Finding Aid
Solis-Cohen Family Collection
Jacob Solis-Cohen
Solomon Solis-Cohen
Myer Solis-Cohen
Rosebud Solis-Cohen

Solis-Cohen Family Collection

III. Solomon Solis-Cohen 1886-1952
3.5 Linear Feet (7 Boxes)

Few papers were found for Solomon Solis-Cohen within the collection. Many of the materials by and about Solomon were, in his professional activity, inseparable from the papers of Myer Solis-Cohen and are located within Myer’s papers.

Biographical Note
Solomon Solis-Cohen (1857-1948) was born in Philadelphia on 1 September 1857, the son of Myer David Cohen and Judith S. Solis. One of four children, his siblings included Jacob da Silva (1828-1927), Leon (1840-1884), and David (1850-1928). Solomon received his AB (1872) and MA (1877) from Central High School in Philadelphia and his MD from Jefferson Medical College in 1883. An internist and specialist in pharmacotherapeutics, Solomon was on the faculty at Jefferson from 1884-1927. His appointments included:

1884 Chief Clinical Assistant Medical Department
1885 Lecturer on Special Therapeutics
1888 Clinical Lecturer on Medicine
1902 Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
1904 Professor of Clinical Medicine
1927 Emeritus Professor

Solomon was also associated with the Philadelphia General Hospital (1887-1927), the Jewish Hospital (1887-1927), the Philadelphia Polyclinic and College for Graduates in Medicine (1887-1902), Rush Hospital for Consumptives (1890-1920), and the State Hospital for the Insane in Norristown, PA (1900-1924). While lecturing in medicine, Solomon also taught science in Philadelphia schools and was a lecturer at the College of Pharmacy and Sciences. In addition to his medical profession, Solomon, who was educated at Jewish Theological Seminary, was a Hebrew scholar and translator.

In 1885, Solomon married Emily Grace Solis (1859- ). Their children included Emily Elvira (1886-1966), David Hays (1887-1978), Leon (1889-1965), and Francis Nathan (1892- ). Solomon died on 12 July 1948 at the age of ninety.

Scope and Contents
This portion of the collection consists of materials by and about Solomon Solis-Cohen from 1886-1952. Chiefly reprints, other materials include correspondence, medical manuscripts, patient records, biographical memoirs (several written after Solomon's death by Myer), and a few of Solomon's theological writings in various Jewish publications. The majority of the materials document Solomon's clinical research at the Mastbaum Laboratory of the Jewish Hospital including information on meningococci infection, diphtheria, vasomotor ataxis, and tuberculosis. Also included in the collection are medical records, biographical papers, and published works of George D. Heist. Heist conducted significant scientific work under his mentor, Solomon, at Mastbaum, and also with Myer. Because his work was chiefly with Solomon, the Heist papers are primarily concentrated in Solomon’s clinical papers and published works in series B.4 and B.5.

Organization and Arrangement
The collection is organized into three series that are further divided into subseries.

  1. Personal papers
    1. Early years
    2. Family correspondence
    3. Judaica, social, civic, political papers
    4. Non-medical papers
    5. Honors
    6. Historical documents and publications
  2. Medical papers
    1. Biography
    2. Education
    3. Military and governmental service
    4. Clinical practice, research and teaching
    5. Published works
    6. Patient records
    7. Appointment records, clinical practice diaries
    8. Financial records
    9. Medical societies
    10. Awards and honors
    11. History of medicine
  3. Related materials
    1. Artifacts
    2. Photographs and pictorial work

Related Materials in Other Series

IV.B.6 Contains Solomon’s correspondence to Myer, principally on medical topics or patients including the treatment of Myer’s son David for multiple sclerosis.
I.C.4 Contains genealogical correspondence with Myer.

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