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Theophilus Parvin
Theophilus Parvin

Theophilus Parvin Papers
.25 linear ft. (1 box)

Biographical Note
Theophilus Parvin was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on January 9, 1829. He graduated from the State University of Indiana in 1847. He spent the next three years teaching high school in Lawrenceville, New Jersey while studying Hebrew at Princeton Theological Seminary. In 1852 he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, and he worked as a resident physician at Wills Eye Hospital for one year before moving to Indianapolis, where he practiced medicine until 1864. In that year he began his teaching career as Professor of Materia Medica at Ohio Medical College. He held this position until 1869 when he resigned to become Professor of Obstetrics at the Medical College in Indianapolis. He resigned again to hold a similar position at the University of Louisville before coming to Jefferson Medical College in 1883 as Professor of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children.

Parvin was known as an expert in obstetrics during his life, and it was because of Parvin that in 1886 Jefferson Medical College decided to establish the first maternity department of any American hospital. Throughout his career he also served as president for many organizations, including the American Medical Association, State Medical Society of Indiana, American Medical Journalists' Association, American Academy of Medicine, American Gynaecological Society, and the Philadelphia Obstetrical Society. He died suddenly on January 31, 1898 from cardiac asthma complicated by uremia and fluid in the lungs.

Scope and Contents
This collection contains several published biographies and memoirs of Parvin, four addresses, photocopies of several of his publications, letters sent to Parvin, news clippings, and various ephemera.

Organization and Arrangement

  1. Biography (1927-1961)
  2. Addresses (1870-1897)
  3. Publications (1875-1894)
  4. Correspondence (1861-1893)
  5. Events and Ephemera (1884-1890)
  6. Necrology (1898-1899)

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