Edwin C. Hamblen Papers, 1930-1969

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Hamblen, E. C. (Edwin Crowell), 1900-1963
Edwin Crowell Hamblen (1900-1963) served as a professor of endocrinology at Duke University School of Medicine and later chief of the endocrine division and endocrinologist at Duke University Hospital. Types of materials include correspondence, manuscript materials, articles, reprints, photographs, and certificates. Major subjects include Edwin C. Hamblen, Duke University Medical Center faculty, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, reproductive medicine, and endocrine aspects of gynecology. Some materials are in Spanish. Materials range in date from 1930 to 1969.
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Contains correspondence, manuscript materials, articles, reprints, photographs, and certificates pertaining to the career of Edwin C. Hamblen. The materials range in date from 1930 to 1969 and are arranged alphabetically. Some material is in Spanish.

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Edwin Crowell Hamblen was born in Greenville, Mississippi, August 23, 1900 to Reuben McPherson and Zoula Lee (Crowell). He received degrees from University of Virginia (BS, 1921 and MD, 1928). Hamblen served as an assistant and instructor in biochemistry and pharmacology at the Baylor University College of Medicine from 1922 to 1926 and completed an internship at University of Virginia Hospital from 1928 to1929. From 1929 to 1931, Hamblen worked at Gamble Brothers and Montgomery Clinic in Greenville, Mississippi, and the University of Virginia Hospital.
Hamblen came to Duke University in 1931 and organized Duke's Division of Endocrinology in 1936 within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He became an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology in 1931, clinical professor of endocrinology from 1944 to 1947, and an associate obstetrician and gynecologist at Duke University Hospital from 1931 to 1937. He later served as chief of the endocrine division and endocrinologist at Duke University Hospital from 1937 to 1955. Under Hamblen's guidance, the endocrinology clinic opened on January 2, 1937. In 1955, the department was reorganized as an integrated service with a staff from many clinical and preclinical departments.
Hamblen was widely respected for his research abilities. Through his research, Hamblen described the effect of steroid therapy upon gynecological diseases, and compared them with normal tissues to confirm or negate hypotheses as to hormonal effectiveness originally made on clinical observations alone. Hamblen's published results added to medical knowledge concerning the use and abuse of steroids in the treatment of patients, androgens in women, and reproductive health. Later researchers built upon Hamblen's discoveries to use certain agents to suppress ovulation by means of oral contraceptives.
The E.C. Hamblen Professor of Gynecology at the Duke University School of Medicine is named in his honor. Hamblen was a professionally active in the following organizations: American Medical Association, American Therapeutic Society, Association for Study Internal Secretions, American Society of Clinical Investigation, American Society of Anatomists, South Atlantic Association of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Southern Medical Association, American Society for Study Sterility, Durham-Orange County Medical Society, North Carolina Medical Association, and the North Carolina Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. Hamblen was also a member of the Durham Rose Society (president 1948-1949) and the American Rose Society (director 1951-1953). He was an honorary member of Sociedad Antiquena Columbia and corresponding member of Sociedad Columbiana de Obstetricia y Ginecologia. Professional honors included memberships in Sigma Xi, Alpha Omega Alpha, and Phi Beta Pi.
Hamblen married Agnes Morton Baptist in 1930. They had two daughters together. Hamblen died in 1963.

Acquisition information:
Source unknown (acquired, circa 1976), Accession A2019.067 (transferred by Samantha Nordan, July 2019)
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Processed by Archives staff and Emily Glenn: July 2003; encoded by Emily Glenn: March 2004; updated by Lucy Waldrop: July 2019

Organized into the following series: Papers, 1937-1969.
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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred citation:

[Identification of item], Edwin C. Hamblen Papers, Duke University Medical Center Archives.