004
     
    Print of Allgemeines Krankenhouse (the General Hospital in Vienna) - associated with Van Swieten, Billroth, and Schubert, undated
    Austrian postage stamps of famous physicians associated with the Allgemeines Krankenhouse - Rokitansky, Auenbrugger, Van Swieten, Hyrtl, Billroth, Skoda, Meinhert, Hebrow, and Arlt, undated
    Colored print of drawing of University of Gottingen where Theodor Billroth (1829-1894) studied, 1837
    Karel B. Absolon's translation of Billroth's 1855 "About the Structure of Mycons Polyns", undated
    Theodor Billroth original letter to Wittelshofer, 1866
    Photograph of Theodor Billroth taken 1869 or earlier, ca. 1869
    Billroth Papers, 1877-1885
    Handwritten note by Theodor Billroth; telegram sent by Theodor Billroth, 1879-ca. 1892
    Karel B. Absolon's translation of Theodor Billroth 1880-1884 letters, undated
    Karel B. Absolon's translation of Theodor Billroth 1884-1885 letters, undated
    Karel B. Absolon's translation of Theodor Billroth 1885-1889 letters (1 of 2), undated
    Karel B. Absolon's translation of Theodor Billroth 1885-1889 letters (2 of 2), undated
    K.B. Absolon's translation of Billroth's 1886 "Aphorisms on Medical Education: Teaching and Learning in Medical Sciences", undated
    Billroth-Gottlieb correspondence with Karel B. Absolon; bust of Theodor Billroth, letter from A.K. Schmauss; photographs of Billroth's daughters, Helene (1912), Martha Gottlieb Billroth (1918) and Else Billroth (1888), 1888-1918, 1984
    Print of "Billroth im Horsaal" (Billroth Operating) painted by A. F. Seligmann, undated
    "Billroth im Horsaal" (Billroth Operating) painted by A. F. Seligmann - copies and information, ca. 1890-2001
    Poem handwritten by Theodor Billroth, 1892
    Theodor Billroth material in Czech, 1892, undated
    Karel B. Absolon's translation of Theodor Billroth 1892-1894 letters, undated
    Information about a print of a portrait and a written memorial of Theodor Billroth, 1894
    Two Schilling coins commemorating Theodor Billroth's centennial, 1929
    Billroth Article Correspondence and Related Materials, 1961-1965
    Theodor Billroth baptismal record information; postcards depicting scenes from Barth (Ostsee), Barth (Dammtor), Barth (Kr. Ribnitz-Damgarten), Insel Rugen, Kaparkona (Rugen), 1 und 3 Karl-Marx-Platz; photograph of Brahms and sheet of his quartet music, 1967, undated
    Dr. Karel Absolon seeking information for Theodor Billroth biography he is starting - inquiries to different people, trying to obtain materials, and letters to publishers, 1967-1968
    Literature on Billroth, 1967-1968
    Oil painting of Theodor Billroth by Ralph Corea - commissioned by Karel B. Absolon, 1968
    "Theodor Billroth in the Operating Room" drawing; "Mirror image after Seligman's original, painted by Paul Calle for Upjohn Corp. and given as a gift to [Karel] Absolon in 1974", ca. 1974
    Billroth - Coronado Press, 1974-1976
    Billroth Research, 1978, 1983, undated
    Billroth Articles by K. Absolon, 1979, 1982
    Photographs and mixed materials related to Theodor Billroth, 1979-1997, undated
    Classic photo of Theodor Billroth with pupils that has Karel B. Absolon's picture inserted (U. of Virginia - Richmond or VCU - Richmond), ca. 1990
    "Der Chirurg Theodor Billroth" - print of Werner Horvath's 1994 oil painting, undated
    Dr. Arthur E. Baue - correspondence concerning accuracy and original source of Billroth quotation, 1997
    CD of Billroth and Paracelsus images, 2004
    Billroth ephemera (including photograph of Billroth statue), undated
    "Billroth und der Kronprinz" (copy of typescript), undated
    Rugie (Rügen) Island map (place where Billroth was born). Double sided frame with text on the back. Also a separate piece with English translation., undated
    Print of drawing of street where Theodor Billroth lived with Prof. Baum in Gottingen, undated
    Copies of "The Genealogy of the Vienna Surgical School", undated
    Karel B. Absolon - bibliography cards for Theodor Billroth books, undated
    Photograph of Karel B. Absolon with Theodor Billroth's grandson looking at the Billroth family photo album, undated
  • Other Collecting Interests, 1622-1977
     
    Jean Zuléma Amussat (1796-1856) calling card, undated
    Print of drawing of Johann Jakob Baier (1677-1735), undated
    Print of drawing of Thomas Bartholin (1616-1680), 1688
    Print of lithograph of Claude Bernard (1813-1878) performing an experiment before a group of colleagues and students, undated
    Obituary for Dr. Brian Blades in Washington Post, 1977
    Cancelled check written by Alexis Carrel (1873-1944), 1925
    Print of drawing of Sir Astley Paston Cooper (1768-1841), undated
    Print of drawing of Guillaume Dupuytren (1777-1835), undated
    Print of drawing of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), undated
    Print of drawing of Georg von Frauenfeld (1807-1873), undated
    Print of drawing of Karl Ferdinand von Gräfe (1787-1840), undated
    Photograph of Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919), undated
    Newspaper clippings about Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919), ca. 1919
    Wooden framed reproduction of painting of William Harvey (1578-1657), ca. 1622
    Print of drawing of Lorenz Heister (1683-1758), ca. 1733
    Letters to Alexander Humbolt from Peter Simon Pallas and Wilhelm Hermann Abich - originals, facsimiles, transcriptions, plus images of Pallas (translated into English and with comments by Karel B. Absolon and John Ptak), 1793-1858, 1994, undated
    Print of drawing of Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1731), undated
    Print of drawing of Johann von Jessen (1566-1621), ca. 1607
    Three sheets of documentation associated with the Johann von Jessen print - includes title page of "Obrazy Z Minulosti Ceskeho Lekarstvi" (translated as "Portraits from the Past History of Czech Medicine"), ca. 1959
    Photograph of Rudolf Ulrich Krönlein (1847-1910), undated
    Print of drawing of Konrad Johann Martin Langenbeck (1776-1851), 1826
    Photograph of portrait of singer Jenny Lind (1820-1887), undated
    Print of drawing of Marcello Malpighi (1628-1694), undated
    Photograph of Carl Nicoladoni (1847-1902), undated
    Print of painting of Ambroise Pare (1510-1590) and information about him, undated
    Print of drawing of Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), undated
    Print of portrait of Ludwig Rehn (1849-1930), ca. 1919
    Print of silhouette of Johann Christian Reil (1759-1813), undated
    Two photographs of Carl von Rokitansky (1804-1878), undated
    Print of drawing of Johann Christian Rosenmueller (1771-1820), undated
    Print of drawing of Frederik Ruysch (1638-1731), undated
    Photograph of Dr. Ludwik Rydygier (1850-1920), undated
    Original letter from C. L. Schleich, 1921
    Print of portrait of Franz Schuh (1804-1878) and a photograph card, undated
    Print of etching of Karl Heinrich von Seibt (1773-1806), undated
    Prints of two photographs of Josef Skoda (1805-1881) and a photograph card (1869), 1869, undated
    Print of drawing of Wilhelm Gottlieb Tilesius von Tilenau (1769-1857), undated
    Print of drawing of Gerhard van Swieten (1700-1772), undated
    Print of drawing of Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), undated
    Original drawing of Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902); print of picture of young Virchow; copies of Virchow's high school essay (German plus English translation); translation of 1839 essay; copy of 1843 German dissertation; letter written by Virchow to unknown subject; postcard with Virchow's picture sent to [?] Absolon, undated
    Drawing of Rudolph Virchow (1821-1902), undated
    Report of Henri Wankel medical classes, 1842
    Heinrich Wankel's Journal (1 of 2), 1843-1845
    Heinrich Wankel's Journal (2 of 2), 1843-1845
    Wankel Family Papers, 1801-1851, 1909
    Painted copies of two sections of one (or two) surgical papyrus, undated
    Copies of brief biographies with pictures of Ernst Julius Gurlt (1825-1899), Robert Remak (1815-1865), Ludwig Traube (1818-1876), and Friedrich Theodor von Frerichs (1819-1885); photograph of unknown man, undated
    Five postcards depicting Gregor Mendel (1822-1884), Gustav Bohm and scenes from Brno, Czech Republic, 1974
    Copy of "1,956 Biographische Artikel und Nekrologe (BAN) der Munchener Medizinischen Wochenschrift (MMW)", 1997-1999
    Two maps of North America, 1823, undated

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Container List

  • Absolon Family Papers, 1843-2012
     
    Absolon Family Material, 1843, 1920-1954, undated
    Translations and Typescripts of Letters from Willibald Absolon to his wife, Karla, 1872
    Willibald Absolon Papers, 1856-1882
    Vera Backes Correspondence and Article and Photos of Jaroslav's Game Trophies, 1924, undated
    Etching of cave in Moravia - collection of Karel Absolon (1877-1960), 1817
    "Mammoth Hunt" drawing by F. Dobrovolny, associated with Karel Absolon (1877-1960), 1925
    Karel Absolon (1877-1960) correspondence with Sir Arthur Keith; memorial bulletin; Piltdown Man hoax; caves, 1926-2001
    Replica of the "Venus of Dolní Věstonice" figurine (in box from Moravian Museum, Anthropos Institute) - original discovered in 1925 by Karel Absolon (1877-1960), undated
    Hand drawn colored geological map of the Reka-Timavo rivers area of Trieste and Slovinia, 1938
    Karel Absolon - Escape from Czechoslovakia to USA; Yale, 1946-2012
    Karel B. Absolon biography with photographs, 1960- 2001, undated
    Karel Absolon - Career, employment inquiry from University of Michigan as well as rejection of position Dr. Absolon had sought; refusal of publishers from "Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics" to accept his article "The Development of Gastric Surgery, An American-European (Czech) Connection", and Dr. Absolon appearing in "World Who's Who in Science", 1982-1983, undated
    Karel B. Absolon - Miscellaneous personal notes, 1984, undated
    Aschuer Obituary, 1960
    Doctors - Out-of-Town Correspondence, 1965-1971
    Letters to Dr. Absolon from Dr. Erna Lesky and Dr. Denton A. Cooley, 1968-1980
    Envelope containing postcard of Lorenz Heister print with a stamp of Johannes Brahms, sent to Karel B. Absolon by Ernst Kern, 1985
    Photographs of Ernst Kern and his wife, Esther Kern-Nyffenegger, and correspondence with Karel B. Absolon, 1993-2007, undated
    Letter from Prof. Leopold Schönbauer to Karel B. Absolon concerning Friedrich Hoffmann (1660-1742), 1962
    St. Anthony's Hospital, 1965-1969
    Letter from Prof. P. v. Tavel to Karel B. Absolon concerning information on the life of Theodor Kocher, 1970
    University of Minnesota, 1965-1968, 1971
    Owen. H Wangensteen Correnspondence, 1954-1965
    Owen. H Wangensteen Correnspondence, 1960-1970
    Owen. H Wangensteen Correnspondence, 1967-1970
    Absolon Medical Articles on Medical Education and Problem of Transplantation and the Head and Neck Surgeon, 1963-1971
    Articles on medical education (Billroth, Flexner), requests for journal articles, and related correspondence from Owen Wangensteen and others, 1970-1971
    Karel Absolon - copy of medical article typescript - "Cardiac and Cerebral Effects of Carbon Monoxide Anoxia", and seven 5x7 cards of different images, undated
    Two copies of typescript of medical article "Cardiovascular Response of an Atherosclerotic Animal Model to Thoracic Impact" by Roger C. Haut, David C. Viano, Bhagwan D. Garg, Karel Absolon and Mario Golocovsky, undated
    Cocaine - Application of, 1884, 1970
    Coronary Photos and Drawings, undated
    Coronary Related Articles, 1924-1966, undated
    Epidermolysis Bullosa, 1958-1969, undated
    Homotransplantation, 1963-1964, undated
    McCarty Case, 1964
    Karel Absolon - medical notes and journal reprints, 1940-1971, undated
    Medical Articles (Primarily on Esophagus and Digestive System), 1940-1977
    Draft typescript of medical article "Unpure Medial Calcification of Limb Arteries and Its Relationship to Arteriosclerosis" by J. G. Monckeberg, undated
    Check stub and envelope for Dr. Karel Absolon's honorarium for 19th Samuel Clark Harvey Lecture at Yale University, 1974
    Menu and program for the 19th Samuel Clark Harvey Lecture at Yale (lecture presented by Dr. Karel Absolon), 1974
    Menu and program for the 25th Samuel Clark Harvey Lecture at Yale (lecture presented by William W. L. Glenn) - laminated, 1980
    Karel Absolon - miscellaneous materials found in book collection, undated
    Translation of K.B. Absolon's book "Janus" into German by Ernst Kern; information and CD-ROM, 2008, undated
    Lists of books offered by Kabel Publishers; brief description of "Diseases of Famous Composers: Twenty-two Pathographies from Bach to Bartok" transcribed and edited by Karel B. Absolon; list of books from Yahoo by author Karel B. Absolon, ca. 1990-2001
  • Theodor Billroth Papers and Research, 1837-2004
     
    Print of Allgemeines Krankenhouse (the General Hospital in Vienna) - associated with Van Swieten, Billroth, and Schubert, undated
    Austrian postage stamps of famous physicians associated with the Allgemeines Krankenhouse - Rokitansky, Auenbrugger, Van Swieten, Hyrtl, Billroth, Skoda, Meinhert, Hebrow, and Arlt, undated
    Colored print of drawing of University of Gottingen where Theodor Billroth (1829-1894) studied, 1837
    Karel B. Absolon's translation of Billroth's 1855 "About the Structure of Mycons Polyns", undated
    Theodor Billroth original letter to Wittelshofer, 1866
    Photograph of Theodor Billroth taken 1869 or earlier, ca. 1869
    Billroth Papers, 1877-1885
    Handwritten note by Theodor Billroth; telegram sent by Theodor Billroth, 1879-ca. 1892
    Karel B. Absolon's translation of Theodor Billroth 1880-1884 letters, undated
    Karel B. Absolon's translation of Theodor Billroth 1884-1885 letters, undated
    Karel B. Absolon's translation of Theodor Billroth 1885-1889 letters (1 of 2), undated
    Karel B. Absolon's translation of Theodor Billroth 1885-1889 letters (2 of 2), undated
    K.B. Absolon's translation of Billroth's 1886 "Aphorisms on Medical Education: Teaching and Learning in Medical Sciences", undated
    Billroth-Gottlieb correspondence with Karel B. Absolon; bust of Theodor Billroth, letter from A.K. Schmauss; photographs of Billroth's daughters, Helene (1912), Martha Gottlieb Billroth (1918) and Else Billroth (1888), 1888-1918, 1984
    Print of "Billroth im Horsaal" (Billroth Operating) painted by A. F. Seligmann, undated
    "Billroth im Horsaal" (Billroth Operating) painted by A. F. Seligmann - copies and information, ca. 1890-2001
    Poem handwritten by Theodor Billroth, 1892
    Theodor Billroth material in Czech, 1892, undated
    Karel B. Absolon's translation of Theodor Billroth 1892-1894 letters, undated
    Information about a print of a portrait and a written memorial of Theodor Billroth, 1894
    Two Schilling coins commemorating Theodor Billroth's centennial, 1929
    Billroth Article Correspondence and Related Materials, 1961-1965
    Theodor Billroth baptismal record information; postcards depicting scenes from Barth (Ostsee), Barth (Dammtor), Barth (Kr. Ribnitz-Damgarten), Insel Rugen, Kaparkona (Rugen), 1 und 3 Karl-Marx-Platz; photograph of Brahms and sheet of his quartet music, 1967, undated
    Dr. Karel Absolon seeking information for Theodor Billroth biography he is starting - inquiries to different people, trying to obtain materials, and letters to publishers, 1967-1968
    Literature on Billroth, 1967-1968
    Oil painting of Theodor Billroth by Ralph Corea - commissioned by Karel B. Absolon, 1968
    "Theodor Billroth in the Operating Room" drawing; "Mirror image after Seligman's original, painted by Paul Calle for Upjohn Corp. and given as a gift to [Karel] Absolon in 1974", ca. 1974
    Billroth - Coronado Press, 1974-1976
    Billroth Research, 1978, 1983, undated
    Billroth Articles by K. Absolon, 1979, 1982
    Photographs and mixed materials related to Theodor Billroth, 1979-1997, undated
    Classic photo of Theodor Billroth with pupils that has Karel B. Absolon's picture inserted (U. of Virginia - Richmond or VCU - Richmond), ca. 1990
    "Der Chirurg Theodor Billroth" - print of Werner Horvath's 1994 oil painting, undated
    Dr. Arthur E. Baue - correspondence concerning accuracy and original source of Billroth quotation, 1997
    CD of Billroth and Paracelsus images, 2004
    Billroth ephemera (including photograph of Billroth statue), undated
    "Billroth und der Kronprinz" (copy of typescript), undated
    Rugie (Rügen) Island map (place where Billroth was born). Double sided frame with text on the back. Also a separate piece with English translation., undated
    Print of drawing of street where Theodor Billroth lived with Prof. Baum in Gottingen, undated
    Copies of "The Genealogy of the Vienna Surgical School", undated
    Karel B. Absolon - bibliography cards for Theodor Billroth books, undated
    Photograph of Karel B. Absolon with Theodor Billroth's grandson looking at the Billroth family photo album, undated
  • Other Collecting Interests, 1622-1977
     
    Jean Zuléma Amussat (1796-1856) calling card, undated
    Print of drawing of Johann Jakob Baier (1677-1735), undated
    Print of drawing of Thomas Bartholin (1616-1680), 1688
    Print of lithograph of Claude Bernard (1813-1878) performing an experiment before a group of colleagues and students, undated
    Obituary for Dr. Brian Blades in Washington Post, 1977
    Cancelled check written by Alexis Carrel (1873-1944), 1925
    Print of drawing of Sir Astley Paston Cooper (1768-1841), undated
    Print of drawing of Guillaume Dupuytren (1777-1835), undated
    Print of drawing of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), undated
    Print of drawing of Georg von Frauenfeld (1807-1873), undated
    Print of drawing of Karl Ferdinand von Gräfe (1787-1840), undated
    Photograph of Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919), undated
    Newspaper clippings about Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919), ca. 1919
    Wooden framed reproduction of painting of William Harvey (1578-1657), ca. 1622
    Print of drawing of Lorenz Heister (1683-1758), ca. 1733
    Letters to Alexander Humbolt from Peter Simon Pallas and Wilhelm Hermann Abich - originals, facsimiles, transcriptions, plus images of Pallas (translated into English and with comments by Karel B. Absolon and John Ptak), 1793-1858, 1994, undated
    Print of drawing of Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1731), undated
    Print of drawing of Johann von Jessen (1566-1621), ca. 1607
    Three sheets of documentation associated with the Johann von Jessen print - includes title page of "Obrazy Z Minulosti Ceskeho Lekarstvi" (translated as "Portraits from the Past History of Czech Medicine"), ca. 1959
    Photograph of Rudolf Ulrich Krönlein (1847-1910), undated
    Print of drawing of Konrad Johann Martin Langenbeck (1776-1851), 1826
    Photograph of portrait of singer Jenny Lind (1820-1887), undated
    Print of drawing of Marcello Malpighi (1628-1694), undated
    Photograph of Carl Nicoladoni (1847-1902), undated
    Print of painting of Ambroise Pare (1510-1590) and information about him, undated
    Print of drawing of Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), undated
    Print of portrait of Ludwig Rehn (1849-1930), ca. 1919
    Print of silhouette of Johann Christian Reil (1759-1813), undated
    Two photographs of Carl von Rokitansky (1804-1878), undated
    Print of drawing of Johann Christian Rosenmueller (1771-1820), undated
    Print of drawing of Frederik Ruysch (1638-1731), undated
    Photograph of Dr. Ludwik Rydygier (1850-1920), undated
    Original letter from C. L. Schleich, 1921
    Print of portrait of Franz Schuh (1804-1878) and a photograph card, undated
    Print of etching of Karl Heinrich von Seibt (1773-1806), undated
    Prints of two photographs of Josef Skoda (1805-1881) and a photograph card (1869), 1869, undated
    Print of drawing of Wilhelm Gottlieb Tilesius von Tilenau (1769-1857), undated
    Print of drawing of Gerhard van Swieten (1700-1772), undated
    Print of drawing of Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), undated
    Original drawing of Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902); print of picture of young Virchow; copies of Virchow's high school essay (German plus English translation); translation of 1839 essay; copy of 1843 German dissertation; letter written by Virchow to unknown subject; postcard with Virchow's picture sent to [?] Absolon, undated
    Drawing of Rudolph Virchow (1821-1902), undated
    Report of Henri Wankel medical classes, 1842
    Heinrich Wankel's Journal (1 of 2), 1843-1845
    Heinrich Wankel's Journal (2 of 2), 1843-1845
    Wankel Family Papers, 1801-1851, 1909
    Painted copies of two sections of one (or two) surgical papyrus, undated
    Copies of brief biographies with pictures of Ernst Julius Gurlt (1825-1899), Robert Remak (1815-1865), Ludwig Traube (1818-1876), and Friedrich Theodor von Frerichs (1819-1885); photograph of unknown man, undated
    Five postcards depicting Gregor Mendel (1822-1884), Gustav Bohm and scenes from Brno, Czech Republic, 1974
    Copy of "1,956 Biographische Artikel und Nekrologe (BAN) der Munchener Medizinischen Wochenschrift (MMW)", 1997-1999
    Two maps of North America, 1823, undated


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