The Horace Gilbert Smithy, Jr., M.D. Papers, 1946-1948, document Dr. Smithy’s research and publications on the groundbreaking surgical treatment (valvulotomy) he developed for scar tissue of the aortic valve. Dr. Smithy received national acclaim for this procedure, and the instrument used in the surgery, known as the valvulotome, was fabricated at MUSC. The collection contains negatives, photographs, and original drawings used in his publications, correspondence of Dr. Alfred Blalock regarding Dr. Smithy, and a news clipping from the Atlanta Journal Constitution detailing Dr. Smithy’s first valvulotomy.
- Charleston County
- Post-War America (1946 - 1954)