The Warrens and Other Pioneering Clinician Pathologists of the Massachusetts General Hospital During its Early Years

An Appreciation on the 200th Anniversary of the Hospital Founding

Robert H Young; David N Louis


Mod Pathol. 2011;24(10):1285-1294. 

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The End of the Beginning: William T Councilman and James Homer Wright

William T Councilman arrived at HMS to succeed Fitz as Shattuck Professor of Pathological Anatomy in 1892. This augured a new era of pathology in Boston, reflecting the changing times.[28] Although he never worked at the MGH, he had a seminal role in the development of pathology there because of his recommendations in the early 1890s to the MGH Trustees to establish a Pathology laboratory and to hire a full-time pathologist to oversee all of the laboratories (ie, bacteriology, autopsy, etc, as well as surgical pathology), and through the recruitment to MGH of one of his students, James Homer Wright, to the position. Dr Wright had been working at the Boston City Hospital since 1893. He assumed this position on 13 March 1896 when he was still only 26 years old.[2] The new MGH laboratory was officially opened on 16 October 1896, the 50th anniversary of the first public demonstration of the use of ether anesthesia, appropriately linking Wright's appointment with the first John Collins Warren. A new era began but the contributions of the early pioneers are clearly deserving of their own place in the annals of pathology.


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