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 1965




Nurse sits in a chair holding up an infant in an open blanket. The nurses' uniform shows the word "Jefferson," likely for Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston, Texas. The infant is wearing a shirt, cloth diaper, and ankle ID bracelet; the umbilical stump is visible above the diaper. Accompanying description reads, "Unknown white male, 6#-0. Hosp #63265 63268, 3/1-3/11." Black-and-white photograph measures 8" x 10". 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.


Women in medicine, African Americans in medicine, Nurses, Newborn infants, Hospitals Nurseries, Houston (TX), Jefferson Davis Hospital (Houston, TX), photographs » black-and-white photographs


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