Healthcare Bibliography — Colorado

Colorado's Jewish Healthcare Leaders and Institutions

During the 19th and 20th centuries, the Jewish community made contributions to healthcare in the Denver metropolitan area that are still admired worldwide.

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Jeanne E. Abrams: Blazing the Tuberculosis Trail: The Religio-Ethnic Role of Four Sanatoria in Early Denver. Denver: Colorado Historical Society, 1991.

Jeanne E. Abrams: Chasing the Cure: A History of the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society of Denver, PhD dissertation, University of Colorado, 1983.

Jeanne E. Abrams: Dr. Charles David Spivak: A Jewish Immigrant and the American Tuberculosis Movement. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2009.

Jeanne E. Abrams: "'For a Child's Sake': The Denver Sheltering Home for Jewish Children in the Progressive Era," American Jewish History 79:2 (Winter 1989-1990) pp. 181-202.

Jeanne E. Abrams: Jewish Denver, 1859-1940. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Arcadia Press, 2007.

Jeanne E. Abrams: Jewish Women Pioneering the Frontier Trail, A History in the West. New York: New York University Press, 2006.

Jeanne E. Abrams: "Unsere Leit ('Our People'): Anna Hillkowitz and the Development of the East European Jewish Woman Professional in America." American Jewish Archives XXXIV, Number 2, pp. 275-289. November 1985.

Milton Louis Anfenger: Birth of a Hospital: The Story of the Birth of the National Jewish Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Denver, 1942. 78 pages. A helpful collection of primary documents and commentaries on them by the son of one of the founders of National Jewish.

Sol H. Bassow, MD, and Abe Ravin, MD: The First Twenty-Five Years of the General Rose Memorial Hospital, 1945-1970. Denver: Rose Hospital, 1970.

Carrie Shevelson Benjamin: "Woman's Place in Charitable Work: What it is and What it Should Be" in Papers of the Jewish Women's Congress Held at Chicago, September 4,5,6 and 7, 1893. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1894.

Allen duPont Breck: The Centennial History of the Jews of Colorado. Denver: University of Denver / Hirschfeld Press, 1961.

First Annual Report of the Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society at Denver, Colo. 1905.

Mary Ann Fitzharris: A Place to Heal: The History of National Jewish Medical and Research Center. Denver: National Jewish Medical and Research Center, 1989. A valuable compendium of the historical facts, including a detailed timeline.

Mary Ann Fitzharris and Jeanne E. Abrams: A Place to Heal: The History of National Jewish Medical and Research Center: Global Leader in Lung, Allergic and Immune Diseases. Denver: National Jewish Medical and Research Center, 1997.

Rabbi William Friedman: "Modern Methods of Fighting Tuberculosis: What the National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives is Doing." Address to the National Jewish Chautauqua Society, 1905.

James Richard Giese: Tuberculosis and the Growth of Denver's Eastern European Community: The Accommodation of an Immigrant Group to a Medium-Sized Western City, 1900-1920. PhD dissertation. University of Colorado, 1979.

Phil Goodstein: Exploring Jewish Colorado. Denver: Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society, Center for Judaic Studies, University of Denver, 1992.

Jane Hoback (ed.): To Help and to Heal: The History of National Jewish Health 1899-2009. Larry Borowsky and Lisa Jones, contributing editors. Denver: National Jewish Health, 2009. Unusually well done; indispensable.

Marjorie Hornbein: "Dr. Charles Spivak of Denver," Western States Jewish Historical Quarterly 11:3 (April 1979) 195-211.

Marjorie Hornbein: "Dr. John Elsner, a Colorado Pioneer," Western States Jewish Historical Quarterly 13:4 (July 1981) 291-302.

Marjorie Hornbein: "Frances Jacobs: Denver's Mother of Charities." Western States Jewish Historical Quarterly 14 (January 1983) 131-145.

Marjorie Hornbein: "Sol Abraham and Forty Years at National Jewish Hospital," Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Notes 7:2&3 (Winter-Spring 1985) 1-2.

Memoir of Mrs. Frances Jacobs of Denver, Colorado, 1843-1892. Denver: Charity Organization Society, 1892. 22 pages.

Steven L. Ossad and Don R. Marsh: Major General Maurice Rose: World War II's Greatest Forgotten General. Foreword by Martin Blumenson. Lanham, Maryland: Taylor Trade Publishing, 2003.

Pioneering Jewish Women of Colorado on the University of Denver's "Penrose" Presents website. Authoritative information on Frances Wisebart Jacobs ( and others

Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society: "Legacy of Caring: Jewish Women in Early Colorado Charities and Social Activism, 1860-1930," on the Center for Judaic Studies website at the University of Denver.

Michael W. Rubinoff: Rabbi Charles Eliezer Hillel Kauvar of Denver: The Life of a Rabbi in the American West. Denver: University of Denver, 1978.

Samuel Schaefer and Eugene Parsons: "A Brief History of the National Jewish Hospital at Denver," Colorado Magazine 5 (1928): 195.

Ida Libert Uchill: Pioneers, Peddlers, and Tsadikim: The Story of the Jews in Colorado. Boulder: Quality Line Printing Co., 1954, 1979.

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