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Name: Robinson, Victor, (1886-1947)

Historical Note:

Victor Robinson (1866-1947), son of a Russian physician, was born in Ukraine and brought to the United States as a child.  He studied pharmacy at New York University and the New York College of Pharmacy and law at Columbia University.  In 1917, Robinson received his doctor of medicine degree from Chicago College of Medicine (now Loyola University).

He founded Medical Life, the first English language journal on the history of medicine, and helped organize the History of Science Society in 1924.  In 1932 he photographed and studied archaeological sites of medico-historical interest in Crete, Greece and Italy.  In addition to editing Medical Life, Robinson also wrote and edited many works on the history of medicine.  He was the subect of Victor Robinson, a romantic medical historian (1959) by George Rosen.  Among his writings are Essay on hasheeh:  including observations and experiments (1912, 1925), Pathfinders in medicine (1912, 1929), Don Quixote of psychiatry (1919), Pioneers of birth control in England and America (1919), Life of Jacob Henle (1921), Story of medicine (1931), Dr. Jad; the way of life of a physician (1941), Morals in wartime (1943), White Caps; the sotry of nursing (1946) and Victory over pain; a history of anesthesia (1946).  He served as editor for Encylopedia sexualis; a comprehensive dictionary-encyclopedia of the sexual sciences (1936), Modern home physician; an encyclopedia of medical knowledge (1938) and New peoples physician; the concise encyclopedia of heath (1941). 

Sources: Victor Robinson Papers, Call Number MS C 28, National Library of Medicine.  Also "Victor Robinson," Wikipedia, (accessed December 16, 2014).

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