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  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Title: P. C. Remondino Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 4
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 3.25 Linear feet (7 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1734-1924
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English and Italian.
    Abstract: This collection contains the papers and research of P.C. (Peter Charles) Remondino, San Diego physician.
    creator: Remondino, Peter Charles, 1846-1926

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains papers of P.C. (Peter Charles) Remondino, including autobiographies, published works, manuscripts and drafts dated from 1891 to 1922. Published works include “History of Circumcision,” “The Modern Climatic Treatment of Invalids with Pulmonary Consumption in Southern California,” and “Medical Education,” among others. An assortment of transcribed articles of Remondino’s interests extend from 1734 to 1911. Also included in the collection are some of Remondino's personal papers, including military and pension documents, as well as poems and musical compositions written and/or collected by his daughter, Luisa Re Mondini.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Aimee Santos on March 6, 2012.
    Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

    Preferred Citation

    P. C. Remondino Papers, MS 4, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession number 790607.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    P.C. (Peter Charles) Remondino was born in Turin, Italy on February 10, 1846. After his mother passed away, he and his father immigrated to America in the spring of 1854. Remondino spent his first year in America attending a private school in New York City to learn the English language. His father then brought the small family to Wabasha, Minnesota where he opened up a general store. At the age of 16, Remondino accompanied Dr. Francis H. Milligan, the local doctor and former professor, on his rounds in Wabasha. His profound interest and predilection in medicine grew and not long after, with the encouragement of Dr. Milligan, he was studying at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. While a student, Remondino, along with other classmates, responded to the call for surgeons during the Civil War’s Battle of the Wilderness in 1864. His service as a medical cadet in Virginia exposed him to the primitive battlefield medicine where petroleum was a typical medical treatment for many ills, from gunshot wounds to the amputation of a shattered limb. The winter session brought him back to Jefferson Medical College to resume his studies the same year. He graduated the following year in the spring of 1865.
    Immediately after graduation, he returned to the army as an Acting Assistant Surgeon, serving at various hospitals, camps, and military prisons in Virginia. He also fell victim to malaria, which was prevalent in the area. He returned to Minnesota to start his own private practice until the declaration of war with Prussia by the Republic of France on September 4, 1870. He sought service as a Volunteer Surgeon with the French Army during the Franco-Prussian War and was one of two Americans to receive the French Military Medal for war service. During his tour of Europe, malaria plagued him again. As a result of the impairment of his health in both wars, he became interested in medical climatology and began his pursuit of a more suitable climate. After travelling by steamer and several weeks stay in San Francisco, he finally settled in San Diego in 1873. In January of 1874, he opened an office next door to an old classmate, Dr. Robert Gregg.
    In 1875, Dr. Remondino was appointed City Physician and was the first President of the City Board of Health, a position he intermittently occupied until his death. He was the Surgeon of the Southern California Railroad Company and the Pacific Coast Steamship Company. For many years he was the Surgeon of the U.S. Marine Hospital Service.
    Built by Dr. Remondino and Dr. Thomas C. Stockton, the first private hospital in San Diego opened its doors in 1881. The two-story, 24 bed structure was located on the corner of F and Columbia Streets. Dr. Remondino later sold his share of the hospital to Dr. Stockton in 1884. In 1886, Dr. Remondino temporarily retired from practicing medicine. In the same year he and his wife built the Saint James Hotel, located on the corner of 6th Avenue and E Street in Downtown, San Diego. Subsequently, he resumed full practice once again. On record, only eight physicians practiced in San Diego in the year of 1887. Dr. Remondino had 39 subscribers in 1881. His practice extended into Ensenada where he successfully operated on a number of cysts of the pancreas of parasitic origin from sheep.
    Dr. Remondino’s interest in the history of medicine generated a collection of literature which at one point became the largest medical library in the state of California. One of his travels to Europe brought back a diversity of 3,000 medical books in various languages. For a period of time, he held the Chair of History of Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Los Angeles, which is now the medical department of the University of Southern California. He urged the establishment of a Secretary of Health position in the United States President’s Cabinet as early as 1892. This development did not occur until the creation of the Cabinet-level Department of Health, Education and Welfare under President Eisenhower in 1953. He occupied many distinguished positions including San Diego County Physician, Vice President of the California Medical State Society, President of the Southern California Medical Society, and President of the San Diego County Medical Society. He also served on the State Board of Health of California. He was associated with the American Public Health Association, the American Medical Association, and the New York Medico-Legal Society.
    In 1877, Dr. Remondino married Sophia Ann Earle, a niece of the Bishop of Marlborough of London, the late Honorable Alfred Earle. In 1891, Dr. Remondino and his wife Sophia built one of the first houses on San Diego’s Banker's Hill. They had four children, Caroline Katherine, Frederic Earle, Luisa, and Charles Earle. Daughter Luisa’s last name is documented as “Re Mondini” in her published book “Fancy’s Garden and Other Poems.” Dr. Remondino died from cerebral thrombosis on December 10, 1926, leaving his autobiographical work unfinished.


    Collection is arranged into seven series:
    Series I: Autobiography and Memoirs
    Series II: Manuscripts and Published Works
    Series III: Research Notes
    Series IV: Research Articles
    Series V: Personal Papers
    Series VI: Luisa Re Mondini Papers
    Items in each series are arranged by subject.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    California State Board of Health.
    Gregg, Robert
    Jefferson Medical College.
    Milligan, Francis H.
    New York Medico-Legal Society.
    Pacific Coast Steamship Company.
    Re Mondini Stahel, Luisa
    Remondino, Peter Charles, 1846-1926
    St. James Hotel (San Diego, Calif.).
    Stockton, Thomas Coates, 1837-1910
    Air embolism
    Alcohol intoxication
    Animal psychology
    Certificates of death
    Gunshot wounds
    Hospital buildings
    Medical care
    Medical climatology
    Medical education
    Medical examinations
    Medical libraries
    Medical treatment
    Medicine, Preventive
    Military medicine
    San Diego (Calif.)
    Santa Fe Depot (San Diego, Calif.)
    Stab wounds
    Transfusion medicine
    Veterinary medicine
    Wabasha (Minn.)
    War -- Medical aspects
    Wounds and injuries