The supplement to the main Kenneth E. Livingston
collection (Ms. Collection #130) extends the documentation of his clinical and
research endeavors in limbic system research and in the control of chronic pain.
To his long-term ongoing study of intravenous procaine for pain control, Dr.
Livingston added a small clinical trial on the efficacy of oral tocainide and
was much excited by the results; this later interest is well covered in these
supplemental materials. There are also drafts of ideas and letters concerning
his thoughts on ecology, homeostasis and the brain-mind discussion. All the
Kenneth E. Livingston papers are part of the John C. Liebeskind History of Pain
Collection at UCLA.
Kenneth Edwin Livingston was born in 1914, in Pendleton, Oregon and died in
Camp Sherman, Oregon, in 1984. He attended Stanford University (BA, 1936) and
Harvard Medical School (MD, 1939), and finished his specialization in
Neurosurgery at the Lahey Clinic, Boston. After service in the U.S. Navy Medical
Corps during World War II he returned to the Lahey Clinic until 1948, when he
relocated to Oregon. In 1960 he was invited to Shiraz University in Iran to
develop the Neurosurgery Service at Nemazee Hospital, and in 1962 was appointed
Visiting Dean at Pahlavi University to develop their Medical School under an
USAID program. For a year after his return to the U.S. in 1966 Dr. Livingston
served as a Consultant to the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, and
in 1968 he became Professor of Surgery/Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto
and Chief of Neurosurgery at Wellesley Hospital. He served these institutions
until his retirement in 1981.