James Ewing, the first professor of pathology at Cornell University Medical School, was one of the recognized authorities in the United States in the diagnosis and management of neoplastic diseases.1 He was born in Pittsburgh and attended Amherst College, where he seemed more interested in philosophy than the sciences. He received the MD degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, having been especially attracted to pathology under the direction of T. M. Prudden. Ewing received further training in the morphology of malignant tumors from Francis Delafield, whose name is memorialized in the Cancer Hospital in Manhattan. After the completion of clinical training, he spent four years in Prudden's laboratory. At the age of 33, Ewing was called to Cornell as head of the recently organized department of pathology and occupied the chair until 1932.
A great capacity for laboratory pursuits, a limitless concern for instruction,
JAMES EWING (1866-1943)—ONCOLOGIST. JAMA. 1966;197(3):217. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110030111042