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Gustaf E. Lindskog Papers

Call Number: Ms Coll 34

Scope and Contents

The collection contains reports of the Thoracic Service at Yale, 1938-1946; statistics of various other surgical operations at Yale; lists of surgical residents; typescripts of lectures before various groups; medical illustrations by Armin Hemberger and others, and photographic illustrations from some of his papers; manuscripts of possibly unpublished papers; other miscellany; and reprints of Lindskog's articles. The restricted boxes contain Lindskog's descriptions of his surgical operations on named patients.


  • 1929-1987


Conditions Governing Access

Part of this collection is open for research.

Descriptions of operations and correspondence with or about named patients are restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Reports in Lindskog's official capacity as professor of surgery and surgeon are the property of Yale University. Yale does not own copyright to other materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Carl Lindskog, 2011. Additional materials belonging to Lindskog, especially his history of surgery lectures, were donated earlier and added to the collection in 2015.


Organized in seven series: 1. Yale University School of Medicine Department of Surgery. 2. Lectures before various groups. 3. Medical drawings and photographs for some of Lindskog's publications. 4. Miscellany. 5. Reprints of Lindskog's papers. 6. Notes on surgical operations (restricted). 7. Lindskog's history of surgery lectures at Yale.


2.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


Thoracic surgeon Gustaf Lindskog was a member of the Department of Surgery from 1933 until his retirement in 1971. He chaired the department from 1948 to 1966. The collection consists primarily of his reports as head of the Thoracic Surgery Service of New Haven Hospital, talks including history of surgery lectures given at Yale, medical illustrations, and reprints. The restricted boxes contain Lindskog's notes on his surgical operations on named patients.

Biographical / Historical

Gustaf E. Lindskog, thoracic surgeon at Yale, was born in Boston in 1903. He graduated from the Massachusettts Agricultural College (now University of Massachusetts) in 1923, and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1928. He interned at Lakeside Hospital in Cleveland. From 1929 to 1932, he was a resident in surgery at Yale. The following year he was a National Research Council Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In 1933, he returned to Yale as instructor of surgery and rose through the ranks to become the William Carmalt Professor of Surgery in 1948. Lindskog chaired the department from 1948 to 1966. In 1971 he retired but remained active in the Yale community. During World War II, he served for four years as a commander in the Navy Medical Corps and was stationed part of the time at the Philadelphia Naval Yard. In 1943, he worked with Louis S. Goodman and Alfred Gilman on the development of chemotherapy at Yale. They used nitrogen mustard in the treatment of a patient with lymphosarcoma. Lindskog was widely recognized for his contributions to thoracic surgery. He pioneered in the surgical resection of chronic pulmonary abscess. In addition to his many research articles, he was co-author with Averill Liebow and William Glenn on three editions of a major textbook of thoracic surgery, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery with Related Pathology (1953, 1962, 1975). He died at the age of 99 in 2002.

Custodial History

These materials were owned by Gustaf E. Lindskog.

Guide to the Gustaf E. Lindskog Papers
Finding aid by Toby A. Appel
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Medical Historical Library, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Repository

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