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George W. Binkley papers

Identifier: MSS 2/257

Scope and Contents

The papers of George W. Binkley, spanning 1930 to 1974, document his career as a dermatologist, professor, and frequent contributor to dermatological publications; the collection also provides evidence of Binkley's special interest in skin diseases associated with diabetes. Included in the collection are personal papers, correspondence, records of Binkley's involvement in various professional organizations, his research materials on diabetes, and samples of his essays and speeches.

Series 1 contains Binkley's personal papers; present are records of his military service, certifications by various medical boards, and faculty and hospital appointments. Also present is Binkley's curriculum vitae, his bibliography, biographical information, and miscellaneous certificates.

Binkley's correspondence is contained in Series 2. Present are incoming letters and autograph drafts or carbon copies of Binkley's outgoing letters. Included are requests for reprints, permissions to use photographs, and correspondence with various medical journals. Binkley corresponded with other dermatologists and often made queries about their research findings and theories; correspondents include dermatologists Alfred W. Kopf, Raul Fleischmajer, J. E. Jelinek, and Beno Michel.

Series 3 contains materials pertaining to Binkley's membership in various professional organizations. Included are records of Binkley's involvement in the Division of Education and Communication (DECOM) of the American Academy of Dermatology's National Program for Dermatology. Present are meeting agendas, summaries of projects, memoranda, correspondence, and a roster of task forces. Also welldocumented is Binkley's participation in four annual meetings (1970-1973) of the American Society of Dermatopathology; present are programs, registration information, membership rosters, by laws, correspondence, abstracts of papers, and notes taken by Binkley at presentations.

Included in Series 4 are research materials on diabetes and skin diseases associated with diabetes, including Degos' Disease, necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum, scleredema, and idiopathic hemochromatosis. Present are clippings, essays, and reprints of articles, all of which are heavily annotated by Binkley. Also present are Binkley's notes, correspondence, bibliographies, case studies, and photographs. Binkley might have assembled these materials while researching and preparing to write his chapter on "Skin in Diabetes" in Diabetes Mellitus: Theory and Practice.

Works on dermatology, by Binkley and Herbert Z. Lund, are contained in Series 5. Present are essays by Binkley and materials relating to "Skin in Diabetes", his contribution to Diabetes Mellitus: Theory and Practice, edited by Max Ellenberg and Harold Rifkin. Included is correspondence with Ellenberg and Rifkin about the publication of the book, and drafts and page proofs of Binkley's chapter. Also present are two printed works by Lund: Tumors of the Skin (1957) and Melanotic Tumors of the Skin (1961). Binkley has annotated both works.


  • 1930 - 1974


Biographical / Historical

George Webster Binkley, dermatologist and Professor of Dermatology, was born in Canton, Ohio, on 24 January 1904. He was the son of Emmaus Arthur and Della Baker Binkley. In 1930, he married Kathryn Sensenig. Binkley died in Hendersonville, North Carolina, on 2 April 1974.

George W. Binkley graduated from the Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1930. He interned at St. Luke's Hospital in Cleveland and at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, from 1931 to 1932. In 1933, Binkley began a residency in dermatology at University Hospitals in Cleveland and at Cleveland City Hospital. In 1937, after completing his residency, Binkley began a private practice and became an instructor in Dermatology at Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Eventually, Binkley became Professor of Dermatology and Syphilology and in 1970 became Professor Emeritus of Dermatology. In addition, Binkley served as a consultant at several hospitals in Cleveland, including University Hospitals, Rainbow Hospital, and Benjamin Rose Hospital.

Binkley, who specialized in skin diseases associated with diabetes, published numerous articles and contributed a chapter to Diabetes Mellitus: Theory and Practice (1970). He was a member of numerous medical and dermatological societies, including the American Dermatological Association, the American Academy of Dermatology, and the American Society of Dermatopathology. Binkley also was a member of the Cleveland Dermatological Society and at one time served as president of this organization.


1.25 Linear feet (3 boxes and 1 oversize folder)

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Custodial History

The papers of George W. Binkley were donated to the Historical Collections of the Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia by his wife, Kathryn S. Binkley, on 8 August 1974.

The collection was processed and catalogued in 1992.

Separated materials - oversize

Flat file no. 1, drawer 2

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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