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The Physicians Forum for the Study of Medical Care was an organization of liberal doctors based in New York City. It began in 1939 as the Progressive Group of the New York County Medical Society, a group of members of the New York County Medical Society who called for the county medical society to make greater efforts to improve health conditions in New York City. The group quickly came to favor more liberal leadership of the county medical society and also nationally organized health insurance. It became the Physicians Forum in 1941 and achieved non-profit status as a corporation in New York state in 1944.

From the late 1940s through the 1960s the Forum came to play a significant role in the national conflict over the direction of health care in the United States. On the liberal side of the debate were several successive White House administrations, organizers of health insurance and group practice plans, and individual liberal doctors and organizations such as the Forum. These groups were opposed to the American Medication Association's more conservative views of health care, which favored independence for physicians and long-lasting personal relationships between doctors and their patients. The central issue was whether the U.S. should adopt federally-controlled national health insurance, similar to the systems that were being introduced in the United Kingdom and other countries. Throughout the debate, other health measures such as pre-paid plans, group plans, clinics, Social Security, medicare, etc., were cast in terms of being precursors to national health insurance. The AMA explicitly warned that the successful implementation of such plans would lead to national health insurance, while the Forum celebrated the same. In later years, when it became clear that national health insurance would not be successfully implemented, the Forum downplayed the intended connection between it and other programs while still supporting all of them.

The debate over national health insurance was primarily a long, multifaceted, publicity campaign soliciting the support of the general public, and of doctors in particular. The AMA lobbied congress, ran ad campaigns, raised funds from membership dues, and attempted to force members of county and state medical societies to join the AMA and pay dues to support it. The Forum protested such practices while running counter-ads and lobbying as best it could. At various points opponents directed a considerable amount of Red-baiting and anti-socialist rhetoric at the Forum.

Throughout, the Forum also continued to work in New York City. In most years the Forum ran a slate of doctors for the board and committee minor positions of the New York County Medical Society, and although their candidates were nearly all defeated, they consistently polled about 30% and elicited a considerable amount of campaigning and debating. The county medical society was also the venue for many Forum programs. The Forum worked on a variety of issues of local interest, such as discrimination in health care, reproductive rights for women, and the rights of doctors serving in the U.S. military. Especially when the issue related to health care, the Forum focused these campaigns on New York City, which often led to discussions and sometimes conflict with the county medical society.

Structurally, the Forum organized itself in several different ways. Although concentrated in New York, the organization considered itself national in scope and had members in many different cities. At various times there were chapters in several cities, primarily on the East Coast. In addition, as the Forum grew in New York it established separate chapters to advocate for the Forum program in the county medical societies of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. The Forum also organized a variety of national committees to tackle issues such as health care, Social Security, and the dangers of radioactive fallout from nuclear tests. Finally, the Forum spun off independent organizations, such as the Physicians Committee on Research, and was part of national coalitions, including the Council of Health Organizations.

The work of the Forum was largely the result of the leadership of Ernst P. Boas, who founded the organization and was its chairman until his death in 1955. The son of anthropologist Franz Boas, Dr. Boas was a successful heart specialist with his father's interest in activism. During Dr. Boas' life, the national Forum focused on issues such as discrimination in medical training and practices, hospital construction, and most importantly compulsory health insurance, as it was known in the 1940s. It is difficult to gauge from the collection the relative importance of the Physicians Forum in the debate over compulsory health insurance. Certainly the Forum was a small organization, and less important than many other advocates of compulsory health insurance, but it was large enough to be noticed.

The early health insurance debate centered around the comprehensive Wagner-Murray-Dingell Bill. The Forum was involved in debates, sent members to appear before congressional committees, and organized mailings, coalitions, and conferences. The AMA's responses included disputing the fiscal viability and stability of compulsory health insurance, suggesting that it would inevitably lead to inferior standards of health care, arguing that doctors would be unwilling to work under it, and supporting a variety of other bills that were less comprehensive in scope. These bills tended to gave more oversight to the AMA and were intended to appease the supporters of compulsory health insurance without ceding any of the control over fees and services that the AMA enjoyed. The AMA-controlled National Physicians Committee became involved in the controversy in 1941, when it was created, ostensibly to study medical care. The Forum and other liberal groups charged that it funneled AMA funds into a propaganda campaign designed to discredit the supporters of national health insurance by associating them with Communism. In the late 1940s these objections grew more common, and in 1949 the AMA disbanded the National Physicians Committee under pressure, while declaring victory in the battle over national health insurance.

The late 1940s were an increasingly tense time, and it was during the same period that medical McCarthyism became a major issue on the Forum's agenda. A related issue was that of loyalty oaths, which were required by an increasing number of organizations in many areas of American life. Starting in 1949 the Forum worked against the imposition of loyalty oaths, and this increased its prominence in the broader battle against anti-socialist reactionaries. This larger role led to testimony before many congressional investigations of alleged communists and involvement in coalitions protesting the same throughout the 1950s. As part of this, the Forum reached out to individual doctors accused of Communism or disloyalty, and forged links with men such as John P. Peters, who would later become an important member of the Forum. In the late 1940s and early 1950s the federal Social Security program was broadened so that it included more Americans than ever before, but not self-employed professionals such as doctors and lawyers. Seeing Social Security as similar to national health insurance, the Forum began to campaign for the inclusion of physicians in Social Security. As Congress gradually extended the Social Security program to professional groups, it looked to professional organizations such as the AMA for guidance. This allowed the AMA to delay the inclusion of physicians in Social Security, setting Social Security up as another battleground between the AMA and the Forum.

The Forum went through its first major organizational shift in 1955, with the death of Dr. Boas. To a large extent, it was Dr. Boas' energy and convictions that had given the organization its direction. When funds needed to be raised on an emergency basis, he would lend the Forum money or write to his friends asking them to do the same. When the Forum's often haphazard operations threatened to break down, he would devote his time to writing letters and sorting the office out in a way that few (although some) of his fellow Forum members were willing or able to do. During the decade and a half that he led it, the Forum was truly his organization. Without Dr. Boas, the Forum began to change its operations.

Dr. Boas was succeeded as chairman by Edmund Braun, a longtime member and secretary of the Board of Directors of the Forum and another dedicated volunteer, as well as the president of the New York Chapter of the Forum. During this period, the Forum became more involved in promoting voluntary health insurance plans. The Forum's position had always been that voluntary plans could never be as effective as national health insurance, because only the payees and not the payers would want to subscribe. But it viewed voluntary plans as useful to establish the principle that health insurance was viable and acceptable to Americans. As the years went by and national health insurance looked less and less likely, the Forum increased its enthusiasm and support for voluntary plans, especially the Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York.

During this period the Forum also created an Administrative Committee to address issues of fund-raising, office management, and member recruitment on an institutional level rather than leaving these tasks solely on the shoulders of the chairman and the executive secretary. Dr. Braun served for only two years before the Forum decided in 1957 to make the chairmanship a position that rotated on an annual basis.

This new structure led to further changes. The Forum's work, especially its work with other groups fighting medical McCarthyism, had diversified its membership around the country. The new rotating chairmanship began with Paul Levietes of Connecticut, followed by Katherine Dodd of Arkansas, and the scattered nature of the Forum's leadership reinforced the idea that the organization would not be dependent on the willingness and ability of individual leaders to sacrifice tremendous amounts of their time. This led to an increase in the responsibilities of the Forum's various committees, which essentially took over the operation of the Forum.

In the early 1960s, the conflict over health insurance and Social Security entered another phase, with the proposal of Medicare legislation to extend Social Security to provide greater health benefits to the elderly. The Forum appears to have entered this campaign with a renewed vigor, as the collection suggests that the national office once again took the lead on this issue, with several successive chairmen being heavily involved in letter-writing and campaigning. With the emergence of the civil rights movement into the mainstream, the national office also re-engaged the issue of discrimination in medicine.

After Medicare became law in the mid-1960s, there is a significant drop in the volume of the collection, although work on discrimination continued and it was joined by reproductive rights and other new issues through the late 1960s and into the 1970s. There is less information about these later years, but in 1985 the Forum also became incorporated in the state of Illinois, and a discussion of the constitution and by-laws of the corporation in 1992 suggests that operations were moved from New York to Chicago. The latest dated item in the collection is an invitation to a 2002 dinner that suggests that the Forum's office operations, or possibly just name, were then being looked after by the AFSCME International office in Chicago.

Physicians Forum Collection came to the University of Pennsylvania from Walter J. Lear's Institute of Social Medicine and Community Health at two times; the bulk of the collection in 2005, and a smaller, related collection in 2008. The collection comprises 64 boxes of material, including administrative records, correspondence of members, work of committees, subject files on major issues, events, publications, publicity, news clippings, and a reference file on other organizations. The collection primarily contains minutes, notes, and correspondence but also includes printed materials such as publications and a few audio tapes. The volume of the collection is variable, as the Forum's level of activity was not constant. It peaked between 1945, when the Forum was fully organized behind national health insurance, and 1965, when Medicare was passed.

The Organization and Administration series contains records pertaining to the organization and history of the Forum. The constitution and statement of principles address the organization's establishment and several important transitions such as incorporation and the move to Chicago. The Board of Directors' files contain a chronological record of the meetings and correspondence of the Forum's directors in their official capacities, giving a sense of the national office's work, including the volume of work done by the Forum's executive secretaries.

The Papers of Forum Members series illustrates this further, with a considerable portion of the series comprising the papers of the executive secretaries and chairmen of the Forum. Including personal, non-Forum, and official Forum correspondence that does not fall under any specific committee or issue, the series suggests the large role the Forum played in its members lives. The papers of Dr. Boas form a large part of the series, and contain many documents concerning the Forum's founding and organization. The correspondence files of executive secretaries Jocelyn Wagner and Pat Lievow include useful summaries of the Forum's history.

Rounding out the basics of the Forum's operations, the Committees series and the Regional Activities series contain information about the Forum's efforts to diversity itself with respect to both issues and geography. The committees varied widely in scope, and some of their files contain just a few pages of minutes while others have several folders and chronicle entire campaigns. Some key examples of the latter type of committee are the Committee on Social Security for Physicians, the Radiation Hazard Committee, and the Women's Committee, a group of doctor's wives who helped with fund-raising and event planning. Similarly, the regional files vary from those of well organized and long-lasting groups such as the Boston chapter to groups that never had a chapter, such as Los Angeles, and groups that appear to have been a chapter in name only, such as the Philadelphia chapter.

The series of records from the New York County Medical Society is one of the more complex and important parts of the collection. The Forum began as a group of doctors who felt that they needed to provide a liberal voice in the New York County Medical Society, and so the county medical society comprises one of the oldest, longest, and most complete series in the collection. The Forum's relationship with the county medical society, antagonistic as it often was, included many of the Forum's most important projects. The series contains materials pertaining to the planning of the Forum's "independent slate" of candidates for county medical society office each year, including correspondence detailing the planning the campaigns, advertising, election monitoring, and the results and reactions to the elections, which often included an exchange of letters with the county medical society's nominating committee protesting the manner in which the election was run. The county medical society records also contain an important archive of Forum actions in the file of resolutions introduced by members of the Forum from the chronological file of the county medical society's general records. In addition to the relevant portions of the Forum's program, the county medical society files also include materials generated by the county medical society for a variety of purposes.

The Issues series contains the majority of the documentation of the Forum's activities, filed by subject, with each folder including materials such as meeting minutes, correspondence, activity planning, and coalition-building around specific issues. Note that in cases where the Forum had a committee working on a given issue, all papers that originated with the committee are filed in the committees series. The largest portion of the Issues series is devoted to national health insurance, and there are also substantial files on hospitals, Social Security, doctors in the military, and Forum responses to anti-socialism and Red-baiting. There are also files for a wide variety of smaller Forum concerns, ranging from abortion to food costs to nuclear weapons. Taken together, these files show an organization with wide interests but limited resources, working to balance its priorities.

The remainder of the Forum's work consists of its events and publications. The events files contain documentation of major events such as conferences, annual meetings and dinners, and other events such as informal parties and public meetings around specific issues. These events show another angle of the Forum's interactions with the public, while the annual meetings and dinners, especially the Tenth Annual Dinner (1953), Twentieth Anniversary Dinner (1959), Fortieth Anniversary Dinner (1979), and the Ernst B. Boas Memorial Dinner (1955), provide many interesting retrospectives of Forum history. Similarly, the Forum's publications, especially the Bulletin, provide a considerable amount of historical content as well as an idea of the Forum's message to the general public. The scattered nature of some of the publications and the correspondence around the publishing process also provide another window into the Forum's day-to-day operations.

The Publicity and Papers of Other Organizations series contain material not generated by the Forum but kept by the Forum because it was relevant to their work. Publicity includes sub-series with coverage of the Forum and Forum members in news sources and also a substantial sub-series consisting of news clippings filed under the same subject scheme as the issues series. The Papers of Other Organizations series consists of papers of other organizations that were of interest to the Forum. Finally, the collection includes one set of reel-to-reel audio tapes and a small amount of memorabilia.

Gift of Walter J. Lear Institute of Social Medicine and Community Health, 2005 and 2008.

The creation of the electronic guide for this collection was made possible through a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources' "Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives" Project. Finding aid entered into the Archivists' Toolkit by Garrett Boos.

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University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
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Christopher Segal and Heather Isbell Schumacher
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Series Description

Contains the various constitutions and statements of principles of the Physicians Forum, as well as minutes, correspondence, and other records of the Board of Directors and its subcommittees. Also includes the executive secretaries' notes and calendars, but not correspondence. Contains files pertaining to the management of the national office, especially campaigns to increase the membership and income of the Forum. Minutes for special council meetings (1941-1942) and stated meetings (1941-1943) can be found in the Supplementary Records series.

Physical Description

5.5 boxes

Constitution and By-Laws of the Physicians Forum, Inc., 1945-1968, 1975, 1992, undated.
Box 1 Folder 1
Statement of Principles and history of the Physicians Forum, 1942-1966, 2004, undated.
Box 1 Folder 2
Progressive group of the New York County Medical Society, organizing meetings, 1941.
Box 1 Folder 3
Board of Directors, minutes and correspondence, 1947-1958, undated.
Box 1 Folder 4-7
Board of Directors, minutes and correspondence, 1959-1991, undated.
Box 2 Folder 8-12
Board of Directors, Executive Committee, minutes and correspondence, 1939, 1941-1987, undated.
Box 3 Folder 13-16
Board of Directors, Nominations, 1964-1965, undated.
Box 3 Folder 17
Board of Directors, Subcommittee on Organization, 1968.
Box 3 Folder 18
Steering Committee, minutes, 1945.
Box 3 Folder 19
Minutes, unknown source, 1941-1964, 1989-1992.
Box 3 Folder 20
Administrative files and notes, 1941-1984, undated.
Box 3 Folder 21-22
Administrative files, Task Force, 1972.
Box 3 Folder 23
Executive Secretary's Files, 1938-1975, undated.
Box 4 Folder 24
Reports, 1951-1960.
Box 4 Folder 25
Recruitment and fund-raising, 1944-1971.
Box 4 Folder 26-31
Recruitment and fund-raising, 1971-1993, undated.
Box 5 Folder 32-34
Membership recruitment debate, 1947-1948, 1966.
Box 5 Folder 35
Elections and referenda surveys of members, 1948-1989, undated.
Box 5 Folder 36
Elections, ballots, 1954.
Box 5 Folder 37
Lists of membership and officers, 1941-1968, undated.
Box 5 Folder 38
Mailing lists, 1944-1971.
Box 5 Folder 39
Mailing lists, 1972-1985, undated.
Box 6 Folder 40

Series Description

Arranged alphabetically and then chronologically. Includes articles, speeches, public appearances, and incoming and outgoing correspondence of chairmen, executive secretaries, and other Forum members. Contains papers of a personal or non-specific nature, while correspondence and other materials that are explicitly and solely related to a single Forum committee, program, or issue are filed in Subjects/Issues. Ernst P. Boas, Walter J. Lear, and Pat Lievow were particularly long-serving Forum members or employees, and they have the largest files. Additional records for Walter J. Lear (1948-1996) are located in the Supplementary Records series.

Physical Description

6 boxes

Boas, Ernst P.: Articles, Speeches, and testimony, 1939-1951, undated.
Box 6 Folder 41-43
Boas, Ernst P.: Correspondence, 1914-1915, 1938-1948.
Box 6 Folder 44-45
Boas, Ernst P.: Correspondence, 1949-1954, undated.
Box 7 Folder 46
Boas, Ernst P.: Letters of Ernst P. Boas, M.D. (1891-1955), 1960.
Box 7 Folder 47
Boas, Ernst P.: Miscellaneous, 1935, 1938, 1945, 1981, undated.
Box 7 Folder 48
Boas, Ernst P.: Ernst P. Boas Memorial Fund and Award, 1957, 1971-1977, undated.
Box 7 Folder 49
Boas, Ernst P.: Ernst P. Boas Prize Essay, First, 1955-1957.
Box 7 Folder 50
Boas, Ernst P.: Ernst P. Boas Prize Essay, Second, correspondence, 1957-1960.
Box 7 Folder 51
Boas, Ernst P.: Ernst P. Boas Prize Essay, Second, essays, 1957.
Box 7 Folder 52
Braun, Edmund M., Papers, 1952-1971, undated.
Box 7 Folder 53
Burns, Paul, Correspondence, 1956-1958.
Box 7 Folder 54
Butler, Allan, Articles, speeches, and testimony, 1954-1967.
Box 7 Folder 55
Butler, Allan, Correspondence, 1945-1967, undated.
Box 7 Folder 56
Cannon, George D., Correspondence, 1950.
Box 7 Folder 57
Challenor, Bernard, Papers, 1971.
Box 7 Folder 58
Cornely, Paul, Correspondence, 1958-1964.
Box 7 Folder 59
Denzer, Bernard S., Papers, 1947.
Box 7 Folder 60
Dodd, Katherine, Correspondence, 1957-1959.
Box 8 Folder 61
Earnshaw, Katherine, Correspondence, 1952-1955.
Box 8 Folder 62
Emanuel, Alan, Correspondence, 1956.
Box 8 Folder 63
Fine, Jacob, Correspondence, 1955.
Box 8 Folder 64
Fraad, Lewis, Papers, 1968-1969.
Box 8 Folder 65
Gardner, Lytt., Papers, 1955-1969.
Box 8 Folder 66
Gold, Hyman, Correspondence, 1962-1968.
Box 8 Folder 67
Greenberg, Sidney M., Articles and speeches, undated.
Box 8 Folder 68
Haber, Sabrina, Correspondence, 1968.
Box 8 Folder 69
Holland, Rebekah, Correspondence, 1945-1946.
Box 8 Folder 70
Holloman, John, Correspondence and testimony, 1969-1971.
Box 8 Folder 71
Kelber, Harry, Papers, 1959.
Box 8 Folder 72
Langer, Elinor, Papers, 1966-1967.
Box 8 Folder 73
Lavietes, Paul H., Papers, 1957-1958, undated.
Box 8 Folder 74
Lear, Walter, Papers, 1944-1992, undated.
Box 8 Folder 75-76
Related Materials

For additional records from Walter Lear, see Series XIV, Supplementary Records, Folder 840

Lievow, Pat, Papers, 1954-1986, 1996, undated.
Box 9 Folder 77-82
March, Margaret, Correspondence, 1949-1952.
Box 10 Folder 83
Mayer, Leo, Correspondence, 1961-1964, undated.
Box 10 Folder 84
McCoy, Ira, Correspondence, 1950.
Box 10 Folder 85
McLaren, Louise, 1945.
Box 10 Folder 86
Mendell, Martha, Articles, 1946.
Box 10 Folder 87
Mendell, Martha, Correspondence, 1939-1958, undated.
Box 10 Folder 88-89
Messinger, Eli, Papers, 1967-1968.
Box 10 Folder 90
Meyer, Bernard, Articles, speeches, and testimony, 1949.
Box 10 Folder 91
Meyer, Bernard, Correspondence, 1969, undated.
Box 10 Folder 92
Nichols, Andrew, Papers, 1980-1983.
Box 10 Folder 93
Orris, Peter, Correspondence, 1982-1985.
Box 10 Folder 94
Peters, John P., Correspondence and testimony, 1942, 1953.
Box 10 Folder 95
Peterson, Malcolm, Papers, 1963, 1967-1968.
Box 10 Folder 96
Pragan, Karin M., Correspondence, 1959.
Box 10 Folder 97
Price, Elizabeth, Correspondence, 1965.
Box 10 Folder 98
Rand, Anna T., Correspondence, 1971.
Box 10 Folder 99
Roemer, Milton I., Papers, 1946-1948, 1964-1982.
Box 10 Folder 100
Roose, Lawrence J., Correspondence, 1951.
Box 10 Folder 101
Schamberg, Ira, Correspondence, 1960-1966.
Box 10 Folder 102
Segal, Benjamin, Correspondence, 1954-1958, undated.
Box 11 Folder 103
Selling, Ben, Correspondence, 1963-1968.
Box 11 Folder 104
Sidel, Victor W., Papers, 1971-1980.
Box 11 Folder 105
Somach, Irving, Articles, undated.
Box 11 Folder 106
Somach, Irving, Correspondence, 1941-1947.
Box 11 Folder 107
Spear, Paul, Papers, 1971.
Box 11 Folder 108
Strelnick, Hal, Papers, 1985.
Box 11 Folder 109
Wagner, Jocelyn, Correspondence, 1947-1949.
Box 11 Folder 110
Young, Edward L., Correspondence, 1953, 1963-1965.
Box 11 Folder 111
Ziporkis, Paul, Correspondence, 1946-1947.
Box 11 Folder 112
Correspondence regarding gift from Mrs. Albert D. Lasker, 1945.
Box 11 Folder 113
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1941-1951, 1959-1992, undated.
Box 11 Folder 114-115

Series Description

Includes annual budgets, tax returns, and records of loans. Fund-raising campaigns and appeals for individual loans are located in Organization and Administration.

Physical Description

0.5 boxes

Budget, 1946-1958.
Box 11 Folder 116
Budget, 1961-1995, undated.
Box 12 Folder 117
Financial reports, 1944-1955, 1965-1966.
Box 12 Folder 118
Income, 1961-1963.
Box 12 Folder 119
Loans, 1958-1960.
Box 12 Folder 120
Taxes, 1952-1960.
Box 12 Folder 121

Series Description

Arranged alphabetically. Contains the papers of the Forum's individual committees, including minutes, correspondence, publications, and event planning. Papers range from a few items for smaller committees such as the Medical Care Consultants to half a box for the Committee on Social Security for Physicians or the Speaker's Bureau. Records pertaining to the Committee on Civil Rights in Medicine, the Committee for Education on Radiation Hazards, the Committee for Health Without Discrimination, the Committee on Metropolitan New York Issues, the Research Committee, and miscellaneous committees can be found in the Supplementary Records series.

Physical Description

2.5 boxes

Administrative Committee, 1956-1958, 1979-1984.
Box 12 Folder 122
Blueprint Committee (on Health Care in the U.S.), 1968-1970.
Box 12 Folder 123
Bulletin Committee, undated.
Box 12 Folder 124
Child Abuse Task Force, 1972.
Box 12 Folder 125
Community Control Committee, 1969.
Box 12 Folder 126
County Society Strategy Committee, 1955.
Box 12 Folder 127
Discrimination, Committee on, 1954.
Box 12 Folder 128
Drug Task Force, 1972.
Box 12 Folder 129
Finance Committee, 1956-1963, undated.
Box 12 Folder 130
Health Care in Prisons Task Force, 1972.
Box 12 Folder 131
Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York, Committee on, 1953.
Box 12 Folder 132
Health Manpower Committee, 1969.
Box 12 Folder 133
International Health and Human Rights Committee, 1984.
Box 12 Folder 134
Medical Care Committee: Records, 1947-1966, undated.
Box 12 Folder 135-136
Medical Care Committee: Lear Report, 1963.
Box 12 Folder 137
Medical Care Committee: Proposal for a national hospital service, 1965.
Box 13 Folder 138
Medical Care Consultants, 1955.
Box 13 Folder 139
Membership Committee, 1944-1957, 1981-1983, undated.
Box 13 Folder 140
Mental Health Committee, 168-1970, undated.
Box 13 Folder 141
Mental Hygiene Committee, 1944, 1947.
Box 13 Folder 142
National Committee, 1957.
Box 13 Folder 143
New York Planning Committee, 1964.
Box 13 Folder 144
Nominating Committee, 1951-1952.
Box 13 Folder 145
Physicians Correspondence Committee, 1951-1952.
Box 13 Folder 146
Primary Health Care Task Force, 1972.
Box 13 Folder 147
Program Committee, 1941, 1963.
Box 13 Folder 148
Radiation Hazard Committee, 1956-1959, undated.
Box 13 Folder 149-151
Radiation Hazard Committee, Professor H.J. Muller, Articles and correspondence, 1957.
Box 13 Folder 152
Social Security for Physicians, Committee on: Records, 1952-1962, undated.
Box 14 Folder 153-155
Social Security for Physicians, Committee on: Newsletter, 1956-1964, undated.
Box 14 Folder 156
Social Security for Physicians, Committee on: New York State survey, 1956.
Box 14 Folder 157
Speakers Bureau, 1945-1949, 1963-1973, undated.
Box 14 Folder 158-159
Speakers Bureau, "Speaker's Kit", 1973, undated.
Box 14 Folder 160-161
Vivian Inez Douglas Memorial Scholarship Fund Committee, 1947-1948.
Box 14 Folder 162
Women's Committee, 1947-1960, undated.
Box 15 Folder 163-165
Young Physicians Temporary Committee, 1954.
Box 14 Folder 166

Series Description

Arranged alphabetically by place. Contains the papers of Forum groups other than the national office, including New York area and other chapters. There were also individual meetings of Forum members in several cities, filed under Regional Meetings.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Chapters, general information, 1947, 1962, undated.
Box 15 Folder 167
Regional Meetings, 1962-1963.
Box 15 Folder 168
Boston chapter, 1946-1966, undated.
Box 15 Folder 169-172
Boston chapter, Newsletter, 1952-1953.
Box 15 Folder 173
Boston chapter, 1945-1948, undated.
Box 15 Folder 174
Boston chapter, 1945-1959.
Box 16 Folder 175
Chicago chapter, 1944-1952, 1958, undated.
Box 16 Folder 176-177
Chicago chapter, Newsletters, 1949-1950.
Box 16 Folder 178
Los Angeles activities, 1945-1963, undated.
Box 16 Folder 179
New York chapter, 1946-1947.
Box 16 Folder 180
New York chapter, 1948-1965, 1982, undated.
Box 16 Folder 181-183`
New York chapter, Committee on Civil Rights in Medicine (Formerly the Anti-Discrimination Committee?), 1946-1949.
Box 17 Folder 184
New York chapter, Committee on Medical Freedom - Loyalty Oath, 1952.
Box 17 Folder 185
New York chapter, Forum Facts, 1947.
Box 17 Folder 186
New York chapter, reports, 1963, undated.
Box 17 Folder 187
Northern New Jersey chapter, 1946-1949, undated.
Box 17 Folder 188
Philadelphia chapter, 1947, 1963.
Box 17 Folder 189
Queens chapter, 1947-1954.
Box 17 Folder 190
Queens chapter, Newsletter, 1948-1949.
Box 17 Folder 191
San Francisco chapter, 1944-1964, undated.
Box 17 Folder 192
Washington chapter, 1946-1988.
Box 17 Folder 193

Series Description

Contains papers generated by and pertaining to the New York County Medical Society. The series reflects the New York County Medical Society's dual role as both the venue for many important Forum programs and also target of many Forum programs. Contains records of the county medical society, including its annual elections and its reactions to the Physicians Forum, as well as debates over the constitution of the county medical society and resolutions introduced by Forum members. Also includes the papers of several county medical society committees whose work was of interest to the Forum, and the county medical society's publications.

Physical Description

3 boxes

Records, 1937-1949.
Box 17 Folder 194-196
Records, 1950-1959.
Box 18 Folder 197-202
Records, 1960-1966, undated.
Box 19 Folder 203
Committee on Hospitals and Dispensaries, 1951.
Box 19 Folder 204
Committee on Public Health, 1956.
Box 19 Folder 205
Committee on Public Relations, 1940-1941, 1959.
Box 19 Folder 206
Continuing Committee on Discrimination, 1953-1966.
Box 19 Folder 207
Continuing Committee on Voluntary Health Insurance, 1955-1959.
Box 19 Folder 208
Standing Committee on Legislation, 1953.
Box 19 Folder 209
Creation of an Executive Secretary, 1939-1940.
Box 19 Folder 210
Journal of the Medical Society of the County of New York (including the previous New York Medical Week), 1931-1944, undated.
Box 19 Folder 211-212
New York Medicine, 1948, 1956-1964.
Box 19 Folder 213
New York Medicine, Correspondence, 1948.
Box 19 Folder 214
Public Health, Committee on, 1942, 1967.
Box 19 Folder 215
Proposals to change the constitution, 193-1941, 1956-1957.
Box 19 Folder 216
Proposals to change the constitution, 1957-1958, 1965.
Box 20 Folder 217-219
Resolutions, 1941-1963, undated.
Box 20 Folder 220-221

Series Description

Arranged alphabetically as a subject file. This series brings together under each issue all of the materials relating to it, including minutes, correspondence, publications, and some events of both the Forum and also other organizations supporting and opposing the Forum's position. Major subjects include health care, health insurance, and Social Security. The Supplementary Records series contains records on issues of adoption, the American Medical Student Association, the Black Women's Health Project, food additives and pesticides, international health, the twentieth anniversary of the March on Washington, the National School Health Services Act, salaried physicians, and torture.

Related Materials

For additional records from this series, see Series XIV, Supplementary Records, Folders 847-855.

Physical Description

24 boxes

Abortion, 1965-1968.
Box 20 Folder 222-223
Abortion, 1969-1982, undated.
Box 21 Folder 224-226
Affirmative Action, 1969-1982, undated.
Box 21 Folder 227
American Medical Association, 1934-1950.
Box 21 Folder 228-230
American Medical Association, 1951-1958, 1961-1986, undated.
Box 22 Folder 231-233
American Public Health Association, 1948-1949, 1958, undated.
Box 22 Folder 234
Anti-socialism: General, 1947-1955, 1961-1964, undated.
Box 22 Folder 235-236
Anti-socialism: Barsky, Edward, undated.
Box 22 Folder 237
Anti-socialism: Bleier, Ruth, 1953-1954.
Box 22 Folder 238
Anti-socialism: Briehl, Walter, 1957.
Box 22 Folder 239
Anti-socialism: Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, 1952-1955.
Box 22 Folder 240
Anti-socialism: Fine, Daniel, 1953.
Box 22 Folder 241
Anti-socialism: Journal of the American Medical Association (including Hoover editorial), 1945-1951.
Box 23 Folder 242
Anti-socialism: Peters, John, 1953-1956, undated.
Box 23 Folder 243
Anti-socialism: Peters, John, Bound copy of petition to the President, 1955.
Box 23 Folder 244
Anti-socialism: Stamler, Jeremiah, 1965-1966.
Box 23 Folder 245
Anti-socialism: Thierman, Sheppard Carl, 1950-1953.
Box 23 Folder 246
Birth control, 1958-1973, undated.
Box 23 Folder 247
Birth control in hospitals, 1958.
Box 23 Folder 248
Budgets (personal and government), 1963-1966, 1981-1983, undated.
Box 23 Folder 249
Catastrophic insurance, 1972.
Box 23 Folder 250
Chemical and biological weapons, 1969.
Box 23 Folder 251
Child abuse, 1973, undated.
Box 23 Folder 252
Cities, 1966.
Box 23 Folder 253
Civil rights, 1948-1965.
Box 23 Folder 254
Communism, 1953, 1955, 1994, undated.
Box 23 Folder 255
Community control of health services, 1969-1971.
Box 23 Folder 256
Community control of health services, Beth Israel Medical Center, 1970.
Box 23 Folder 257
Dianetics, 1950-1951.
Box 23 Folder 258
Diet, 1961.
Box 24 Folder 259
Disability, 1974, undated.
Box 24 Folder 260
Doctors Bill of Rights, 1945-1946, undated.
Box 24 Folder 261
Doctors in the military: General (including the draft), 1943, 1952-1958, 1967-1968.
Box 24 Folder 262-264
Doctors in the military: Case of Dr. Stanley Orloff, 1952-1953, undated.
Box 24 Folder 265
Doctors in the military: H.R. 429 and 1108, 1957.
Box 24 Folder 266
Drugs, medical, 1951, 1960-1974, undated.
Box 24 Folder 267-268
Drugs and alcohol, 1970-1971.
Box 25 Folder 269
Education discrimination in the medical profession, 1947.
Box 25 Folder 270
Elderly, 1948, 1957-1965, undated.
Box 25 Folder 271
Elderly, White House Conference on Aging, 1959-1961.
Box 25 Folder 272
Elections, 1940-1972.
Box 25 Folder 273
Elections, questionnaires to candidates, 1946.
Box 25 Folder 274
Environment (and health), 1966-1969.
Box 25 Folder 275
Family health, 1963.
Box 25 Folder 276
Fluoridation, 1957-1965.
Box 25 Folder 277
Food costs, 1946-1949.
Box 25 Folder 278
Government, 1957-1966.
Box 25 Folder 279
Government in health, general, 1942-1951, 1963-1968.
Box 25 Folder 280
Group practice, 1968-1971.
Box 25 Folder 281
Health care: General, 1962-1966.
Box 25 Folder 282-283
Health care: General, 1966-1981, undated.
Box 26 Folder 284-285
Health care: Costs, 1959-1970, 1983-1984, undated.
Box 26 Folder 286
Health Care: New York City, 1965-1978, undated.
Box 32 Folder 287
Health care: New York City, Piel Report, 1966-1968, undated.
Box 26 Folder 288
Health care: Regional (including the Debakey Report), 1965.
Box 26 Folder 289
Health of the general population: General (including the Fulbright-Taft Bill, 1944-1948, 1963, undated.
Box 26 Folder 290-291
Health of the general population: The Nation's Health (report), 1948.
Box 26 Folder 292
Health of the general population: New York, 1946-1948, undated.
Box 27 Folder 293
Health of the general population: White House Conference, 1965.
Box 27 Folder 294
Health Insurance: General, 1939-1949.
Box 27 Folder 295-298
Health Insurance: General, 1949-1960.
Box 28 Folder 299-304
Health Insurance: General, 1961-1972.
Box 29 Folder 305-308
Health Insurance: General, 1973-1980, undated.
Box 30 Folder 309-310
Health Insurance: Consumer protection, 1972.
Box 30 Folder 311
Health Insurance: Corcoran-Farbstein Bill, 1946.
Box 30 Folder 312
Health Insurance: Farbstein Bill, 1947.
Box 30 Folder 312
Health Insurance: Griffiths Bill (H.R. 17806), 1970.
Box 30 Folder 313
Health Insurance: Health Care Insurance Act of 1964, 1964.
Box 30 Folder 314
Health Insurance: Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York, 1954-1958.
Box 30 Folder 315
Health Insurance: Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), 1971-1976, undated.
Box 30 Folder 316
Health Insurance: Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), 1971-1976, undated.
Box 31 Folder 317
Health Insurance: Javits Bill, 1964.
Box 31 Folder 318
Health Insurance: National Health Insurance (Hill Bill), 1949.
Box 31 Folder 319
Health Insurance: The National Health Act of 1950, 1950.
Box 31 Folder 320
Health Insurance: The National Health Insurance and Public Health Act of 1949 (S. 5 and H.R. 783), 1949.
Box 31 Folder 321
Health Insurance: New York State, 1939-1945, 1956-1969, undated.
Box 31 Folder 322-323
Health Insurance: Saskatchewan, 1963.
Box 31 Folder 324
Health Insurance: Smith-Taft, 1949.
Box 31 Folder 325
Health Insurance: Taft Bill, 1946-1949.
Box 31 Folder 326
Health Insurance: Trussell Report (New York State), 1963-1964.
Box 31 Folder 327
Health Insurance: Trussell Report (New York State), 1963-1964.
Box 32 Folder 328
Related Materials

Trussell Report materials are also filed in New York County Medical Society, 1963.

Health Insurance: United Medical Service, 1962.
Box 32 Folder 329
Health Insurance: Wagner-Murray-Dingell Bill, 1939-1945.
Box 32 Folder 330-334
Health Insurance: Wagner-Murray-Dingell Bill, 1945-1948, undated.
Box 33 Folder 335-338
Health Insurance: Wagner-Murray-Dingell Bill, Coordinating Committee on the Wagner-Murray-Dingell Bill, 1945-1946.
Box 33 Folder 339
Health Insurance: Health of Native American, 1949.
Box 33 Folder 340
Health Insurance: Health in rural areas, 1944-1947, undated.
Box 33 Folder 341
Health Insurance: Hospital integration, 1957-1959.
Box 33 Folder 342
Hospitals: General, 1948, 1955-1969-, undated.
Box 34 Folder 343-344
Hospitals: Hill-Burton Bill, 1945-1946, 1957-1963, undated.
Box 34 Folder 345
Hospitals: New York City, 1948-1979, undated.
Box 34 Folder 346-347
Hospitals: New York City, reports, 1967-1968.
Box 34 Folder 348
Hospitals: New York State, 1964-1965.
Box 34 Folder 349
Housing, 1946.
Box 35 Folder 350
Hunger, 1971, 1984.
Box 35 Folder 351
Infant formula, 1980.
Box 35 Folder 352
Kings County Medical Society, 1956.
Box 35 Folder 353
Labor, 1945-1948, 1961-1976, 1990.
Box 35 Folder 354
Lead poisoning, 1968-1971.
Box 35 Folder 355
Liberal doctors, 1964, undated.
Box 35 Folder 356
Lobbying, 1967, undated.
Box 35 Folder 357
Loyalty oaths, 1947-1955, 1958, undated.
Box 35 Folder 358-359
Malpractice, 1975, undated.
Box 35 Folder 360
March on Washington, 1963.
Box 35 Folder 361
Maternal and child health, 1963, 1973, 1987.
Box 35 Folder 362
Maternal and child welfare, 1945-1946.
Box 35 Folder 363
Medicaid, 1966-1970.
Box 35 Folder 364
Medical education, 1949, 1951, 1957, 1960-1972, undated.
Box 35 Folder 365
Medical ethics, 1951-1958, 1973-1986.
Box 36 Folder 366
Medical manpower and civilian care, 1941-1971, undated.
Box 36 Folder 367
Medical research, 1945, 1957-1967, undated.
Box 36 Folder 368
Medical schools, admissions, 1946-1969, undated.
Box 36 Folder 369-370
Medical schools, admissions, Fraad letter, 1969.
Box 36 Folder 371
Medicare, 1961-1965.
Box 36 Folder 372
Medicare, 1962-1967, 1982-1985.
Box 37 Folder 373-376
Medicare, King-Anderson Bill, 1962-1964.
Box 37 Folder 377
Medicare, Title XIX (in New York State), 1966, undated.
Box 37 Folder 378
Mental health, 1946, 1964-1972.
Box 38 Folder 379
Me. Sinai Carver Clinic, 1953, undated.
Box 38 Folder 380
National Coalition on Health, 1969-1970.
Box 38 Folder 381
National Health Assembly, 1948.
Box 38 Folder 382
National Health Service Corps., 1972.
Box 38 Folder 383
National Medical Association, 1956-1967, undated.
Box 38 Folder 384
National Physicians Committee, 1941-1949, undated.
Box 38 Folder 385
Nazis: General, 1946.
Box 38 Folder 386
Nazis: Arnold, Godfrey Eduard, 1948-1955.
Box 38 Folder 387
Nazis: Schreiber, Walter P., 1950-1952, undated.
Box 38 Folder 388-390
New York City, 1963-1975, undated.
Box 39 Folder 391
New York City Department of Corrections, 1954.
Box 39 Folder 392
New York City Health Research Council, 1958.
Box 39 Folder 393
New York State, 1968-1971, undated.
Box 39 Folder 394-395
New York State Journal of Medicine, 1949.
Box 39 Folder 396
New York State Medical Society, 1950-1957.
Box 39 Folder 397
Nuclear Power, 1956-1980, undated.
Box 39 Folder 398
Nuclear weapons, 1981-1958, 1962-1982, undated.
Box 39 Folder 399-402
Nursing homes, 1965.
Box 40 Folder 403
Patients rights, 1973.
Box 40 Folder 404
Physicians' incomes, 1942, 1948, 1951.
Box 40 Folder 405
Polio, 1955-1958, undated.
Box 40 Folder 406
Pollution, 1965-1970.
Box 40 Folder 407
Population, 1959-1972.
Box 40 Folder 408
Poverty, 1966, undated.
Box 40 Folder 409
Prisons, undated.
Box 40 Folder 410
Promotion of science, 1947-1952.
Box 40 Folder 411
Psychiatric hospitals, 1940, 1970.
Box 40 Folder 412
Race discrimination in the medical profession, 1942-1957, 1963-1969, undated.
Box 40 Folder 413-416
Radiation, 1955-1963, undated.
Box 41 Folder 417-418
Radiation, Neuberger-Porter Bill (S. 1228 and H.R. 4820, 1957.
Box 41 Folder 419
Registrars, 1951.
Box 41 Folder 420
Responsibilities of organized medicine, 1947.
Box 41 Folder 421
Responsibilities of physicians, 1951-1953.
Box 41 Folder 422
Revenue sharing, 1973.
Box 41 Folder 423
Sexism, 1972.
Box 41 Folder 424
Smoking, 1966-1970.
Box 41 Folder 425
Social Security: General, 1944-1958.
Box 41 Folder 426-427
Social Security: General, 1959-1972, undated.
Box 42 Folder 428
Social Security: Legislation, 1958-1960.
Box 42 Folder 429
Social Security: Forand Bill, 1957-1961, undated.
Box 42 Folder 430-434
Social Security: "Medical Care for the United States" from The Debate Review, 1963.
Box 43 Folder 435
Social Security: The President's Health Insurance Proposal (H.R. 4222), 1961.
Box 43 Folder 436
Social Security for physicians, 1949-1965, undated.
Box 43 Folder 437-441
State University of New York, 1947-1948.
Box 43 Folder 442
Sterilization, 1977.
Box 43 Folder 443
Students, 1968.
Box 43 Folder 444
Unemployment, 1946.
Box 43 Folder 445
Veteran doctors, 1945-1946.
Box 44 Folder 446
Veteran's health, 1945-1950, undated.
Box 44 Folder 447
Vietnam, 1967-1971.
Box 44 Folder 448
War, 1966-1967, undated.
Box 44 Folder 449
Welfare, 1947-1955, 1969-1971.
Box 44 Folder 450
World health, 1945.
Box 44 Folder 451

Series Description

Arranged alphabetically by event title. Includes planning, correspondence, publicity, and follow-up for Forum events, including annual meetings and dinners, as well as events focused on specific issues and miscellaneous events. These include events for Forum members and also events open to the public. Also major one-time events such as the Conference for Health Care without Discrimination (1949). The Forum's records for Veterans Today and Tomorrow can be found in the Supplementary Records series.

Related Materials

For additional records from this series, see Series XIV, Supplementary Records, Folder 856.

Physical Description

2.5 boxes

Annual Meeting, 1944-1962, 1964-1992, undated.
Box 44 Folder 452-456
Annual Dinner, 1957-2002.
Box 44 Folder 457-458
Annual Dinner, 1957-2002.
Box 45 Folder 459
Annual Dinner. Tenth Annual Dinner, 1953.
Box 45 Folder 460
Annual Dinner, Ernest B. Boas Memorial/Tribute, 1955.
Box 45 Folder 461
Annual Dinner, Twentieth Anniversary Dinner, 1959.
Box 45 Folder 462
Annual Dinner, Fortieth Anniversary Dinner, 1979.
Box 45 Folder 463
Business meeting, 1943-1981.
Box 45 Folder 464
APHA Annual Meeting gathering, 1967-1987.
Box 45 Folder 465
Barshy Award, 1986.
Box 45 Folder 466
"Black Admissions to Medical Schools" (meeting), 1968-1969.
Box 45 Folder 467
Candid Conference on National Health, 1949.
Box 45 Folder 468
Conference for Health Care Without Discrimination, 1949.
Box 45 Folder 469-470
Conference for Health Care Without Discrimination, Temporary Committee for Health Care Without Discrimination, 1949.
Box 46 Folder 471
Conference on Problems of Medical Care, 1944.
Box 46 Folder 472-474
Coordinating Council meeting, 1968.
Box 46 Folder 475
Ernst P. Boas Memorial Meeting, 1955.
Box 46 Folder 476
Forum on the Responsibility of Organized Medicine, 1946.
Box 46 Folder 477
Fund-raisers, 1950-1960, undated.
Box 46 Folder 478
Fund-raisers, Garden party, 1951-1957.
Box 46 Folder 479
Lecture by Dr. Benjamin Spock (Women's Committee event), 1953-1954.
Box 46 Folder 480
Mental Hygiene Forum, 1947.
Box 46 Folder 481
"New York City Health & Hospital Corp. - Where is it going?" (public meeting), 1972.
Box 46 Folder 482
Physicians Forum reception at Group Health Institute of 1959, 1959.
Box 46 Folder 483
"Problems of the Aging Patient", 1947.
Box 46 Folder 484
Reception for John Peters, 1954-1955.
Box 46 Folder 485
"The Rights of Mental Patients" (public meeting), 1971.
Box 46 Folder 486
Rosenthal (Ben) press conference, 1967.
Box 46 Folder 487
Seminar for Physicians and Professionals on Wider Distribution of Medical Care, 1949.
Box 47 Folder 488
Twentieth Anniversary Conference, 1962-1963.
Box 47 Folder 489
Miscellaneous events, 1941-1998, undated.
Box 47 Folder 490-491

Series Description

Includes the Forum's Bulletin and Newsletter, both of which varied in form over the years and were often published irregularly. Also press releases from the national office, arranged in chronological order except for releases on key issues such as health insurance and the American Medical Association, and columns contributed by the Forum to other publications.

Physical Description

3 boxes

Physician Forum articles for publication, 1945-1946, undated.
Box 47 Folder 492
Bulletin, assorted papers, 1941-1958, 1964-1986, undated.
Box 47 Folder 493-494
Bulletin, issues (gaps), 1941-1952.
Box 47 Folder 495-505
Bulletin, issues (gaps), 1953-1956, 1964-1997.
Box 48 Folder 506-512
Journal of Social Medicine, 1947.
Box 48 Folder 513
The New York Physicians' Forum for the Study of Medical Care, 1941.
Box 48 Folder 514
Newsletter, assorted papers, 1981-1983, undated.
Box 48 Folder 515
Newsletter, 1950-1985.
Box 48 Folder 516-517
Press releases: General, 1945-1976.
Box 48 Folder 518
Press releases: American Medical Association, 1948-1967.
Box 49 Folder 519-520
Press releases: Health Insurance, 1945-1949, 1963-1971, undated.
Box 49 Folder 521-522
Press releases: New York County Medical Society, 1948-1949, 1963.
Box 49 Folder 523
Press releases: Social Security, 1959-1961.
Box 49 Folder 524
Press releases: Women's Committee, 1948.
Box 49 Folder 525
Federated Press columns, 1950-1951.
Box 49 Folder 526
Federated Press Correspondence, 1926-1988, undated.
Box 49 Folder 527
"A National Health System" pamphlet, 1969-1970.
Box 49 Folder 528-529
Miscellaneous publications, 1944-1990, undated.
Box 50 Folder 530
Distribution records, 1946-1951, 1963.
Box 50 Folder 531

Series Description

Arranged in three sub-series; General Publicity, Newspaper Clippings, and Membership Publicity. Covers public appearances of Forum members, correspondence and news coverage about the Forum and Forum members, and news coverage of issues the Forum was concerned with, primarily in the form of clippings from news sources.

Physical Description

6 boxes

Publicity, general, undated.
Box 50 Folder 532
Appearances by Forum members, 1945-1946, 1957-1967.
Box 50 Folder 533
Correspondence about the Physicians Forum, 1944.
Box 50 Folder 534
Abortion, 1967-1984, undated.
Box 50 Folder 535
American Medical Association, 1944-1959.
Box 50 Folder 536-538
American Medical Association, 1961-1971, undated.
Box 51 Folder 539
American Public Health Association, 1956.
Box 51 Folder 540
Automobiles, 1967.
Box 51 Folder 541
Blood banks, 1946-1954.
Box 51 Folder 542
Blood donations, 1951, undated.
Box 51 Folder 543
Boston chapter, 1948, undated.
Box 51 Folder 544
Budgets (personal and government), 1965.
Box 51 Folder 545
Cancer, 1954.
Box 51 Folder 546
Candid Conference on National Health, 1949.
Box 51 Folder 547
Catastrophic insurance, 1972.
Box 51 Folder 548
Chicago chapter, 1946-1949.
Box 51 Folder 549
Children, 1954-1967.
Box 51 Folder 550
Civil rights, 1963-1964, undated.
Box 51 Folder 551
Committee for Resettlement of Foreign Physicians, Inc., 1954.
Box 51 Folder 552
Community control of health services, 1969-1970.
Box 51 Folder 553
Contraception, 1952, 1958-1959.
Box 51 Folder 554
Cost of living, 1972.
Box 51 Folder 555
Council of Health Organizations, 1969.
Box 51 Folder 556
Dianetics, 1950-1951.
Box 51 Folder 557
Doctors in the military (including the draft), 1944-1967, undated.
Box 51 Folder 558
Drugs, medical, 1960-1971.
Box 51 Folder 559
Drugs and alcohol, 1957.
Box 51 Folder 560
Elderly, 1959-1964.
Box 51 Folder 561
Elections, 1944.
Box 51 Folder 562
Fluoridation, 1953-1957.
Box 51 Folder 563
Food costs, 1947-1949.
Box 51 Folder 564
Government, 1949, 1955-1968.
Box 51 Folder 565
Harlem, 1950.
Box 51 Folder 566
Health care: General, 1950-1980, undated.
Box 51 Folder 567
Health care: Costs, 1954, 1963-1974, undated.
Box 51 Folder 568
Health care: New York City, 1943, 1949, 1967.
Box 51 Folder 569
Regional, 1965.
Box 51 Folder 570
Health of the general population, 1950-1968.
Box 51 Folder 571
Health Insurance: General, 1943-1959, 1963-1974, undated.
Box 52 Folder 572-577
Griffiths Bill, 1970.
Box 52 Folder 578
Health care: Health maintenance organizations (HMOs), 1971-1972.
Box 52 Folder 579
Health care: Trussell Report, 1963, undated.
Box 52 Folder 580
Hospitals, 1945-1971, undated.
Box 53 Folder 581
Hospitals, contraceptives, 1958.
Box 53 Folder 582
Hospitals in New York City, 1950-1972, undated.
Box 53 Folder 583
House staff, 1972.
Box 53 Folder 584
Hunger, 1971, undated.
Box 53 Folder 585
Kings County Medical Society, 1953-1954.
Box 53 Folder 586
Labor, 1959.
Box 53 Folder 587
Lead poisoning, 1969-1971, undated.
Box 53 Folder 588
Lecture by Dr. Benjamin Spock, 1953.
Box 53 Folder 589
Licensing, undated.
Box 53 Folder 590
Loyalty oaths, 1947-1955.
Box 53 Folder 591
Malpractice, undated.
Box 53 Folder 592
Medicaid, 1968.
Box 53 Folder 593
Medical education, 1944-1971, undated.
Box 53 Folder 594
Medical ethics, 1953-1954.
Box 53 Folder 595
Medical manpower, 1942-1971.
Box 53 Folder 596
Medical schools, admissions, 1945-1954.
Box 53 Folder 597
Medicare, 1964-1967, undated.
Box 53 Folder 598
Mental health, 1947-1949, 1953-1971, undated.
Box 53 Folder 599
Minorities, 1964.
Box 53 Folder 600
Me. Sinai Clinic, 1953.
Box 53 Folder 601
National Medical Association, 1956-1969.
Box 53 Folder 602
National Physicians Committee, 1944-1949.
Box 53 Folder 603
Nazis: General, 1955-1958.
Box 53 Folder 604
Nazis: Arnold, Godfrey Edward, 1953-1955.
Box 53 Folder 606
Nazis: Schreiber, Walter P., 1951-1952, undated.
Box 53 Folder 607
New York City, 1947-1968.
Box 54 Folder 608
New York County Medical Society, 1940-1964.
Box 54 Folder 609
New York State, 1963-1967.
Box 54 Folder 610
Nuclear power, 1956-1963, 1987, undated.
Box 54 Folder 611
Nuclear weapons, 1950-1964, 1970-1980.
Box 54 Folder 612
Nursing, 1952-1965.
Box 54 Folder 613
Physicians Forum, 1945, 1959-1970.
Box 54 Folder 614
Physicians Forum events, 1953, 1971, 1994.
Box 54 Folder 615
Physicians for Social Responsibility, undated.
Box 54 Folder 616
Polio, 1951-1958.
Box 54 Folder 617
Political repression, 1945-1957, 1966, undated.
Box 54 Folder 618
Pollution, 1969.
Box 54 Folder 619
Population, 1959-1971.
Box 54 Folder 620
Poverty, 1960, 1966.
Box 54 Folder 621
Race discrimination in the medical profession, 1945-1957, 1963-1971, undated.
Box 54 Folder 622-623
Radiation, 1956-1964.
Box 54 Folder 624
Red Cross, 1957.
Box 54 Folder 625
Research, 1951-1970.
Box 54 Folder 626
Rosenthal press conference, 1967.
Box 54 Folder 627
Smoking, 1966-1970.
Box 54 Folder 628
Social Security, 1950-1973, undated.
Box 55 Folder 629
Social Security for physicians, 1952-1964, undated.
Box 55 Folder 630
Students, 1967.
Box 55 Folder 631
Taxes, 1971, undated.
Box 55 Folder 632
U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1952-1954.
Box 55 Folder 633
U.S.S.R., 1956-1958.
Box 55 Folder 634
Veterans, 1944-1954.
Box 55 Folder 635
Vietnam, undated.
Box 55 Folder 636
War, 1948, 1964-1967.
Box 55 Folder 637
Washington, D.C. chapter, 1946-1947.
Box 55 Folder 638
Welfare, 1967.
Box 55 Folder 639
World Medical Association, 1953-1959, undated.
Box 55 Folder 640
Miscellaneous, 1944-1981, undated.
Box 54 Folder 641-642
Biographies, 1949-1958, undated.
Box 55 Folder 643
Barsky, E. K., 1952-1955.
Box 55 Folder 644
Boas, Ernst P., Correspondence about, 1955.
Box 55 Folder 645
Boas, Ernst P., news clippings, 1945-1955, undated.
Box 55 Folder 646
Butler, Allan, 1986.
Box 56 Folder 647
Dodd, Katherine, 1957.
Box 56 Folder 648
Dodd, Katherine, news clippings, 1959.
Box 56 Folder 649
Gregg, Alan, news clippings, 1956.
Box 56 Folder 650
Mayer, Leo, 1972.
Box 56 Folder 651
May, Leo, correspondence about, 1972.
Box 56 Folder 652
McCoy, Ira D., undated.
Box 56 Folder 653
Richardson, Henry B., 1963.
Box 56 Folder 654
Roose, Lawrence J., 1951.
Box 56 Folder 655
Schamberg, Ira, 1960, 1980.
Box 56 Folder 656
Sidel, Victor W., News clippings, 1971.
Box 56 Folder 657
Spock, Benjamin, 1984.
Box 56 Folder 658
Taussig, Helen Brooke, news clippings, 1965.
Box 56 Folder 659
Terris, Milton, 1984.
Box 56 Folder 660
Young, Edward, 1969.
Box 56 Folder 661
Ziporkis, Paul, 1953.
Box 56 Folder 662
Miscellaneous, 1957-1958.
Box 56 Folder 663

Series Description

Arranged alphabetically. Reference file of papers and publications of other organizations. This series contains the papers of organizations not working directly on issues that were central to the Forum, specific publications, and also the papers of major organizations too large to file in Subjects/Issues, including the American Medical Association and the Committee for the Nation's Health, a major Forum ally. Also includes the Forum's files on the Physicians Committee on Research and the Council of Health Organizations. Some organizations' papers are also filed in Subjects/Issues, under the relevant issues.

Physical Description

7.5 boxes

Articles and speeches, general, 1941, 1944-1977, undated.
Box 56 Folder 664-665
AFL-CIO, 1955-1970.
Box 56 Folder 666
AFL-CIO Conference on Atomic Radiation Hazards, 1957.
Box 56 Folder 667
Alliance for a Safer New York, 1972.
Box 56 Folder 668
American Bar Association, 1957.
Box 56 Folder 669
American Council for the Improvement of Medical Care, undated.
Box 57 Folder 670
American Dental Association, 1949.
Box 57 Folder 671
American Enterprise Association, Inc., 1949.
Box 57 Folder 672
American Friends of the Mexican People, 1938.
Box 57 Folder 673
American Health Foundation Newsletter, 1970.
Box 57 Folder 674
American Jewish Committee, undated.
Box 57 Folder 675
American Labor Party, 1950.
Box 57 Folder 676
American Medical Association, 1941-1965.
Box 57 Folder 677-678
American Medical Student Association/Foundation, 1985.
Box 57 Folder 679
American Orthopsychiatric Association, Inc., 1970.
Box 57 Folder 680
American Psychiatric Association, 1949.
Box 57 Folder 681
American Public Health Association, 1948-1968, undated.
Box 57 Folder 682
American Public Welfare Association, undated.
Box 57 Folder 683
American Red Cross, 1948.
Box 57 Folder 684
American Thrift Assembly, 1957.
Box 57 Folder 685
Americanism Educational League, 1950.
Box 57 Folder 686
Associated Medical Schools of Greater New York, 1968.
Box 57 Folder 687
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, 1948, 1957.
Box 57 Folder 688
Association of Internes and Medical Students, 1950-1952.
Box 57 Folder 689
Association for the Study of Abortion, undated.
Box 57 Folder 690
Bronx County Medical Society, 1949, undated.
Box 57 Folder 691
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, 1946.
Box 57 Folder 692
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 1955-1957.
Box 57 Folder 693
Bulletin of the Medical Society of the County of Kings, 1953.
Box 57 Folder 694
Bureau of Public Health Economics, School of Public Health, University of Michigan (including the journal Public Health Economics), 1950.
Box 57 Folder 695
California Committee to Prevent Abuse of the Doctors Draft Law, 1953-1954, undated.
Box 57 Folder 696
California Department of Public Health, 1963.
Box 57 Folder 697
Challenge to Socialism, 1951-1957.
Box 57 Folder 698
Citizen's Committee Against the Feinberg Law, 1949.
Box 57 Folder 699
Citizen's Committee for Children of New York, Inc., 1968.
Box 57 Folder 700
Citizen's Committee for Medicaid, 1967.
Box 58 Folder 701
Citizen's for Eisenhower-Nixon, 1952.
Box 58 Folder 702
City-wide Citizen's Committee on Harlem, Report of the Subcommittee on Health and Hospitals, 1945.
Box 58 Folder 703
Commentary, 1986.
Box 58 Folder 704
Committee of 1776 Physicians for Legalization of Voluntary Euthanasia in New York State, 1958, undated.
Box 58 Folder 705
Committee Against Fort Apache, 1980.
Box 58 Folder 706
Committee of Concerned Nurses, 1968.
Box 58 Folder 707
Committee for Constitutional Government, Inc., 1950-1958, undated.
Box 58 Folder 708
Committee to End Discrimination in Chicago Medical Institutions, 1952-1956.
Box 58 Folder 709
Committee for the Nation's Health, 1946-1955, undated.
Box 58 Folder 710-711
Committee for National Health Insurance, 1972.
Box 58 Folder 712
Committee for a National Health Service, 1976.
Box 58 Folder 713
Committee for Nuclear Information, 1963-1964.
Box 58 Folder 714
Committee of Physicians for the Improvement of Medicals Care, Inc., 1943-1950.
Box 58 Folder 715
Committee of Physicians for the presentation of certain principles and proposals in the provision of medical care, 1937-1938.
Box 58 Folder 716
Committee to Prevent Abuse of the Doctor Draft Law, 1952-1953, undated.
Box 58 Folder 717
Committee on Research in Medical Economics (includes the committee's journal Medical Care), 1944-1945.
Box 58 Folder 718
Community Service Society of New York, 1970.
Box 58 Folder 719
Conference on "Housing Today and Tomorrow", 1953.
Box 58 Folder 720
Congress of Industrial Organizations (including Conference on Social Security), 1942-1956.
Box 58 Folder 721
Consumer Commission on the Accreditation of Health Services, 1972.
Box 58 Folder 722
Cooperative Health Federation of America, 1955.
Box 58 Folder 723
Corlears Hooks Medical Association, Two-year report on medical care in low cost housing, submitted to the Committee on Public Relations on the Medical Society of the County of New York, 1943.
Box 59 Folder 724
Council of Health Organizations, 1969-1972.
Box 59 Folder 725
Democratic National Committee, 1950.
Box 59 Folder 726
Doctors for automotive safety, 1965-1967.
Box 59 Folder 727
Doctors for Dulles, 1949.
Box 59 Folder 728
Doctors for Eisenhower, 1952.
Box 59 Folder 729
Environment (magazine), 1970.
Box 59 Folder 730
European Mental Health Traveling Seminars, undated.
Box 59 Folder 731
Euthanasia Society of American, Inc., undated.
Box 59 Folder 732
Evaluation of the U.S. Health Service Industry Including the Cost of Acceptable Medical Care by 1975, by Edward Yost, 1967.
Box 59 Folder 733-734
Federation of American Scientists, 1963-1966.
Box 59 Folder 735
Group Health Association of America, Inc., 1963.
Box 59 Folder 736
Group Health Federation of America, Information Letter, 1956-1960.
Box 59 Folder 737
Group Health Insurance, Inc., 1968.
Box 59 Folder 738
Health Coalition for Affirmative Action, 1978.
Box 59 Folder 739
Health Information Foundation, Research Series, 1953-1960.
Box 59 Folder 740
Health Law Newsletter, 1971.
Box 59 Folder 741
Health Professionals for Peace in Vietnam, 1967.
Box 59 Folder 742
Health Professionals for Political Action, 1972.
Box 59 Folder 743
Health Program Conference, 1944.
Box 60 Folder 744
Health Program Steering Group, 1946.
Box 60 Folder 745
Hospital Council of Greater New York, 1948-1951.
Box 60 Folder 746
I.F. Stone's Weekly, 1956-1958.
Box 60 Folder 747
Independent Citizen's Committee of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions, Inc., 1946.
Box 60 Folder 748
Interdepartmental Committee to Coordinate Health and Welfare Activities (includes 1938 National Health Conference), 1938.
Box 60 Folder 749
International Congress of Social Psychiatry, 1963.
Box 60 Folder 750
Kings County Physicians Guild, 1951-1959.
Box 60 Folder 751
Medical Association for the Prevention of War, 1952.
Box 60 Folder 752
Medical Committee for Civil Rights, 1963.
Box 60 Folder 753
Medical Committee for the Freedom Fighters, undated.
Box 60 Folder 754
Medical Committee for Human Rights, 1964-1970, 1980.
Box 60 Folder 755
Medical Council of the Progressive Citizens of America (also called the Medical Division), undated.
Box 60 Folder 756
Medical Economics, 1948-1963.
Box 60 Folder 757
Medical Society of the State of New York, 1950-1957.
Box 60 Folder 758
Medical Society of the State of New York Newsletter, 1952, 1956-1958.
Box 60 Folder 759
Medical Group Practice Council, Medical Administration Services, Inc., 1945.
Box 60 Folder 760
Medicine Today & Tomorrow, 1952.
Box 60 Folder 761
Medico-Chirurgical Society of the District of Columbia, Bulletin, 1947-1949.
Box 60 Folder 762
The Modern Hospital, 1951.
Box 60 Folder 763
National Association of Clinic Managers, 1946.
Box 60 Folder 764
National Association for Mental Health, 1968.
Box 60 Folder 765
National Committee of Health Care of the Aged, 1964.
Box 60 Folder 766
National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, 1957-1958, 1963.
Box 60 Folder 767
National Council of the Arts, Sciences and Professions, 1948-1949.
Box 61 Folder 768
National Council of Scientific, Professional, Art and White Collar Organizations (including the 1946 Annual Conference), 1946.
Box 61 Folder 769
National Council of Senior Citizens, Inc., 1964.
Box 61 Folder 770
National Health Assembly, 1948.
Box 61 Folder 771
National Health Conference, 1948.
Box 61 Folder 772
National Lawyers Guild, 1958.
Box 61 Folder 773
National Medical Fellowships, Inc., 1952.
Box 61 Folder 774
National Physicians Committee, 1940-1949, undated.
Box 61 Folder 775
National Professional Committee for Eisenhower and Nixon, 1952.
Box 61 Folder 776
National Wartime Conference, 1944.
Box 61 Folder 777
New York Council of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions, 1951, undated.
Box 61 Folder 778
New York County Medical Society, 1950, 1958.
Box 61 Folder 779
New York Labor-Management Council of Health and Welfare Plans, Inc., 1963.
Box 61 Folder 780
New York Medical Committee to End the War in Vietnam, 1967, undated.
Box 61 Folder 781
New York Regional Student Health Coalition, 1968.
Box 61 Folder 782
New York State Coalition for Family Planning, 1972.
Box 61 Folder 783
New York State Doctors Opposed to Socialized Medicine, 1949.
Box 61 Folder 784
New York Task Force for Adequate Health Care Policy, 1972.
Box 61 Folder 785
Physicians for Accurate Medical Assessment, 1985.
Box 61 Folder 786
Physicians Against Socialized Medicine, undated.
Box 61 Folder 787
Physicians Committee Against Discrimination, 1946.
Box 61 Folder 788
Physicians Committee on Research, 1944-1945.
Box 61 Folder 789
Physicians Committee on Research, Constitution and By-Laws, 1945.
Box 61 Folder 790
Physicians Committee on Research, Public opinion polls, 1944-1945.
Box 62 Folder 791
Physicians Committee on Research, Public opinion polls, 1944-1945.
Box 62 Folder 792
Physicians Committee on Research, Tax exempt status, 1944-1945.
Box 62 Folder 793
Physicians Council for Information on Child Health, Inc., 1957.
Box 62 Folder 794
Physicians Guild of the State of New York, 1945.
Box 62 Folder 795
Physicians Guilds, undated.
Box 62 Folder 796
Physicians' Home, 1954, 1957.
Box 62 Folder 797
Physicians for Social Responsibility, 1963-1985.
Box 62 Folder 798
President's Council on Aging, 1963.
Box 62 Folder 799
Progressive Citizens of America (including Conference on Cultural Freedom and Civil Liberties), 1947.
Box 62 Folder 800
Provisional Committee of 1000 Physicians Against Imposition of "Loyalty" Oaths, 1954.
Box 62 Folder 801
Provisional Committee for Better Health in Harlem, 1949-1950.
Box 62 Folder 802
Public Affairs Institute, undated.
Box 62 Folder 803
Public Health Association of New York City, 1963-1971.
Box 62 Folder 804
Public Health Notes, 1961, undated.
Box 62 Folder 805
Radical Education Project (including Conference on Radicals in the Professions), 1967.
Box 63 Folder 806
The Reference Shelf, 1946.
Box 63 Folder 807
The Religious Associates of the National Citizens Political Action Committee, 1945.
Box 63 Folder 808
Reproductive Rights Network, 1980.
Box 63 Folder 809
San Francisco Labor Council, 1954.
Box 63 Folder 810
Social Policy, 1971.
Box 63 Folder 811
Socialist Medical Association (United Kingdom), 1954, undated.
Box 63 Folder 812
Society for Applied Anthropology, undated.
Box 63 Folder 813
Society of Urban Physicians, 1972.
Box 63 Folder 814
Special Investigating Committee of Council of the City of New York, 1946.
Box 63 Folder 815
State of New York, 1946.
Box 63 Folder 816
Student American medical Association, undated.
Box 63 Folder 817
Student Committee on Urban Health Care, 1966.
Box 63 Folder 818
Student Health Organizations, 1966-1967.
Box 63 Folder 819
United Medical Service, 1955-1957.
Box 63 Folder 820
United States Atomic Energy Commission, 1957.
Box 63 Folder 821
United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1964.
Box 63 Folder 822
United States Committee for Participation in the International Conference in Defense of Children, 1952.
Box 63 Folder 823
United States Congress, Joint Economic Committee, 1959.
Box 63 Folder 824
Washington Report on the Medical Sciences, 1966.
Box 63 Folder 825
Welfare and Health Council of New York City, 1955.
Box 63 Folder 826
White House Conference on Aging, 1958-1959.
Box 63 Folder 827
William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology, 1952.
Box 63 Folder 828