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Harry Rudolph Mendelsohn, M.D. Collection

Identifier: WC-30

Scope and Contents

This collection of documents focuses on the foundation of the General Practitioners Movement, Dr. Mendelsohn’s involvement, and how the movement spread to hospitals across the country. The collection consists of correspondence, and the original constitution and bylaws of the Society of General Physicians.


  • Majority of material found in 1945-1980

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Harry Rudolf Mendelsohn was born on September 22nd, 1910 in London, England. He, his siblings, and his Russian-born parents soon immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio where Mendelsohn grew up and attended high school. He later finished his undergraduate degree at Miami University, then received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. He was heavily involved in several local and national medical organizations. Most notably Mendelsohn led the General Practitioners movement in Cincinnati in the mid-1940’culminating in the creation of Southwestern Ohio Society of General Physicians.


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Dr. Mendelsohn attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for his undergraduate degree and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine for his medical degree, where he graduated in 1937. Mendelsohn led the General Practitioners movement in greater Cincinnati area hospitals, helping it spread across the country. This led to the Southwestern Ohio Society of General Physicians. SOSGP formed because of the “unadorned necessity of general practitioners…to prevent foreclosure of their hospital connections and professional privileges,” (History of Society of General Physicians, Mendelsohn).

Guide to the Harry Rudolph Mendelsohn, M.D. Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Cincinnati, Health Sciences Library, Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions Repository

Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati Ohio 45267-0574