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April 16, 1938

Short Years: The Life and Letters of John Bruce MacCallum, M.D., 1876-1906

JAMA. 1938;110(16):1313. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790160071035

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John Bruce MacCallum, brother of Dr. W. G. MacCallum, was born June 8, 1876, and died in 1906—just 30 years of age. After studying at the University of Toronto and Johns Hopkins, he traveled to Germany for postgraduate study. He returned broken in health and much of the rest of his brief career was spent in search of recovery. He was in Denver as a teacher of anatomy and at the University of California, where he worked with Jacques Loeb. In 1905 he acquired a severe albuminuria which, associated with extensive chronic tuberculosis, resulted in his death. Dr. Archibald Malloch has written the biography of the man largely by the use of his letters and poems. For those who knew him and who knew the families of Osler, Malloch and MacCallum, this book will constitute a beautiful as well as a most interesting volume of memory and reminiscences.

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