King County Historical Bibliography, Part 09: Medicine

  • Posted 11/23/2004
  • Essay 7151

This bibliography on the history of medicine in King County was prepared as a community history resource by staff of the former King County Office of Cultural Resources, now 4Culture (King County Cultural Development Authority). It was last revised in June 1999.


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This bibliography provides some of the major references relating to medical history, technology and biography of King County. Much of the reference information relating to specific medical themes, specializations and record series may be found in the works cited here. Additional information may be available in landmark nominations and general works on regional and community history.

Papers in this series are maintained in electronic format. They are revised and updated periodically as new information becomes available.


Achievement of a Vision, Children's Orthopedic Queen Anne Campus, 18 Years Progress, brochure, copy on file Seattle Public Library Seattle Room Box 18.

Babson, S. Gorham, M.D., compiler, A History of Pediatrics in the North Pacific, 1919-1970, commemorating the Centennial Meeting of the North Pacific Pediatric Society, 1970, University of Oregon Medical School Printing Department.

Bard, Mary, The Doctor Wears Three Faces, 1949, Philadelphia and New York, J.B. Lippincott Company.

Bigelow, John, A Century of Service: Washington Hospitals, 1957, Seattle, Washington Hospital Association.

Bodemer, Dr. Charles W., Pelts. Pills and Profits, Part 1, Portage, Vol. 3 No. 4, Fall, 1982. pp.21-23., Part 2, Vol. 4. No. 1,Winter, 1982, p. 9ff.

Boyd, Robert T., The Introduction of Infectious Diseases Among the Indians of the Pacific Northwest, 1774-1874, 1985, Seattle, unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Washington.

Brady, Marlyn, Project Director, A Shared Experience: A History of Washington State's Human Services from Territorial Days to the Present, 1989, Department of Social and Health Services Centennial Committee.

Buchanan, Charles Milton, M.D., Some Medical Customs, Ideas, Beliefs and Practices of the Snohomish Indians of Puget Sound, n.d., typescript on file, Seattle Public Library Seattle Room.

Clancy, Frank J., M.D., Doctor Come Quickly, 1950, Seattle Superior Publishing Company.

Clark, E. Lee Rae, History And Organization of the Medical Service Bureaus in the State of Washington, 1985.

Coe, Robert C., M.D., The Seattle Surgical Society 1914-1989, 1990, Seattle, Seattle Surgical Society, Inc.

Colfelt, Robert H., M.D., Together in the Dark: Mysteries of Healing, 1987, Seattle, Madrona Publishers.

Crowley, Walt, To Serve the Greatest Number: A History of Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, 1996, Seattle Group Health Cooperative in association with University of Washington Press.

Dale, David C., M.D., A Brief History of Graduate Medical Education on Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, Western Journal of Medicine, April, 1989, pp. 473-477.

Dorman, Helen Thompson, A History of Public Medical Care in the State of Washington, 1939, Chicago, unpublished master's thesis, University of Chicago.

Finch, Clement A., M.D., Fulfilling the Dream: A History of the University of Washington School of Medicine 1946-1988, 1990, Medical Alumni Association, University of Washington School of Medicine.

Firland Sanitorium 1911 to 1946: The Story of An Institution Dedicated to the Cure and Eradication of Tuberculosis, brochure, copy on file, Seattle Public Library, Seattle Room Box 28.

Guilmet, George M, Robert T. Boyd, David L. Whited and Nile Thompson, The Legacy of Introduced Disease: The Southern Coast Salish, in American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Vol. 15 No. 4, 1991, pp. 1-32.

Gunther, Erna, Ethnobotany of Western Washington, Vol. X No. 1, 1945, University of Washington Publications in Anthropology, reprinted 1955, University of Washington Press.

Goff, Willard F., M.D., Seattle's Pioneer Hospitals, typescript on file, Seattle Public Library Seattle Room, Box 29.

The History of Base Hospital Fifty: A Portrayal of the Work Done By This Unit While Serving in the United States and With the American Expeditionary Forces in France, 1922, Seattle, Base Hospital Fifty Committee.

History of Schick Shadel, 3 pp., available 8/98 on internet at

Hollander, Russell, Mental Health Policy in Washington Territory, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Vol. 71, October, 1980, pp. 152-161.

Howard, Alma, "We Knew We Could Do It..." An Oral History of the Origins and Early Years of Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, 1983, Seattle, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound.

Jilek, Wolfgang G., M.D., Indian Healing: Shamanic Ceremonialism in the Pacific Northwest Today, 1982, Surrey (BC) and Blaine (WA), Hancock House Publishers.

Karolevitz, Robert, F. Doctors of the Old West, 1967, Seattle, Superior Publishing Company.

King, Harriet and Terry, The Team: 1955-1980, Physio-Control Corporation, Redmond, Washington, 1980, Redmond, Physio-Control Corporation.

King County Central Blood Bank, Incorporated, 4th ed., April, 1953, Seattle.

Laurel Beach Sanitorium, brochure, n.d., n.p., copy on file Southwest Seattle Historical Society.

Lease, Dennis, History of the Unique Medical Service Bureaus of Washington, September 1981 Washington Physicians Service.

Lehman, Sanford P., The Road to Health: A Short History of the Seattle King County Health Department, 1954, n.p.

Lerner, Barron H., Contagion and Confinement: Controlling Tuberculosis Along the Skid Road, 1998, Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press.

Lucia, Ellis, Seattle's Sisters of Providence: The Story of Providence Medical Center--Seattle's First Hospital, 1978, Seattle Providence Medical Center, Office of Public Affairs.

MacDonald, Betty, The Plague and I, 1948, Philadelphia, New York, J.B. Lippincott Company.

Mason, J. Tate, M.D., "Seattle's First Physician, Dr. David Swanson Maynard," Special Issue, Clinics of the Virginia Mason Hospital, Vol. XII, Seattle, 1933.

Matthews, Mark A., Beginnings, Progress and Achievement in the Medical Work of King County, Washington, n.d., Seattle.

McCallum, John D., Crime Doctor: Dr. Charles P. Larson, World's Foremost Medical Detective, Reports From His Crime File, 1978, Mercer Island (WA), The Writing Works.

Mc Crosson, Sister Mary of the Blessed Sacrament, The Bell and the River, a Biography of Mother Joseph, 1957, Palo Alto, Pacific Books.

Miller, Jay, Shamanic Odyssey: The Lushootseed Salish Journey to the Land of the Dead, Ballena Press Anthropological Papers No. 32, 1988 ed. by Sylvia Brakke Vane, Menlo Park (CA), Ballena Press.

Nourse, Alan E., M.D., Virginia Mason Medical Center: The First Fifty Years, 1970, Seattle, The Virginia Mason Hospital Association.

Olson, Hilding H., M.D., A Retrospective View of Northwest Medicine: Early History of the Department of Surgery and the Health Sciences of the University of Washington, 1989, Seattle.

Our Hospitals, Catholic Northwest Progress, October 22, 1965.

Pankow, Janet, Northwest Hospital: A Place Full of Life, Seattle, 1990, Northwest Hospital.

Prosch, Thomas W., The Insane in Washington Territory, NW Medicine, April 1914, copy on file Seattle Public Library Seattle Room Box 41.

Ravenholt, Reimert T., Immunizable Disease Occurrence and Prevention in Seattle, Public Health Reports Vol. 80, November 1965, pp. 981-993.

Reese, Michael, King County Medical Society: 1888-1988, 1988, Seattle, King County Medical Society.

Rhodes, Marjorie, Long Journey to Nowhere (A Case of Malpractice), 1990, Seattle, By the Author.

Riverton Sanitorium, brochure, copies on file, Museum of History and Industry and Washington State Historical Society Research Center.

Rockefellar, Nancy, Public Health in Progressive Seattle, unpublished masters thesis, 1986, Seattle, University of Washington.

------, In Gauze We Trust: Public Health and Spanish Influenza on the Seattle Home Front, 1918-1919, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Vol.77, July, 1986, pp. 104-113.

------and James W. Haviland, M.D., Saddlebags to Scanners: The First 100 Years of Medicine in Washington State, 1989, Seattle, Washington State Medical Association Education & Research Foundation.

Ross, Austin, Vision and Vigilance: The First 75 Years Virginia Mason Medical Center, 1995 Seattle, Virginia Mason Medical Center.

Schwabacher, Emilie B., A Place for the Children: A Personal History of Childrens Orthopedic Hospital and Medical Center, ed. by Heidi Rabel, 1977, Seattle, By the Author.

Seattle General Hospital, brochure, copy on file, Seattle Public Library Seattle Room Box 28.

Seattle Orthopaedic and Fracture Clinic, History, 2 pp., available on internet 8/98 at

Shipman, George A. and Frank S. Miyamoto, Medical Service Corporations in the State of Washington, 1962, Cambridge, Harvard University Press.

Skalley, Robert, A Medal for Marigold: Seattle's Marine Medic, From the Journals of Captain Robert Skalley, 1982, Seattle, Superior Publishing Company.

Skubi, Dr. Kazimir B., Reflections on 40 Years of Caring for Health, 1988, Coupeville WA, by the author.

The Story of Firland, 1935, Seattle, Firland Sanitorium.

Smith, Clarence, M.D., The Medical Profession, Chapter XXVII, pp. 553-577, in The History of King County, Vol. 1, ed. by Clarence Bagley. 1929, Chicago, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.

Smith, C.A. M.D., Seattle Hospitals, Northwest Medicine, Vol. 17, July, 1918, pp. 199-208.

Up From Darkness: A History of Washington Mental Hospitals, Perspective, Summer 1965, Department of Institutions, State of Washington, copy on file, Seattle Public Library, Seattle Room Box 22.

By Charles Payton

Revised 6.99

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