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Ellis Hudson papers, 1922-1966 and undated 1.2 Linear Feet — 700 Items

found in another Ellis Hudson collection in the Rubenstein Library, which is represented in the online
photographs relating to Hudson and his work can be found in another Ellis Hudson collection in the Rubenstein
American physician and syphilis researcher. Collection consists chiefly of correspondence, planning documents, patient case files, reports, maps, and related articles and other writings, chiefly dating from 1948-1952, deriving from Hudson's ground-breaking work during the 1950s on endemic syphilis in the Middle East, in the regions of modern-day Syria and Iraq. The collection also includes drafts of writings concerning the history and epidiemology of venereal and non-venereal syphilis in colonial-period Americas and in Europe. Additional papers and many photographs relating to Hudson and his work can be found in another Ellis Hudson collection in the Rubenstein Library, which is represented in the online catalog and finding aid. Forms part of the Trent Manuscripts Collection and was acquired by the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

Collection consists chiefly of research and planning materials deriving from Hudson's ground-breaking work during the 1950s on endemic syphilis in the Middle East, in the regions of modern-day Syria and Iraq. The "Bejel Project," as it was known, from a term for endemic syphilis, is documented through correspondence, planning documents, case files, reports, hand-drawn maps, and related articles and other writings. Most of the patients mentioned are only referred to by first names. The bulk of the material dates from 1948 to 1952, the lifespan of Hudson's project. The collection also includes drafts of writings concerning the history and epidemiology of venereal and non-venereal syphilis in colonial-period Americas and in Europe.

Forms part of the Trent Manuscripts Collection ans was acquired by the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University. Additional papers and many photographs relating to Hudson and his work can be found in another Ellis Hudson collection in the Rubenstein Library, which is represented in the online catalog and finding aid.

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Ellis Hudson was born in 1890 in Osaka, Japan, to American missionary parents, and was educated at
Ellis Hudson Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Letter from Ellis Hudson, 1969, Apr. 25, California, to Dr. Goldwater. Trent Manuscripts Collection
Ellis Hudson was an American physician who founded a Presbyterian mission hospital in Syria and studied non-venereal syphilis there. The Ellis H. Hudson Photographs and Papers date from the 1920s to late 1950s, and consist of black-and-white photographs and negatives of people in Syria with non-venereal syphilis relating to Hudson's research on this topic in the early twentieth century, as well as galley proofs of maps, charts, graphs, and tables from his book Non-Venereal Syphilis: A Sociological and Medical Study of Bejel (1958). Many of the photographs also appear in this book. Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

The Ellis H. Hudson Photographs and Papers date from the 1920s to the late 1950s, and consist of black-and-white photographs and negatives relating to Hudson's research on non-venereal syphilis in Syria in the early twentieth century, as well as galley proofs of maps, charts, graphs, and tables from his book Non-Venereal Syphilis: A Sociological and Medical Study of Bejel (1958). Many of the photographs also appear in this book.

The prints and negatives primarily include black and white images of men, women, and children with cases of syphilis, and a few images of x-rays of body parts, what appear to be microsope views of cells, and aerial images of one or more towns in Syria. Images of people focus on areas of the body with significant lesions, growths, or other obvious symptoms of syphilis, and may include information such as the name, age, and gender of the person in the image, as well as some information about their medical history. The faces of people depicted in the images may appear in the original image.

Many unique original negatives were cellulose nitrate, which were digitized, then removed from the collection. Prints of those images, when present, have been retained. Some cellulose acetate film (safety film) remains in the collection.