The bulk of this collection documents Dr. Benjamin's research and clinical activities, the research covering the urogenital
systems of both humans and animals and historical/bibliographic topics. The papers mostly span the years from 1930 to 1988
--years of professional education and working life -- with a few earlier and later items. There are also translations, photocopies
and microfilm of early classic publications, dating as far back as the 15th century. Perhaps one-eighth of all the material
is concerned with the John A. Benjamin Collection of Medical History, including the correspondence with rare book dealers
and with UCLA librarians from which a separate provenance database has been constructed. A smaller percentage of the material
can be considered personal, concerning Dr. Benjamin's background, family, and friends.
John Allison Benjamin (1906-Dec. 25, 1992), M.D., urologist, surgeon, scientist, teacher, collector of a treasure trove of
rare books in the history of medicine and science, and generous benefactor, was a self-made man. Innate capability and a driving
work ethic propelled him, not privileged birth or extraordinary opportunities. His intellectual drive and ambition led to
contacts with men who would act as role models, mentors, and friends until he had achieved his own renown, when he in turn
became a gifted and conscientious teacher and mentor.
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Special Collections Division.
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