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Mumford, James Gregory (02 December 1863–19 October 1914), surgeon and medical writer, was born in Rochester, New York, the son of George Elihu Mumford, a lawyer and banker, and Julia Emma Hills. As a child, Mumford suffered an attack of rheumatic fever and later was incapacitated many times during his life from heart disease. Educated at the St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire, he entered Harvard College in 1880 and graduated with the class of 1885. He afterward matriculated at the Harvard Medical School, graduating in 1890 and in his senior year serving as house officer at the Massachusetts General Hospital. After further training at the Boston Lying-in Hospital and in some of the hospitals in Europe, he was appointed in 1892 to the staff of the Carney Hospital in Boston. That same year he married Helen Sherwood Ford; they had no children. In 1894 Mumford received the appointment of surgeon to outpatients at the Massachusetts General Hospital, the institution he was closely associated with for the next eighteen years. In 1892 and 1893 Mumford served as surgeon to the Naval Brigade, Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, and later was commissioned in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army....

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Stitt, Edward Rhodes (22 July 1867–13 November 1948), naval surgeon and author, was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, the son of William Edward Stitt, a merchant and former Confederate army officer, and Mary Rhodes. Stitt’s mother died in 1870, and Stitt was brought up by an aunt in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He attended a private school before enrolling in the University of South Carolina, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1885. He attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, earning a Ph.C. in 1887, then received an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1889. He had already been accepted into the U.S. Navy Medical Corps and was commissioned an assistant surgeon....

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Thorek, Max (10 March 1880–25 January 1960), surgeon and author, was born in the Tatra Mountains of Hungary, the son of Isaac Thorek and Sarah Mahler, both physicians. He received his preliminary education in Budapest. In the spring of 1897 a pogrom occurred in the area, and Thorek’s brother was killed. The family left Hungary for the United States in 1900. They settled in Chicago, where they struggled to subsist....