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A Proven Experiment: Looking Back at the UMKC School of Medicine
Edited by Jerald A. Burton and Patricia G. Burton
Copyright: 2014
Hardcover: 306 pages
Publisher:  Rockhill Books, The Kansas City Star

Take Wing! Interesting Things That Happened On My Way to School
By E. Grey Dimond, MD
Copyright: 1991, 2nd printing 2006
Softcover: 403 pages
Publisher: Diastole-Hospital Hill, Inc.

A Very Private Public Citizen:  The Life of Grenville Clark

By Nancy Peterson Hill
Copyright: 2014
Harcover: 207 pages
Publisher: The University of Missouri Press


The Reverend William W. Whitehead Mississippi Pioneer: His Antecedents and Descendants
By E. Grey Dimond, MD
Copyright: 1985, 2nd printing 1990, 3rd printing 1997, 4th printing 2013
Hardcover: 426 pages


Patrick Dimond/Diamond/Dimon: Eighteenth Century Migrant: A Survey of His American Descendants
By E. Grey Dimond, MD
Copyright: 1995
Hardcover: 222 pages

…restless, questing, hopeful people: A Narration of American Lives: The Morrisons, Schmidts, Whiteheads, Dimonds
By E. Grey Dimond, MD
Copyright: 1996
Hardcover: 153 pages

Dimond’s Doodles
By E. Grey Dimond, MD
Copyright: 1980
Softcover: 20 pages

Essays By An Unfinished Physician: Lessons From People, Patients, and Life
by E. Grey Dimond, MD
Copyright: 1994
Softcover: 205 pages

Milepost 80
By E. Grey Dimond, MD
Copyright: 2000, 2nd printing 2008
Softcover: 122 pages

Milepost 85
By E. Grey Dimond, MD
Copyright: 2003, 2nd printing 2008
Softcover: 135 pages

Distant Milepost
By E. Grey Dimond, MD
Copyright: 2007, 2nd printing 2010
Softcover: 234 pages

Milepost 40- A Medical School at 40
By E. Grey Dimond, MD
Copyright: 2011
Softcover: 106 pages


The Art, Architecture and Artifacts of Diastole: A Walking Tour
Softcover, spiral binding: 29 pages

The Origins of Diastole of Hospital Hill: Diastole Scholars’ Center
Softcover, tape binding: 26 pages

Shaping Wood
Copyright: 1999, 2nd printing 2003, 3rd printing 2007, 4th printing 2010
Softcover, spiral binding: 74 pages


Electrocardiography. 1st Edition, Mission, Kansas: Corinth Press, 1952.

Electrocardiography. St. Louis: CV. Mosby Company, 1954.


Electrocardiography. 2nd Edition, Syllabus For Electrocardiography, University of Kansas School of Medicine, 1957.


Digitalis. Springfield, Illinois: Charles C. Thomas, 1957.


Paul Schlesinger, MD, Rafael L. Luna, MD., Electrocardiography. 3rd Edition, Distribution by The Corinth Press, Mission, Kansas, 1961.

The Exercise Electrocardiogram in Office Practice. Springfield,Illinois: Charles C. Thomas, 1961


Editor, Paul Dudley White: A Portrait, The Reuben H. Donnelley Corporation, New York, 1965.
The American Journal of Cardiology, Vol. 15, no. 4 (April 1965): 433-603.


Electrocardiography and Vectorcardiography. 4th Edition, Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1967.


The Academic Plan for the School of Medicine: University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1969.


Paul Wood Revisited. The Reuben H. Donnelley Corporation, New York, 1972. The American Journal of Cardiology, Vol. 30, no. 2 (July 25,1972): 121-196.


More Than Herbs and Acupuncture, W.W. Norton and Company, New York, NY: 1975.


Inside China Today: A Western View, W.W. Norton and Company, New York, NY: 1983.


Ed Snow Before Paoan: The Shanghai Years, printed for the The Edgar Snow Memorial Fund, Inc., courtesy Diastole-Hospital Hill, Inc., 1985, second printing 1990, and third printing 1994.


Letters From Forest Place, Edited by E. Grey Dimond and Herman Hattaway,

Published by the University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, Mississippi, 1993.
(Diastole owns the cinematic rights to this story.)


Genealogy Archives

Located in the Captain’s Room this collection consists of files of personal correspondence between E. Grey Dimond and distant relatives.  It is a collection of census, county records, letters, lineage, and all research pertaining to the family names of Dimond and Whitehead, and the relative counties of Mississippi.

These files are located in a two-drawer wood file cabinet just to the right as you enter the the Diastole’s Captain’s Room.

Also included in this collection are numerous books gathered in the years of E. Grey Dimond’s genealogy research.  These books line the bottom two shelves of the bookcase in the NE corner of the Diastole’s Captain’s Room.


Kansas City History

A collection of books on the history of Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas is located in the Diastole’s Captain’s Room on the top two shelves of the book case in the NE corner. Included are pictorial history books, maps, and books on points of interest in Kansas City.

E. Grey Dimond, M.D. Personal and Professional Library

Located in Diastole’s Mary Clark Dimond Photo Gallery, this collection contains photo albums, scrapbooks, travel diaries, and commonplace books of Dr. and Mrs. Dimond’s life and travels.  The Library houses the books and articles published by E. Grey Dimond, articles leading to the founding of UMKC School of Medicine, and a variety of professional memorabilia.


China Book Collection

Located in the curved bookcases in Diastole’s Piano Room, this collection encompasses all of Diastole’s books relating to China.


The Rubaiyat Collection

This collection is housed in the Omar Khayyam Room.  Named for the 11th – century Persian poet, astronomer and mathematician Omar Khayyam, the room houses over 3,000 versions of Khayyam’s most famous work, The Rubaiyat.  The collection features numerous translations, illustrations, and memorabilia.  The collection has been donated to the UMKC Miller Nichols Library and is fully catalogued by the Library, but is permanently housed at Diastole. 

Read the story of how Dr. Dimond began his collection of the Rubaiyat.


The Diastole Library

The Diastole Library is located on the 3rd floor in Diastole, but through the years has expanded over the entire house. It is classified on the basis of a simplified Library of Congress Classification, and is a 4,000 + volume library.


Reference Collection

The Encyclopedia Britannica, National Geographic, and the Unabridged Oxford Dictionary are in the Administrator’s office on Diastole’s second floor.  Of special note are the National Geographic magazines beginning in 1913 to current date.  From 1950 to current date the collection is 100% complete.  From 1913 to 1949 the collection is over 70% complete.


University Archives:

The E. Grey Dimond, M.D. Papers

The E. Grey Dimond, M.D. Papers at the University of Missouri-Kansas City were established at University Archives in 1981 as a gift from Dr. E. Grey Dimond.  Over the years, several additions have been made to the collection.  The Papers amount to nearly 100 cubic feet of material. Access to the Papers may be obtained through:

University Archives
302 Newcomb Hall
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499


The Mary Clark Dimond Papers

E. Grey Dimond, M.D. donated the papers of Mary Clark Dimond to the University Archives and the Edgar Snow Collection in 1983 at the time of her death.  The collection includes personal and professional papers, books and periodicals and associated materials related to Edgar Snow and modern China.


Other Special Collections at Diastole

  • Woodcarvings by E. Grey Dimond, located throughout Diastole and especially in the link off the kitchen to the guest apartments

  • Photos by Mary Clark Dimond, located throughout Diastole and especially the Mary Clark Dimond Photo Gallery

  • The Dean’s Wall Portraits of the Past Deans of UMKC School of Medicine, located in the Captain’s Room

  • Gourd collection, located in the kitchen display case

  • The Ralph O. Linville German Stein collection, located on the wall of the Sunroom

  • History of Diastole display and memorabilia, located in a display case in the link to the Kiva

  • Bev Doolittle prints located above the credenza at Diastole’s west (Holmes Street) entrance

  • Eric Storey artwork located throughout Diastole that includes a large collage

  • Cardiology books and biographies located in third floor library

  • Frank Lloyd Wright books and materials, located in third floor library

  • 12 Charles Harper prints and books about Harper, located in third floor library

  • Silver Collection located in the Administrator’s office

Diastole Collections
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