Finding Aid for the Hector P. Blejer Collection. 1966-1991

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Hector P. Blejer Collection.,
Date (inclusive): 1966-1991
Collection number: 338
Creator: Blejer, Hector P. (Prieto) 1933-1990
Extent: 2 boxes (1.0 linear ft.)
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: This is a small collection of the professional papers of Dr. Hector P. Blejer, M.D., D.I.H., a diplomat of the American Board of Preventive Medicine, certified in Occupational Medicine, with a notable career in occupational and environmental medicine, toxicology, and epidemiology. Most of the content stems from 1979-1989, the years that Dr. Blejer acted as a private consultant to industry and state and federal government agencies.
Physical location: Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF)
Language of Material: Collection materials in English

Access

Collection is open for research. Access to a few folders is restricted due to patient confidentiality protocols.

Publication Rights

Property rights in the physical objects belong to the UCLA Biomedical Library. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish if the Biomedical Library does not hold the copyright.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Hector P. Blejer Collection., 338, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences , University of California, Los Angeles.

Acquisition Information

The collection was given by Mr. Hugo Blejer to the UCLA Biomedical Library in 1990, in memory of his brother.

Biography

Dr. Hector P. Blejer (or Hector Blejer-Pietro) was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1933 and was brought by his parents to Canada as a child. He earned an M.D. from McGill University in 1958 and a D.I.H. (Industrial Medicine) from the Denne Occupational Medical Clinic, Toronto, in 1963. He came to the U.S. and received his medical licenses from the National and the California Boards in 1965. Dr. Blejer became a citizen of the United States.
From 1965 to 1974 Dr. Blejer served in the California Departments of Health and Public Health as Head, Statewide Medical and Nursing Services Unit, and Head, Southern California Bureau of Occupational Health and Environmental Epidemiology. In 1975 he became Deputy Director, Division of Field Studies and Clinical Investigations, Cincinnati, Ohio, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. In 1976 he returned to Southern California as Director of the Occupational Health Department, The City of Hope Medical Center, Duarte. Dr. Blejer established a private practice in 1979 in Los Angeles as a consultant in occupational and environmental medicine, toxicology, and epidemiology. His clientele included government agencies at various levels of government, public and private companies, and labor unions.
Dr. Blejer was a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American Occupational Medical Association, and the American Academy of Occupational Medicine, and member of other professional groups. He authored many articles and book chapters, and produced or contributed to hundreds of reports on studies and problems in occupational and environmental health. He held appointments as adjunct or clinical professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, and lectured at other academic institutions in California and Arizona. He was also a frequent speaker on occupational, environmental, and consumer protection issues to a great variety of professional and lay groups, as well as on television and radio.

Scope and Content

This collection is small and spotty. Most of the material stems from Dr. Blejer's years as a private consultant: health forms and questionnaires he devised for clients, some correspondence, some documents relating to the business part of the practice. There are a few reports, and some other bits of his professional activities. The personal papers consist of a thorough c.v. and list of published and internal papers and reports, and a fact sheet -- probably produced for potential clients around the mid-1980s.
The collection is organized into the following series:
  • Series 1. Personal Papers.
  • Series 2. Professional Papers.

Related Material

ucsf collection

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Blejer, Hector P., 1933-1990
Occupational Medicine -- United States -- Biography


Container List

 

Series 1. Personal Papers.

Box 1, Folder 1

Curriculum vitae, publications, career summary, biographical listings.

Scope and Content Note

two cv versions, the earlier up to 1979, the later up to 1986, with list of publications and reports; three short biographical sketches, one from "Who's Who in the West", 20th ed., the other two sources unidentified
 

Series 2. Professional Papers.

Box 1, Folder 2

Continuing Medical Education. 1972-1988

Physical Description: folder 1 of 2

Scope and Content Note

certificates for CME hours, materials for courses taken, correspondence with: California Medical Association; American Medical Association; American Heart Association
Box 1, Folder 3

Continuing Medical Education. 1978-1989

Scope and Content Note

a Faculty Recognition Award for a CME course given at the University of Arizona; certificates for CME hours, materials for courses taken, correspondence with: American Heart Association; Baylor College of Medicine; Yale School of Medicine's "The Medical Letter"; University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine; American College of Preventive Medicine; American Occupational Medical Association; American College of Chest Physicians
Box 1, Folder 4

Drug Enforcement Administration. 1971-1991

Scope and Content Note

yearly controlled substances registration certificates issued in the name of Hector Blejer-Prieto; DEA guidelines, registration information
Box 1, Folder 5

Consultancy services. 1984, 1986

Scope and Content Note

correspondence with various law firms re. service as consultant or expert witness; two dated fee schedules for such services
Box 1, Folder 6

Consultancy services for Western Airlines. 1980-1984

Physical Description: folder 1 of 2

Scope and Content Note

various health questionnaires for employees; correspondence, memos
Box 1, Folder 7

Consultancy services for Western Airlines. 1983-1986

Physical Description: folder 2 of 2

Scope and Content Note

a listing, by month, of special work done for Western Airlines' Safety and Environmental Health Program, 12/1984-10/1985; billing statements, 12/1983-8/1986
Box 1, Folder 8

Consultancy services for The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. 1981-1986

Physical Description: folder 1 of 3

Scope and Content Note

correspondence re. termination of Dr. Blejer's contract after nearly five years of service; text of the original agreement and an amendment to that agreement; additional work-related correspondence
Box 1, Folder 9

Consultancy services for The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. 1981-1984

Physical Description: folder 2 of 3

Scope and Content Note

medical form letters; various health questionnaire and examination forms, some in draft stages
Box 1, Folder 10

Consultancy services for The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. 1981-1986

Physical Description: folder 3 of 3

Scope and Content Note

billing statements, 6/26/1981-4/15/1986
Box 1, Folder 11

"Principles and Procedures for the Preplacement Medical Examination", County of Los Angeles. 1986

Scope and Content Note

letter to the California State Department of Fair Employment and Housing with Dr. Blejer's opinion on some of the required standards; photocopy of the procedures document
Box 1, Folder 12

Pulmonary function.

Scope and Content Note

teaching and clinical materials: photocopies and manuscript notes on standard values, function studies and tests, bibliographic references; lengthy photocopies of publications on respiratory function tests and their interpretation
Box 1, Folder 13

Asbestos work exposure. Occupational health study report. 1966

Physical Description: folder 1 of 3

Scope and Content Note

California Department of Public Health study conducted by Dr. Blejer and two industrial hygiene engineers of the Pacific Asbestos Corporation, Copperopolis, California, to examine the mill's health hazards of asbestos dust and excessive noise, and to advise with respect to control
Box 1, Folder 14

Asbestos work exposure. Epidemiological data, bibliographic references.

Physical Description: folder 2 of 3

Scope and Content Note

data tables on deaths in California and nationally; asbestos-related work-injury reports in California, 1963-1966; bibliographic reference lists for selected epidemiological studies and early reports of asbestos and work exposure
Box 2, Folder 1

Asbestos work exposure. Teaching materials. 1970, 1984

Physical Description: folder 3 of 3

Scope and Content Note

list of 125 slides, Asbestosis Course June 15-18, 1970; photocopies of electron microscope images of human lung tissue showing the presence of asbestos fibers and other foreign particles, 1984
Box 2, Folder 2

Copyright registrations for three silent videotapes. 1983

Scope and Content Note

registration packets for three versions, titled: "Asbestosis" (4 min. 23 sec.), "Parenchymal and Pleural Asbestosis" (4 min. 23 sec.), and "Pleural Asbestosis" (1 min. 15 sec.); Copyright Office booklets R1c "Copyright Registration Procedures" and R45 "Copyright Registration for Motion Pictures Including Video Recordings"; correspondence about legal matters arising re. Asbestos Films, the entity holding the films' copyright
Box 2, Folder 3

Conference on "Organizing Community Based Clinical Trials: Models for the AIDS Epidemic". 1989 July

Scope and Content Note

Conference materials, participants, background documents; travel documents and correspondence; manuscript notes on the proposed topic

Note

Dr. Blejer was invited to participate in a round-table discussion on "What is meant by community-based?"
Box 2, Folder 4

Various occupational health forms.

Box 2, Folder 5

Miscellaneous materials.

Scope and Content Note

lists of slides and films on occupational health; typescript titled "Apportionment: cigarette smoking and industrial injury"; American Heart Association booklet on "Exercise testing and training..."
Box 2, Folder 6

Lead and its biological effects.

Scope and Content Note

nineteen 35mm slides of text and graphs
Box 2, Folder 7

Pulmonary function tests - clinical patient material. 1980-1982

Scope and Content Note

laboratory reports on three patients

Note

RESTRICTED access
Box 2, Folder 8

Clinical trial of Roferon administered with or without Vinblastine. 1986-1987

Scope and Content Note

consent form with description of the study; instructions and information for patients; one week's record of side effects in a subject

Note

RESTRICTED access; this research study was conducted at UCLA School of Medicine, sponsored by Hoffmann-La Roche