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Thomas McCrae Family Papers
1 linear ft. (1 box)
Thomas McCrae was born in Guelph, Ontario on December 16, 1870. He attended the University of Gottingen and the University of Toronto, graduating from the latter in 1895 with an A.B. and in 1903 with an M.B. Upon graduation he had internships at Toronto General and Johns Hopkins Hospital. He remained in Baltimore where he became an Instructor in Medicine at Johns Hopkins University in 1901 and an Assistant Professor of Medicine in 1906. In Baltimore Thomas also became friends with William Osler, with whom he would go on to write "Modern Medicine" and whose niece, Amy Gwynn, he would marry. In 1912 Thomas became Chair of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College. He remained there until his death on June 30, 1935.
John McCrae, Thomas McCrae's younger brother, was born in Guelph, Ontario in 1872. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1894 in arts and in 1898 in medicine. John interned at the Toronto General Hospital, the Garrett Hospital at Mount Airy, and the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He continued his medical work at the Royal Victoria Hospital and McGill University, where he became both a Lecturer in Pathology and a Lecturer in Medicine. In addition to being a doctor, John was also a poet and a soldier, and he is probably best known for writing "In Flanders Fields." John served in the first Brigade of Canadian Artillery and as an internist at a base hospital during WWI. He died of pneumonia and meningitis on January 28, 1918.
Scope and Contents
This collection includes information by or about Thomas McCrae and his brother John McCrae. The bulk of the collection consists of Thomas McCrae's publications, although it does also include biographical material, two addresses, correspondence, manuscript writings, news clippings, and ephemera. The material related to John McCrae includes several of his medical publications, photocopies of several of his poems, and a memoir.
Organization and Arrangement
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