Finding Aid

David Lion Drabkin Papers

UPT 50 D756

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Summary Information

Prepared by
J.M. Duffin under the direction of Karen D. Stevens
Preparation date
1987
Date [inclusive]
1925-1963
Extent
3.0 Cubic feet

PROVENANCE

Transferred from the Center for History of Chemistry, 1985.

ARRANGEMENT

The Davie Lion Drabkin Papers are organized into six series: Lecture Notes, Student Material, Correspondence, Design Plans for Equipment, Personal Reference Material, and Printed Material. All series are arranged alphabetically.

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

David Lion Drabkin was born in 1899 in Mohilev, Russia. In 1919, he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts from the City College of New York. In 1924, he was graduated from Cornell University with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. In 1926, he was appointed as an Instructor in Physiological Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In 1930, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Physiological Chemistry (later Biochemistry), being promoted to Associate Professor in 1942 and Professor in 1946. In 1946, he became Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry of the Graduate School of Medicine, a position he held until his retirement from the University in 1968.

As a researcher, Drabkin was known for his spectrophotometric investigations of hemoglobin, research of the role of enzymes in metabolism, and knowledge of the applications of photography to biochemical research.

He died in 1981.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

These papers include lecture notes while teaching for the Graduate School of Medicine, 1946-1968 and for the Walter Reed Medical Center, 1950. Topics covered are: clinical acidosis, dietetics, malnutrition, the spleen, chemistry of the skin, treatment of protein deficient states, hypoproteinia and edema, re absorption of glucose acidification of urine, metabolism, vitamins, longevity, oxygen homeostasis, vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration, and ketosis. His research notes; correspondence with students, publishers, and friends; design plans for equipment; typescript drafts of manuscripts; and miscellaneous personal reference material as well as instrumentation manuals, operating instructions, and product literature may also be found among his papers.

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
University of Pennsylvania. Graduate School of Medicine.
University of Pennsylvania. School of Dental Medicine.
Walter Reed Medical Center.
Genre(s)
Correspondence.
Lecture notes.
Manuscripts (for publication).
Occupation(s)
College teachers–Pennsylvania–Philadelphia.
Subject(s)
Biochemistry–Experiments.
Biochemistry–Study and teaching.

Inventory

 

Lecture Notes 

Box

Folder

Graduate School of Medicine, 1946-1958 

1946-50 

1

1

1946-56 

1

2

1947 

1

3

1947 

1

4

1947, 59 

1

5

1947-50 

1

6

1947-ca.1951 

1

7

1947-53,1960-61 

1

8

1947-56 

1

9

1948 

1

10

ca.1948 

1

11

1948,195- 

1

12

1948, 1955-56 

1

13

1948-195- 

1

14

1948-50 

1

15

1948-ca. 1956 

1

16

1949-52 

1

17

1952-ca.1953 

1

18

ca.1954 

1

19

1955-56 

1

20

1955-56 

1

21

1955-ca.1956 

1

22

1957 

1

23

1957 

1

24

1958 

1

25

Walter Reed Medical Center, 1949-1954 

1949 

1

26

1949, 1954 

1

27

1950 

1

28

 

Student Material, 1949-51 

Box

Folder

Graphs, Pvt. B. Dotson, 1951 

1

29

Notebook,Edwin Gordy, 1949-51 

1

30

Thesis, Edwin Gordy 

1

31

Thesis Illustrations, Edwin Gordy 

1

32

 

Correspondence 

Box

Folder

General, 1928-1963 

(1) 

1

33

(2) 

1

34

(3) 

1

35

(4) 

1

36

(5) 

1

37

(6) 

1

38

General Electric 

(1) 

2

1

(2) 

2

2

General, 1934-1956 

(1), n.d. 

2

3

(2), n.d. 

2

4

(3), n.d. 

2

5

(4), n.d. 

2

6

1934 

2

7

1937 

2

8

1951, 52 

2

9

1952 

2

10

1955-56 

2

11

1956 

2

12

 

Design Plans for Equipment, 1949-1956 

Box

Folder

n.d. 

2

13

1949 

2

14

1955 

2

15

1956 

2

16

 

Personal Reference Material 

Box

Folder

(1) 

2

19

(2) 

2

20

(3) 

2

21

(4) 

2

22

(5) 

2

23

 

Printed Material 

Box

Folder

Instrumentation Manuals, Operating Instructions, Product Literature 

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