Author Biographical Info

Dr. Desmond was born in the Hebrides Islands of Scotland in 1916. Postwar, she completed her pediatric training and a fellowship in newborn research. In 1948, she moved to Houston, Texas to join the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine in the Pediatric Department which at that time consisted of four faculty members and two residents. In 1950, Baylor became affiliated with the former Jefferson Davis Hospital and a newborn service was established. Dr. Desmond became the first head of the newborn care section in the Pediatric Department. In 1973 she became the director of the Leopold Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics at Texas Children's hospital. During this period she was on the team which cared for David Vetter, the "Bubble Boy." The Desmond Neonatal Developmental Follow-up Clinic, named for Dr. Desmond, was established in 1994 to provide logitudinal follow-up and neurodevelopmental assessments for pre-term babies.


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Publication Date(s)

circa 1969




A fifteen page typed history of the newborn section in the Baylor College of Medicine Pediatrics department, from 1947 to 1969. Written by Dr. Murdina Desmond, it includes some of her personal history and identifies key personnel, such as Dr. Russell Blattner, Dr. Martha Yow, Dr. Arnold Jack Rudolph, Dr. Reba Hill, Dr. Rebecca Pineda, Dr. Geraldine Wilson. See more at Murdina MacFarquhar Desmond, MD Papers and its finding aid.


Dr. Desmond donated the items in the collection in 1996. No accruals are expected for this collection.


Pediatrics, Pediatricians, Neonatology, Hospitals Nurseries, Communicable diseases, Epidemics, Premature infants, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston (TX), Texas Medical Center, Murdina M. Desmond (1916- ), Jefferson Davis Hospital (Houston, TX), Martha Dukes Yow, Arnold J. (Arnold Jack) Rudolph (1918-1995), Reba Michels Hill, Texas Children's Hospital, C. William Daeschner, transcripts


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