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David Y. Cooper Papers

UPT 50 C776

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center
Creator:
Cooper, David Y., 1924-2013
Title:
David Y. Cooper Papers
Date [bulk]:
1978-1990
Date [inclusive]:
1821-1999
Call Number:
UPT 50 C776
Extent:
8 Cubic feet
Language:
English
ABSTRACT:
David Y. Cooper was a graduate and later faculty member of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, well known for his research work in a number of fields. This collection primarily documents his work and reserach into topics relating to the history of medicine and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
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Biography/History

David Young Cooper, was born on 14 August 1924 in Henderson, North Carolina. He prepared for college at the Woodbury Forest School in Orange, Virginia, where he took a strong interest in science. He studied chemistry at University of North Carolina from 1942 to 1944 and earned its degree of Bachelor of Science in Medicine in 1946. While a student at North Carolina he entered the United States Naval Reserve (USNR) and served two years of active duty, 1943-45. In 1946 he entered the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he earned its Doctor of Medicine degree two years later. Following graduation he interned at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) for a year.

He returned to active duty with the USNR in 1949, continuing in the service until the end of 1952. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant and received an honorable discharge in 1958.

In 1953 to 1957 he was a resident in surgery at HUP. During those years he performed dual duties as a resident and a fellow of the Department of Surgical Research. He earned board certification in surgery in 1959 and was appointed to the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in the Harrison Department of Surgical Research. He spent his entire career at Penn before retiring and being named Professor Emeritus in 2004.

Dr. Cooper's most notable contributions in the medical field include the discovery of the role of cytochrome P-450, which is a series of enzymes found in the body, and the introduction of mouth-to-mouth artificial respiration. (1) "Discovery of cytochrome P-450 is critical to understanding the role of drug metabolism and drug interaction." (2)

During his long career he wrote dozens of scholarly articles and at least two books. One in particular that he co-authored, Innovation and Tradition at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine: An Anecdotal Journey, (1990), was published in conjunction with the 225th anniversary of Penn's medical school.

His belongs to several professional organizations such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the New York Academy of Science. He has served on several local and national committees, such as the National Institute of Health.

1 Update, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Sept. 11, 1999, vol. 10, issue 7.

2 Source: http://www.edhayes.com/startp450.html

Scope and Contents

Dr. Cooper's life-long study of medicine has produced a prolific career. He has contributed primarily to biochemistry and pharmacology research. However his career has taken him into other fields of research such as the history of science and medicine. The collection reflects his interest. It consists of Dr. Cooper's professional papers from 1950 to the 1990s. There are six bound volumes of published papers from 1950 to 1985 and three unbound volumes of papers including letters, manuscripts and photographs from 1978 to 1990s. In addition to his personal papers, the collection consists of several books from his personal library. The collection includes nineteen books on various medical subjects, such as female medicine and surgery. Eight volumes pertain to medical history and biography. The remaining items are medical instruction and general medical information books. One other item in the collection includes a reel of film, thought to be of Prof. Harvey's medical lecturers.

ARRANGEMENT

The David Y. Cooper Papers are organized into the following series and sub-series: Innovation and Tradition at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, original drafts, second drafts, third drafts; Research, Bound volumes, David Young Cooper Collection Abstracts and Papers; Photographs; Historical medical text books; Film. All series and sub-series are arranged in alphabetical order with the exception of the Innovation and Tradition series, which is arranged by chapter.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center,  January 2005

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Norma Rosado-Blake

Access Restrictions

Access to collections is granted in accordance with the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Centers.

PROVENANCE

Gift of Dr. David Y. Cooper (1948, M.D.) on 21 June 2004 (accession 2004:42).

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)
  • Cytochrome P-450.
  • History of Medicine, 19th Cent.--United States.
  • History of medicine, 20th Cent.--United States.
  • Public health--History.--United States

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Collection Inventory

Innovation and Tradition at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Original draft.
Box Folder

Chapter 1.

1 1

Chapter 2.

1 2

Chapter 3.

1 3

Chapter 4.

1 4

Chapter 5.

1 5

Chapter 6.

1 6

Chapter 7.

1 7

Chapter 9.

1 8

Chapter 10.

1 9

Chapter 11.

1 10

Chapter 12.

1 11

Chapter 13.

1 12

Chapter 1 (spiral bound).

1 14

Chapter 2 (spiral bound).

1 15

Chapter 3 (spiral bound).

1 16
Second draft.
Box Folder

Chapter 1.

1 17

Chapter 2.

1 18

Chapter 3.

1 19

Chapter 3 (continued).

1 20

Chapter 4.

1 21

Chapter 10.

1 22

Chapter 12.

1 23

Chapter 14.

1 24

Chapter 16.

1 25

Chapter 17.

1 26

Chapter 18.

1 27

Chapter 20.

1 28
Third draft.
Box Folder

Chapter 1.

2 1

Chapter 2.

2 2

Chapter 3.

2 3

Chapter 4.

2 4

Chapter 5.

2 5

Chapter 7.

2 6

Chapter 8.

2 7

Chapter 9.

2 8

Chapter 10.

2 9

Chapter 11.

2 10

Chapter 12.

2 11

Chapter 13.

2 12
Fourth draft.
Box Folder

Chapter 2.

2 14

Chapter 3.

2 15

Chapter 4.

2 16

Chapter 5.

2 17

Chapter 9.

2 18

Chapter 10.

2 19

Chapter 11.

2 20

Chapter 12.

2 21

Chapter 13.

2 22

Chapter 14.

2 23

Chapter 15.

2 24

Chapter 16.

2 25

Miscellaneous.

2 26

Contributions of the University of Pennsylvania and Its Medical School to Medical Science, Volume 1.

2 27

Research.

Collected Abstracts and Papers (bound volumes).
Box Folder

Volume I, 1985.

2 28

Volume II, 1985.

2 29

Volume III, 1985.

2 30

Volume IV, 1985.

2 31

Volume V, 1985.

3 1
Box Folder

Published papers on Cytochrome P-450, 1968 2003.

3 2

Personal account of Mott Cannon by G.J. Mannering, September 1992.

3 3

Articles related to the history of Cytochrome P-450 and medical education in binder, 1978-1991.

3 4

Published papers on Cytochrome P-450 and history of medical education in binder, 1986-1999.

3 5

Drug metabolism in binder, c. 1990.

3 6

Photographs.

Box Folder

Colleagues [unknown], c. 1990.

3 4

The 4th International Symposium on Molecular Steroidogenesis, 25 August 1999.

3 5

Historical Medical Text Books.

Box Folder

American Medical Biographies, 1920.

3 6

American Medical Biography, 1861.

3 7

A Cyclopedia of American Medical Biography, Volume I, 1912.

3 8

A Cyclopedia of American Medical Biography, Volume II, 1912.

3 9

The Early History of Medicine in Philadelphia, 1886.

3 10

Elements of Surgery, Volume I, 1813.

3 11

Elements of Surgery, Volume II, 1813.

7 1

An Eulogium on William P. Dewees, M.D., 1842.

7 2

Female Perineum, 1882.

7 3

History of the Life of D. Hayes Agnew, M.D., 1892.

7 4

The History of Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania, 1869.

7 5
The Philadelphia Journal of Medical and Physical Sciences.
Box Folder

Volume II, 1821.

7 6

Volume III, 1821.

7 7

Volume IV, 1822.

7 8

Volume V, 1822.

7 9

Volume VI, 1823.

7 10

Volume VII, 1823.

7 11

Volume VIII, 1824.

8 1

Volume IX, 1824.

8 2

Volume I (new series), 1825.

8 3
Box Folder

The Principles and Practice of Obstetrics, 1866.

8 5

Film.

Oversize

Professor Harvey's lectures, c. 1960.

OS 1