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Samuel P. Asper was born in Oak Park, Illinois. He received his A.B. in 1936 from Baylor University and his M.D. in 1940 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After completing his internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he was a research fellow in medicine at the Harvard Medical School. During World War II, Asper served with the 5th General Hospital Harvard Unit of the U.S. Army Medical Corps, eventually earning the rank of captain. In 1946, he returned to Johns Hopkins Hospital as an assistant resident physician. Asper was named an instructor in medicine at the medical school in 1947 and eventually rose to the rank of professor. In 1957, he became an associate dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and chief of the division of endocrinology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was vice president for medical affairs at the Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1970 until 1973, when he took a leave of absence to serve as dean of the medical school and chief of staff of the hospital at the American University of Beruit, Lebanon. He returned to Johns Hopkins in 1979 as a professor in medicine.

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The Samuel P. Asper Collection spans much of his career at Johns Hopkins, with a concentration on his administrative activities. Series include correspondence, administrative records, essays, speeches, and scientific notes. Much of the correspondence pertains to student admissions and the hospital’s house staff. There is also material relating to Asper’s exchange professorship at Guy’s Hospital Medical School in London, including notes on British medicine and an evaluation of his stay at the medical school. A blueprint for the Blalock 10 office/study in the department of medicine is also included.

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