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Joseph Lee Hollander papers

Identifier: MSS 2/238
This collection of Joseph Lee Hollander's papers, 19511987, contains, primarily, correspondence concerning his research in the 1950s and 1960s on the treatment of arthritis through intra articular steroid therapy and the effect of a controlled climate chamber on arthritic patients.

Series 1 contains two typescript drafts of Hollander's 1951 paper on the injection of cortisone and hydrocortisone into arthritic joints as well as letters, 1951-1953, from physicians and arthritic patients seeking information on the treatment. Also included is one folder of correspondence with Elmer Alpert and other members of the Medical Division of Merck Co., concerning the supply of cortisone.

Professional correspondence, 1953-1968, concerning Hollander's development of a controlled climate chamber to house patients and study the effect of climate on diseases such as arthritis is included in Series 2. The series contains Hollander's proposal for the chamber; correspondence concerning its construction and development; grant applications and a progress report; and letters from arthritic patients, describing their case histories and seeking information about or offering themselves as subjects for the climate chamber research.

Some miscellaneous material, 1968-1987, including Joseph Lee Hollander's curriculum vitae and bibliography and letters concerning his receipt of the Charles B. Harding Award for his work in arthritis research, is in Series 3.


  • 1951 - 1987



.5 Linear feet (2 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Lee Hollander, Philadelphia physician and arthritis researcher, was born on 8 March 1910 in Ferguson, Mo. In 1936, he was married to Olive Hollander (d. 1973); they had two daughters. In 1974, he married Grace Hill Hollander.

Hollander received an A.B. from Cornell University in 1932 and an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1935. After an internship in Pennsylvania Hospital, he was a Demonstrator in Medicine at Jefferson Medical College, 19391946, then taught medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine from 1946 to his retirement in 1978. From 1946 to 1972, Hollander was also chief of the Arthritis Section of the University's Department of Medicine. He also edited five editions of Arthritis and allied conditions. Hollander was a pioneer in research on joint temperature variations, intra articular steroid therapy, and the effects of climate on arthritis and immunopathogenetic mechanisms in rheumatoid arthritis.

Joseph Lee Hollander was a member of many professional organizations, including the American Rheumatism Association (president, 1961-1962), the American College of Physicians, and the Philadelphia Rheumatism Society (president, 19581960). He became a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 1949.

Custodial History

This small collection of Joseph Lee Hollander's papers was donated to the Historical Collections of the Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia by Dr. Hollander on 24 October 1986.

The collection was processed and catalogued in December 1991.
Joseph Lee Hollander papers

Repository Details

Part of the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Repository

19 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19103 United States