This collection includes materials dealing with Lilly Sováry's life and medical/health problems (Cushing's and Addison's diseases)
Includes correspondence with physicians, art work, photocopied materials.
Lilly Sováry was born in Hungary and later became a U.S. citizen. She was a victim
of Cushing's Disease (hyperadrenocorticism secondary to excessive pituitary secretion of
of adrenocorticotropic hormone, or ACTH), for which she was first treated at Stanford
University Hospital in 1965-1966. In 1967 she was transferred to the Metabolic Research
Center at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. She rejected
adrenalectomy, then the customary treatment, but underwent experimental pituitary
irradiation treatments at Stanford (in a 1979 interview with Kristine Bertelsen of UCSF's
Medical Anthropology Department, Sováry stated that there were two series of
irradiation treatments -one in 1966, and a second in 1968). In 1971 she was again
admitted to the Metabolic Research Center at UCSF for experimental hormone treatment, but
she became very ill and this treatment was discontinued.
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