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The Bacon Chow Collection

  • Creator: Chow, Bacon Field (1909 - 1973)

  • Collection Date: 1949 - 1973

  • Extent: 9 linear feet

  • Finding Aid
Bacon Chow
by unidentified photographer
black and white photograph.


Bacon Chow was born in Foochow, China, and moved to the United States in 1925 to attend the University of Illinois. He received his B.S. in 1929 from that institution and his Ph.D. in 1932 from Harvard University. He served on the faculty of the department of biochemistry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygeine and Public Health, and was known for his studies regarding the effects of a woman's diet on her offspring. An advocate of a high protein diet during pregnancy, Chow led public health initiatives to improve the diet of pregnant women.

Hopkins Affiliations

1949 - 1973 Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health

Scope and Content

The Bacon Chow Collection covers the latter part of Chow's career at Johns Hopkins. It contains professional and personal correspondence, biographical information, notes and data on nutrition studies, manuscripts, reprints, photographs, audiocassettes, and films. Much of the material relates to the Sui-lin study Chow conducted in Taiwan, which examined the effect of maternal dietary supplementation during pregnancy and lactation on the growth and development of the offspring.

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.

Permissions and Credits

When citing material from this collection, credit The Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. For permission to reproduce images, contact the holder of the copyright.

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