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The Leslie N. Gay Collection

  • Creator: Gay, Leslie N. (1891 - 1978)

  • Collection Date: 1941 - 1959

  • Extent: 9 linear feet

  • An unpublished inventory for this collection is available at the Archives.
Leslie N. Gay
by Udel Brothers
black and white photograph.


Leslia N. Gay was born in Shamokin, Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.B. in 1913 from Lafayette College and an M.D. in 1917 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He founded the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's allergy clinic, and was its director for 36 years. He pioneered the use of the drug Dramamine, which he and an associate discovered could serve as both a preventative medicine and a cure for motion sickness. Gay also helped establish an allergy clinic in Cardiff, Wales, and was a consultant for the Walter Reed Army Medical Center for many years.

Hopkins Affiliations

1925 - 1978 Johns Hopkins Hospital
1919 - 1978 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Scope and Content

The Leslie N. Gay Collection covers his years as director of the Johns Hopkins allergy clinic. Series include correspondence, scientific manuscripts, speeches made by Gay and colleagues, scientific illustrations, research data, slides, and reprints. The majority of the correspondence, manuscripts, and speeches concern motion sickness and use of the drug Dramamine.

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

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