WALTER C. ALVAREZ. ALS: "Walter C. Alvarez", 1p, 6¼x9½. No
place, 1973 January 8. On sheet imprinted with his name to "Dear Dr.
Rogers". In full: "I sympathize as I have, since boyhood, been a
collector of old books on medicine, anthropology, evolution, etc. My first
achievement when I was an intern in 1906 was to show how useless &
traumatic it was to purge violently every person operated on. My biggest
discovery was the presence of gradients in the small bowel that cause food to go
down - I started that work with my dear Prof. Cannon at Harvard.
Around 1928 I built up the Amer. Gastro. Assn. I was their President &
their Editor - I did much to improvement the treatment of duodenal ulcer
& migraine during my 25 years at Mayos - In recent years I wrote a
book on Little Strokes (perhaps the third commonest disease of man - Then I
wrote a book on the very common non-convulsive epilepsy - which is
practically never diagnosed - Cordially". Physician and author Walter
Clement Alvarez (1884-1978) became known as "America's Family Doctor" for
his medical columns (beginning in 1950) and radio and television appearances.
Alvarez, who also authored several dozen books on medicine and wrote
Forewords for many others, had become a Professor of Medicine at the
University of Minnesota (Mayo Foundation) in 1934. He was the son of Luis
F. Alvarez, who developed a better method of diagnosing diagmacular leprosy,
and the brother of famed California artist Mabel Alvarez. One of his
sons, Luis Alvarez, became a Nobel Prize-winning physicist.
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