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Curiosity & Collaboration:
The Work of Michael Potter
(1924–2013)

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Books

Here are a few books, spanning several decades, that Dr. Michael Potter added it to his laboratory shelves, whether they belonged in the main library or not.

Neoplastic Diseases: A Treatise on Tumors, 3rd edition, 1928

13.0017.003

cover of Neoplastic Diseases book

Donated by Dr. Beverly Mock

This book, by James Ewing, was bought for the NIH when it was still singular (National Institute of Health) and located on Navy Hill in downtown Washington, D.C. Ewing was the first director of pathology at Memorial Hospital in New York, which was the first cancer center in the United States.

Ewing wrote that,

“It is the object of this work to present within reasonable space and in accessible form the main features of the origin, structure, and natural history of tumors.”

title page of Neoplastic Diseases book

Donated by Dr. Beverly Mock

preface of Neoplastic Diseases book

Donated by Dr. Beverly Mock

Pathology of Tumours, 1948

13.0017.004

Photo of Anthology of Tumours book

Donated by Dr. Beverly Mock

R. A. Willis wrote, “This book is the outcome of my special interest in tumours during 20 years as a hospital pathologist…. While aiming to give a useful general outline of each topic, I also wished the book to be a personal record of my own observations and conclusions.” Willis was Professor of Human and Comparative Pathology, at the Royal College of Surgeons, London. The book was bought for the NIH by Dr. Wilton Earle, who was responsible for the development of many tissue culture techniques. Potter may have used Willis’ book as inspiration for a manuscript that he was working on when he died about the history of plasma cell tumor research.
Photo of Anthology of Tumours book inside page

Donated by Dr. Beverly Mock

Photo of Anthology of Tumours preface page

Donated by Dr. Beverly Mock

Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology: The Wild Mouse in Immunology, 1986

13.0017.005

Photo of The Wild Mouse in Immunology book

Donated by Dr. Beverly Mock

This book was edited by Michael Potter, Joseph H. Nadeau (Jackson Laboratories, Bar Harbor, Maine), and Michael P. Cancro (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Department of Pathology), from papers presented at a 1985 workshop in Bethesda on the use of wild mice in a wide variety of research. They wrote that the papers, “are relevant to the growing use of ‘wild mice’ in immunological, microbiological and genetical research. ‘Wild mice’ is a jargonistic term that is used chiefly in the laboratory to refer to the naturally living forms of house mice (mus musculus) and also other species closely related” to them. The book also listed available mice stocks and sources, amazing one reviewer that the editors got scientists to share their sources.

Inside page of book with notes and article clippings taped to inside

Donated by Dr. Beverly Mock

Book open to mouse page

Donated by Dr. Beverly Mock

Illustration of wild mice

The beautiful drawings were done to scale by Phyllis Saroff. From top to bottom and left to right, they depict M. pahari, M. spretus, M. minutoides, M. cervicolor, M. caroli, M. castaneus, and M. saxicola from the NCI colony of mice. Saroff is a Maryland painter and illustrator whose portrayals of wildlife and botanical subjects have appeared in a variety of educational books and magazines.

Donated by Dr. Beverly Mock

Artifacts