A small collection of papers, mostly from Dr. Askey's
retirement years, which include materials concerning his personal life and
family, and materials on medical topics which continued to have special interest
for him. Dr. Askey was a skilled clinician with extensive professional
publications; he was also a graceful writer, and the enclosed transcription of a
youthful travel diary describing his time in 1925 as a ship's surgeon is most
As a very young man, John Martin Askey (1899-1991) thought he might want to
be a journalist; but after graduation from high school in Bellingham,
Washington, a short stint as police reporter for a Tacoma newspaper convinced
him otherwise. Instead he decided to follow his older brother Vincent into
medicine. After a year at the College of Puget Sound and three years at the
University of Oregon he entered the University of Pennsylvania School of
Medicine and received his M.D. degree in 1923. He interned at University of
Pennsylvania Hospital, spent four months as a ship's surgeon, then again
followed his older brother to California, where he received his license to
practice medicine in 1925.
2 document boxes
(1 lin. ft.)
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