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David Y. Cooper Papers
1821-1999 (bulk 1978-1990)

UPT 50 C776

8.0 Cubic feet

Prepared by Norma Rosado-Blake

January 2005

Access to collections is granted in accordance with the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Center.

PROVENANCE

Gift of Dr. David Y. Cooper (1948, M.D.) on 21 June 2004 (accession 2004:42). 

 

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ARRANGEMENT

The David Y. Cooper Papers are organized into the following series and sub-series: Innovation and Tradition at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, original drafts, second drafts, third drafts; Research, Bound volumes, David Young Cooper Collection Abstracts and Papers; Photographs; Historical medical text books; Film. All series and sub-series are arranged in alphabetical order with the exception of the Innovation and Tradition series, which is arranged by chapter. 

 

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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

David Young Cooper was born on August 14, 1924 in Henderson, North Carolina. He prepared for college at the Woodbury Forest School in Orange, Virginia, where he took a strong interest in science. Cooper studied chemistry at University of North Carolina from 1942 to 1944 and earned his Bachelor of Science in Medicine in 1946. While a student at North Carolina he entered the United States Naval Reserve (USNR) and served two years of active duty, 1943-45. In 1946 Cooper entered the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he earned his Doctor of Medicine degree two years later. Following graduation he interned at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) for a year. 

Cooper returned to active duty with the USNR in 1949, continuing in the service until the end of 1952. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant and received an honorable discharge in 1958. 

In 1953 to 1957 Cooper was a resident in surgery at HUP. During those years he performed dual duties as a resident and a fellow of the Department of Surgical Research. He earned board certification in surgery in 1959 and was appointed to the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in the Harrison Department of Surgical Research. He spent his entire career at Penn before retiring and being named Professor Emeritus in 2004. 

Cooper's most notable contributions in the medical field include the discovery of the role of cytochrome P-450, which is a series of enzymes found in the body, and the introduction of mouth-to-mouth artificial respiration.

During his long career he wrote dozens of scholarly articles and at least two books. One in particular that he co-authored, Innovation and Tradition at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine: An Anecdotal Journey, (1990), was published in conjunction with the 225th anniversary of Penn's medical school. 

Cooper belonged to several professional organizations such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the New York Academy of Science. He served on several local and national committees, such as the National Institute of Health.  

Cooper died on August 2, 2013 in Gladwyne, PA.

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SCOPE AND CONTENT

Dr. Cooper's life-long study of medicine produced a prolific career. He contributed primarily to biochemistry and pharmacology research. However his career took him into other fields of research such as the history of science and medicine. The collection reflects his interest. It consists of Dr. Cooper's professional papers from 1950 to the 1990s. There are six bound volumes of published papers from 1950 to 1985 and three unbound volumes of papers including letters, manuscripts and photographs from 1978 to 1990s. In addition to his personal papers, the collection consists of several books from his personal library. The collection includes nineteen books on various medical subjects, such as female medicine and surgery. Eight volumes pertain to medical history and biography. The remaining items are medical instruction and general medical information books. One other item in the collection includes a reel of film, thought to be of Prof. Harvey's medical lecturers. 

 

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CONTROLLED ACCESS HEADINGS

Subject(s)

  • Cytochrome P-450.
  • History of Medicine, 19th Cent.--United States.
  • History of medicine, 20th Cent.--United States.
  • Public health--History.--United States

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INVENTORY

 

Innovation and Tradition at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 

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Folder

Original draft 

Chapter 1 

1

1

Chapter 2 

1

2

Chapter 3 

1

3

Chapter 4 

1

4

Chapter 5 

1

5

Chapter 6 

1

6

Chapter 7 

1

7

Chapter 9 

1

8

Chapter 10 

1

9

Chapter 11 

1

10

Chapter 12 

1

11

Chapter 13 

1

12

Chapter 1 (spiral bound) 

1

14

Chapter 2 (spiral bound) 

1

15

Chapter 3 (spiral bound) 

1

16

Second draft 

Chapter 1 

1

17

Chapter 2 

1

18

Chapter 3 

1

19

Chapter 3 (continued) 

1

20

Chapter 4 

1

21

Chapter 10 

1

22

Chapter 12 

1

23

Chapter 14 

1

24

Chapter 16 

1

25

Chapter 17 

1

26

Chapter 18 

1

27

Chapter 20 

1

28

Third draft 

Chapter 1 

2

1

Chapter 2 

2

2

Chapter 3 

2

3

Chapter 4 

2

4

Chapter 5 

2

5

Chapter 7 

2

6

Chapter 8 

2

7

Chapter 9 

2

8

Chapter 10 

2

9

Chapter 11 

2

10

Chapter 12 

2

11

Chapter 13 

2

12

Fourth draft 

Chapter 2 

2

14

Chapter 3 

2

15

Chapter 4 

2

16

Chapter 5 

2

17

Chapter 9 

2

18

Chapter 10 

2

19

Chapter 11 

2

20

Chapter 12 

2

21

Chapter 13 

2

22

Chapter 14 

2

23

Chapter 15 

2

24

Chapter 16 

2

25

Miscellaneous 

2

26

Contributions of the University of Pennsylvania and Its Medical School to Medical Science, Volume 1 

2

27

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Research 

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Folder

Collected Abstracts and Papers (bound volumes) 

Volume I 1985 

2

28

Volume II 1985 

2

29

Volume III 1985 

2

30

Volume IV 1985 

2

31

Volume V 1985 

3

1

Published papers on Cytochrome P-450 1968 2003 

3

2

Personal account of Mott Cannon by G.J. Mannering September 1992 

3

3

Articles related to the history of Cytochrome P-450 and medical education in binder 1978-1991 

3

4

Published papers on Cytochrome P-450 and history of medical education in binder 1986-1999 

3

5

Drug metabolism in binder c. 1990 

3

6

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Photographs 

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Folder

Colleagues [unknown] c. 1990 

3

4

The 4th International Symposium on Molecular Steroidogenesis 25 August 1999 

3

5

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Historical Medical Text Books 

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Folder

American Medical Biographies 1920 

3

6

American Medical Biography 1861 

3

7

A Cyclopedia of American Medical Biography, Volume I 1912 

3

8

A Cyclopedia of American Medical Biography, Volume II 1912 

3

9

The Early History of Medicine in Philadelphia 1886 

3

10

Elements of Surgery, Volume I 1813 

3

11

Elements of Surgery, Volume II 1813 

7

1

An Eulogium on William P. Dewees, M.D. 1842 

7

2

Female Perineum 1882 

7

3

History of the Life of D. Hayes Agnew, M.D. 1892 

7

4

The History of Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania 1869 

7

5

The Philadelphia Journal of Medical and Physical Sciences 

Volume II 1821 

7

6

Volume III 1821 

7

7

Volume IV 1822 

7

8

Volume V 1822 

7

9

Volume VI 1823 

7

10

Volume VII 1823 

7

11

Volume VIII 1824 

8

1

Volume IX 1824 

8

2

Volume I (new series) 1825 

8

3

The Principles and Practice of Obstetrics 1866 

8

5

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Film 

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Folder

Professor Harvey's lectures c. 1960 

 OS 1

 

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