Edward Jerald Van Liere

Born Kenosha, Wisconsin, October 30, 1895
Died Morgantown, WV, September 5, 1979


B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1915
M.S., University of Wisconsin, 1916
M.D., Harvard University, 1920
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1928
Litt.D., Medical College of Virginia, 1949

Offices of Instruction and Administration

Instructor, Physiology, University of Wisconsin, 1917
Assistant, Physiology, University of Chicago, 1917
Professor, Physiology, University of South Dakota, 1920-21
Professor, Physiology, West Virginia University, 1921-1966
Chair, Physiology, West Virginia University, 1921-1955
Dean, School of Medicine, West Virginia University, 1935-1960
Dean Emeritus, School of Medicine, 1960-1979
Professor Emeritus, School of Medicine, 1960-1979

Membership in Societies

Fellow of the American College of Physicians
Member, Phi Beta Kappa
Member, Alpha Omega Alpha
Member, Sigma Xi
Member, American Physiological Society
Member, Society of Experimental Medicine and Biology
West Virginia State Medical Society
Member, American Medical Association
Affiliate, Royal Society of Medicine (London)

Initiator of West Virginia University’s
School of Medicine Membership in the InterMedical Fraternity
Phi Sigma Nu, March 21, 1924


Order of Vandalia, West Virginia University, 1968




Forward to the Bibliography

While institutional awareness of Edward J. Van Liere stressed—and rightly so—his importance to the very being of the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center, the purpose of this monograph is to focus on the publications of an accomplished researcher/educator, its scientific and educational impact, and the legacy it created.  Therefore, the material which makes up this work reflects the long career of Edward Jerald Van Liere: physiologist, medical educator, academic dean, and journal editor.

The journal citations are listed in chronological order; the first journal article appearing in 1916 and the last in 1974. The total number of articles is two-hundred and twenty-nine.  The nine books that Dr. Van Liere wrote are also in chronological order; the first book appearing in 1942 and the last in 1979. The style of the bibliographic citations is original to the manuscript as I received it and has not been changed. The format was kept in the interest of historicity and may not reflect those in current usage. The initial paper listed in the bibliography written in 1916 is notable for two reasons: it was written by a young undergraduate who showed a facility to collect, analyze and conclude from data, and, it was accepted by the Journal of the American Medical Association, which itself, though a young journal, already had an established reputation. The third and fourth papers, both accepted by the American Journal of Physiology in 1926 and 1927 respectively, were the basis for Van Liere’s PhD thesis The Effect of Anoxemia on the Size of the Heart As Studied by the X-Ray and the Significance of the Pericardium in Acute Cardiac Dilatation Produced by Anoxemia. Anoxia and its effects on the heart and the gastrointestinal system was to remain a research interest for the next fifty years.

As a researcher Van Liere has more than 225 research articles to his credit. The majority of these papers led to the publication of two books: Anoxia: Its Effects on the Body (1942) and Hypoxia (1963). The latter was written in collaboration with J. Clifford Stickney, his colleague and associate professor in the department of physiology. When first published, the books were greeted with appreciation for their solid research and contributions to existing knowledge; today they are part of the early literature on high altitude physiology.

Included in this bibliography are those articles and editorials which appeared in the West Virginia Medical Journal—the publication of which Dr. Van Liere was associate editor and regular contributor for forty years. The bulk of these articles discuss various aspects of medical education and reflect his tenure as dean of the medical school. As an educator, Dr. Van Liere knew the importance of the library to medical education and research and said as much in his article “Growth of [the] Medical Library.” He also recognized the importance of providing library services to the medical profession throughout the state.  This early view of the library’s purpose is similar to the Health Sciences Library’s current mission statement.

I wish to thank Wilbert E. Gladfelter, Professor Emeritus, Department of Physiology, for writing the Tribute and for being the source of much of the material contained herein including the text of Dr. Van Liere’s bibliography. Dr. Gladfelter also reviewed the annotations. Dr. Robert D’Alessandri, former Dean of the Medical School, wrote the Introduction, and Dr. David Z. Morgan wrote the Appreciation.

I also wish to thank Kim Glass who typed the manuscript, as well as Thea Browne, Harold M. Forbes and Michele White for their research assistance.

Thanks also goes to Nghi-Anh Brusoe for her technological skill and innovations. Special appreciation goes to Dolores Fleming for her enthusiastic response to and encouragement in this effort. I am deeply grateful not only to her, but to Gail Galloway as well for their comments and suggestions when reviewing this manuscript.

Heartfelt and special thanks go to Joelle Mascolli of Thomson/ISI for her expert searching of Science Citation Index.

Finally, I wish to acknowledge and thank the two Annas, Anna Crawford and Anna Hughes whose editing skills and textual suggestions made this effort come together to make the whole the sum of its parts.

Sally Brown
Health Sciences Library
West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia