Louis S. Goodman audio-visual collection, 1968-1980

Overview of the Collection

Goodman, Louis Sanford, 1906-
Louis S. Goodman audio-visual collection
1968-1980 (inclusive)
164 reel-to-reel audiotapes and 2 U-matic videocassettes
Collection Number
The Louis S. Goodman audio-visual collection (1968-1980) consists of video and audio tapes relating to the personal life and scientific career of University of Utah pharmacologist Dr. Louis S. Goodman, a pioneer of anticancer chemotherapy.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT

Telephone: 8015818863
Access Restrictions

Materials must be used on-site; no use of original material, access copies will be made available for viewing. Five business days advanced notice required. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law, condition of the material, or by donor.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Louis S. Goodman (1906-2000) was born August 27 in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Reed College in 1928, earned his medical degree at the University of Oregon in 1932 and interned at Johns Hopkins Hospital before moving to Yale University to study and later teach pharmacology. During World War II, while investigating chemical warfare, Goodman and fellow Yale scientist Dr. Alfred Gilman discovered the effectiveness of nitrogen mustard as an anticancer chemotherapy, a breakthrough which led to chemotherapy's role as a major cancer treatment.

In 1943, Goodman left Yale for the University of Vermont, and, in 1944 he moved to Salt Lake City to become the founding chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Utah's School of Medicine. There, he supervised experiments in anesthesia with the paralyzing muscle relaxant, curare, once used by South American Indians as poison.

A particular authority on drugs for treating both cancer and epileptic seizures, Goodman created the journal, Pharmacological Reviews for the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics in 1949 and co-authored the seminal textbook, Goodman and Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, first published in 1941 and now well in to its tenth edition. He retired from the Department of Pharmacology in 1971 and passed away 19 November 2000 at the age of ninety-four.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Louis S. Goodman Audio Visual Collection (1968-1980) consists of video and audio tapes relating to the personal life and scientific career of University of Utah pharmacologist Dr. Louis S. Goodman, a pioneer of anticancer chemotherapy.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


This collection is arranged chronologically and by format.

Related Materials

See also the Louis S. Goodman papers (Accn 937) and photograph collection (P0308).

Processing Note

Processed by Christopher Drew in 1988.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1-164 Correspondence with Carolyn and Stuart Turkanis

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Audio recordings of personal correspondence between Dr. Louis Goodman's family and his daughter and son-in-law: teacher Carolyn Goodman Turkanis and pharmacologist Stuart Turkanis.
165 Interview with Dr. Alfred Gilman

U-matic videocassette
Interview with Dr. Louis Goodman's colleague and collaborator, Dr. Alfred Gilman, with whom Goodman discovered the effectiveness of nitrogen mustard in cancer chemotherapy at Yale University in the 1940s.
1979 August 27
166 Interview with Dr. Louis S. Goodman

U-matic videocassette
Interview with noted pharmacologist Dr. Louis S. Goodman conducted by Dr. Harry Green.
1980 April

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Pharmacologists--Utah
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology--Study and teaching--Utah

Corporate Names

  • University of Utah--College of Medicine
  • University of Utah--Faculty

Form or Genre Terms

  • Moving images
  • Sound recordings