Register of the Aldolph Barkan Papers




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Table of contents for Barkan (Aldolph) Papers



  Descriptive Summary


  Biographical Note


  Container List




Descriptive Summary


Title:  Aldolph Barkan

Accession Number:  MSS 9

Linear feet occupied:  1.25

Extent:  3 document cases, organized by genre, arranged chronologically thereunder

Provenance:  Transferred from Lane Medical Library collection, February 1990




Biographical Note


Adolph Barkan, 1845-1935
Biographic chronology

8 Jan 1845             Born, Eperjes, Hungary

1 year study, University of Zurich

1866                      M.D., Medizinische Fakultat der Universitat Wien, Austria.
Clinical study under Prof. von Arlt


1867                      Assistant to the chair of physiology at the University of Graz


1868                      "youngest assistant" to the Ophthalmic Clinic of Prof. von Jaeger


1868                      Resident physician to the Maryland Eye and Ear Infirmary in Baltimore, Maryland


1869                      arrives in San Francisco to practice medicine


21 Nov 1876         License no. 433 to practice medicine granted per new state law


Dec 1872               joins faculty of Medical College of the Pacific as Professor of Ophthalmology and Otology


1881                      married Louise Desepte of Carlsruhe, Baden, Germany; father of Hans, Fritz, Otto and Fanny. Hans and Otto later professors of ophthalmology at Stanford

                              Established Teacher's Fund to defray educational travel expenses of faculty members.


1900                      Ll.D. University of Glasgow (honorary)


                              Ehrensburger (honored citizen), University of Munich


1912                      Professor of structure and diseases of the eye, ear, and larynx, Stanford University School of Medicine


                              Teacher's Fund transferred to the endowment fund of the Library of Ophthalmology of the Lane Medical Library. Founding donor of funds to create the history of medicine collection, and instrumental in purchasing the Seidel collection.

28 Aug 1935          died, Zurich, Switzerland, age 90
(Rixford: Buhlerhohe, Germany, in 91st year)




Container List


Barkan (Adolph) 1863-1940

Aldolph Barkan papers, 1866-1923


Note:   numbers after the decimal point refer to folder numbers, for example:

1.2 refers to box 1, folder 2.

Box     Contents
1.1       Our noses
            1887 Lane Popular Lecture

1.2       Emotions: their physiology and expression
            1892 Lane Popular Lecture

1.3       Hygiene of the voice
            1893 Lane Popular Lecture

1.4       Medical students and study in ancient times
            1894 Lane Popular Lecture

1.5       Use & abuse of our eyes
            1895 Lane Popular lecture

1.6       Music as medicine
            1898 Lane Popular lecture

1.7       Old age and its hygiene
            1900 Lane Popular lecture

1.8       A Summer vacation
            1902 Lane Popular lecture

1.9       A Summer vacation, typescript
            1902 Lane Popular Lecture

1.10     Eyes and eye glasses
            1904 Lane Popular lecture

1.11     Life and work of Hermann von Helmholtz
            1906 Lane Popular Lecture

Box     Contents
2.1       The Blind

2.2       Colour sense and colour blindness

2.3       [The Ear]

2.4       The face, its beauty and mechanism

2.5       The Prevention of blindness

2.6       Robert Koch, his life & work

2.7       Singing voice (corrected pages for lecture)

Box     Contents
3.1       Reprints (incomplete)

3.2       Record of diseases of the eye

3.3       Miscellaneous ms. Leaves

3.4       About A. Barkan (obits., bibliography, biography)



Citations taken from the Stanford authors catalog, the Catalog of the Library of the Surgeon-General,
Index Medicus and reprint title pages.


Adolph Barkan
                J.A.M.A., 105:1538, Nov 9 1935.

Adolph Barkan, obituary.
                [Emmet Rixford] California West. M., 43:307, 1935, port.

Adolph Barkan, 1844-1935.
                [L.T. Post] Am J Ophth. 18:1156, Dec 1935.

Adolph Barken, 1844-1935, pioneer ophthalmologist.
                [E. Jackson] Am J Ophth, 19:260-262, Mar 1936.

Beitrage zur Entwickelungsgeschicte des Auges der Batrachier.
                Sitzb. d. Akad. d. Wissensch., Bd. liv, June 1866.

Embolism of a branch of the central retinal artery.
                In:        Contributions to ophthalmology.
                            New York: W. Wood & Co., 1873.
                            23 p., 1 pl., 8o.

Foerster. On the relations of diseases of the eye to general diseases.
                Trans. from the German by A. Barkan.
                Pacific Medical & Surgical Journal, xxii, 303-409, 345-361, and 441-462.

A Chip of iron successfully removed for the interior of the eye by the aid of the magnet.
                Pacific Medical & Surgical Journal, xxv, 412.

Report on otology to the State Medical Society of California.

Expert medical report on one hundred and fifty-eight inmates of the Institution for the Deaf, the Dumb
and the Blind at Berkeley, Cal.
                Transactions of the Medical Society of California, 1887 : 229-272, 2 tab.

36 cases of double blindness examined at the Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, and the Blind at
Berkeley, Cal, 1884.
                Transactions of the Medical Society of California, 1887: 267-272.

Does cocain improve the chances of success in operations for cataract?
                Pacific Medical & Surgical Journal, xxx, 13-17.

The Enlargement of the pharyngeal tonsil, and the necessity of early recognition by the general practitioner.
                Transactions of the Medical Society of California, xxiii: 211-222.

Report of a case of fatal secondary hemorrhage after removal of faucial and pharyngeal tonsils.
                Occidental Medical Times, viii: 118-122.

Six successive cases where the electromagnet was used for the removal of fragments of iron from the
interior of the eye.
                Transactions of the Medical Society of California, xxv: 386-399.

Abscess of the brain following suppurative otitis media.
                Occidental Medical Times, ix: 363-365.

Presidential address, delivered at the second annual meeting of the San Francisco Society of eye, ear,
nose, and throat surgeons.
                Occidental Medical Times, March, 1895.

Chronic otitis media purulenta; abscess in the temporo-sphenoidal lobe, followed by purulent
leptomeningitis; operation; death.
                Archives of Otology, xxvi: 368-372.

The Sideroscope and the large electromagnet in ophthalmic surgery.
                Occidental Medical Times, Sacramento, xi: 113-120.

Radical operation of the mastoid.
                Pacific Rec. M. & S., xii, 337-340.

Successful removal of a large piece of steel with Haab's electro-magnet. Delirium tremens. Death.
                Archives of Ophthalmology, xxvii, 1898.

Four cases of iron foreign bodies removed from interior of the eye with Haab's large electro-magnet.
                Archives of Ophthalmology, xxvii, 1898.

Chronische Mittelohr-Eiterung; Abscess im Lobus temporo-sphenoidalis mit nachfolgender eitriger
Lepromeningitis; Operation; Tod.
                Zeitschrift fur Ohrenh., Wiesb., xxxiii, 41-43.

Serpiginous ulcer.
                Pacific Rec. M. & S., xiii, 186-189.

A Further contribution to the extraction of particles of steel or iron with Haab's large electro-magnet.
                Archives of Ophthalmology, xxviii, 1899.

Gummatous invasion of the bone, skin, conjunctiva, retina and uveal tract - complete and rapid recovery.
                Archives of Ophthalmology, xxxi, 1902.

Further clinical experiences with Haab's giant magnet, with some experimental statements regarding
Hirschberg's new hand-magnet.
                Archives of Ophthalmology, xxxi, 1902.

Case of embolism (thrombosis) of a branch of the central retinal artery treated with forcible massage. Recovery.
                Archives of Ophthalmology, xxxi, 1902.

Report of a case of tuberculosis of the cornea, iris, and ciliary body.
                Occidental Medical Times, xvii, 136-138.

Killian's radical operation for chronic frontal sinusitis with demonstration of case.
                California State Journal of Medicine, 11, 154-156.

Professor Killian's method of direct bronchoscopy.
                Occidental Medical Times, 1904.

Shot in the eye.
                Occidental M. J. Times, San Francisoc, xviii: 30, 1904

Some notes on recent progress in the sugery of the ear and brain.
                California State Journal of Medicine, iii, 140-142.

Chronic otorrhea as viewed by the life insurance companies and the medical recruiting officer.
                California State Journal of Medicine, iii, 19-21.

The use of the burr in the mastoid operation.
                Am. Otol., Rhinol., & Laryngol., xv, 89-93.

Ruckblicke und Ausblicke.
                Wiener klin. Wchnschr, 1912: Nr. 27.

Prospect and Retrospect. Translation of his own Development of things medical in the West.
                California State Journal of Medicine, Apr 1913 p. 159.

How ophthalmologists have prepared themselves for practise.
                Paper given before June 15th meeting of the American Medical Association.

A Contribution to the question: "Does the German government take good care of its prisoners of war"?

Library of the history of medicine is notable addition to Stanford Medical School.
                Stanford Illustrated Review, Mar 1923, p. 294.

Origin and essence of the "Lane Medical Lectures."
                California and Western Medicine, 23:601-604, May 1925.

K. Lindner & A. Barkan
More about Ernst Fuchs.
                Am. J. Ophth. 14:335-338, Apr. 1931.

Two cases of complete blindness, caused by male hysteria. Cure.
(Reprint from a series of scientific papers, published by the Society of German Physicians in San Francisco,
in honor of the 25th anniversary of its foundation.)

Modern methods of recognizing the presence of foreign bodies in and around the eye, with demonstration of
apparatus and specimens. (Reprint)

A Small piece of steel, penetrating through the cornea and pupil into the lens, successfully removed by the
extraction of the cataractous lens five months later. (Reprint)

Last updated:

July 27, 2000