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Finding Aid for the John Martin Askey, M.D., Papers 1917-1990
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A small collection of papers, mostly from Dr. Askey's retirement years, which include materials concerning his personal life and family, and materials on medical topics which continued to have special interest for him. Dr. Askey was a skilled clinician with extensive professional publications; he was also a graceful writer, and the enclosed transcription of a youthful travel diary describing his time in 1925 as a ship's surgeon is most engaging.
As a very young man, John Martin Askey (1899-1991) thought he might want to be a journalist; but after graduation from high school in Bellingham, Washington, a short stint as police reporter for a Tacoma newspaper convinced him otherwise. Instead he decided to follow his older brother Vincent into medicine. After a year at the College of Puget Sound and three years at the University of Oregon he entered the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and received his M.D. degree in 1923. He interned at University of Pennsylvania Hospital, spent four months as a ship's surgeon, then again followed his older brother to California, where he received his license to practice medicine in 1925.
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