Papers of father and son physicians Zebulon M. Caveness and William F. Caveness. The papers consist mainly of books of medical school notes; medical correspondence, certificates, and documents; a patient ledger from Zebulon M. Caveness; and a Curriculum Vitae from William F. Caveness.
Zebulon Marvin Caveness was born 1876 July 19 near Cheek's Mills, Randolph County, North Carolina, to Isaac Fields and Mary Ann (Bray) Caveness. He studied medicine at the University College of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia, and at the Medical Department of the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he graduated in 1903. Caveness married Corinna Jones (also called Mary Corrina Jones) in 1904. After general practices in Zebulon and Wakefield, he began his Raleigh practice in 1912, specializing in proctology. Caveness was a member of the North Carolina Medical Society, the Wake County Medical Society, and the Raleigh Academy of Medicine, and served as president of the Alumni Association of the University of North Carolina Medical School. He was a Fellow of the National Proctologic Association and a member of the Board of Trustees of Meredith College. He died in Raleigh, North Carolina, on 1957 May 14.
William Fields Caveness, son of Zebulon M. Caveness and Corinna (Jones) Caveness, was born 1908 September 13, in Zebulon, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1929 and subsequently did graduate work at Harvard University. In 1943 William received his medical degree from McGill University Medical School in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He married Angela Stampone, and after his death, she remarried and became Angela Caveness Weisskopf. Caveness received board certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, in Neurology, in 1949. In 1969 he became Chief, Laboratory of Experimental Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. He was a retired captain in the Naval Reserve and died on 1981 January 24 in Bethesda, Maryland. The National Head Injury Foundation William Fields Caveness Award (later the Brain Injury Association of America William Fields Caveness Award) was named after him.
The collection consists of the papers of father and son physicians Zebulon M. Caveness and William F. Caveness. A large portion of the collection is comprised of class notes from Zebulon M. Caveness during his time at the University College of Medicine, Richmond, Virginia, and the Medical Department of the University of North Carolina (UNC) in Raleigh, North Carolina, from 1900 to 1903, as well as transcriptions of some of these notes. Zebulon's certificate from the North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners, dated 3 June 1903, and his Physician's Certificate of Registration from the Superior Court of Wake County, North Carolina, dated 29 June 1903, are also included. Correspondence includes typed letters from Maryland Medical College and letters to and from book publisher William Wood. The collection contains patient records, including Zebulon's 1904 patient ledger and a patient's handwritten account of treatment by another doctor and then by Dr. Z. M. Caveness, ca. 1906. William F. Caveness's curriculum vitae is the only item directly related to him.
1994: Medical certificates. 1996: University of North Carolina correspondence and 11 books of medical school notes. 2000: Maryland Medical College correspondence, patient ledger, and 1 book of medical school notes. Probably circa 1994 – 2000: University College of Medicine, Richmond, Virginia documents and medical practice documents. Probably 1996: Curriculum Vitae. Gift of Angela Caveness Weisskopf of Bethesda, Maryland.
Gift of Angela Caveness Weisskopf
Processed by Melissa Nasea, 2015
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Related artifacts held at The Country Doctor Museum, Bailey, North Carolina.
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