Repository Guide to the Personal Papers Collections of
Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

The Warfield M. Firor Collection


Warfield M. Firor by I. Hunner Parsons; oil on canvas, 35.5 by 31.5 inches, circa 1962.



Collection Summary 

Firor, Warfield Monroe

7 Nov 1896-12 Aug 1988

Institutional Affiliation(s)
Johns Hopkins Hospital

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Date Range of Collection

Volume of Collection
1 linear foot




Warfield M. Firor was born in Baltimore. He received his A.B. in 1917 from the Johns Hopkins University and his M.D. in 1921 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He remained at Johns Hopkins for residencies in both neurosurgery and surgery and became a faculty member and surgeon at Johns Hopkins. Firor played a major role in the national effort to raise the level of training in surgery and lectured on medicine throughout the United States. He conducted research on the effects of tetanus toxin on the spinal cord and investigated the treatment of diseased adrenal glands with hormone implants. Among Firor's surgical contributions was the introduction of intestinal antisepsis in preparation for colon surgery. 

Scope and Content

The Warfield M. Firor Collection primarily consists of a series of transcripted interviews in which Firor discussed various aspects of his career and colleagues at Johns Hopkins. Along with the interviews is an unpublished manuscript Comments About the Surgical Chiefs at the Johns Hopkins Hospital Between 1918 and 1938. The collection also includes biographical materials, reprints, and a program from Firor's memorial service (15 August 1988).

Policy on Access and Use

This collection may contain some restricted records. Materials pertaining to patients, students, employees, and human research subjects, as well as unprocessed collections and recent administrative records, carry restrictions on access. For more information about the policies and procedures for access, see Policy on Access and Use.

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