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January 4, 1980

Henry T. Ricketts, MD, diabetes specialist, dies

JAMA. 1980;243(1):14. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300270008005

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Henry Tubbs Ricketts, MD, 78, former senior editor of JAMA and a specialist in diabetes research, died of Alzheimer's disease on Nov 23, in Oak Lawn, Ill.

Born on Aug 11, 1901, in Berlin, W Germany, Ricketts received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, Boston, in 1929. He served his internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and from 1931 to 1933 did his residency in internal medicine at Billings Hospital of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

From 1933 to 1967 he was on the staff of the University of Chicago and held various appointments in the Department of Medicine until he was named emeritus professor of medicine. It was during his tenure at the university that Ricketts carried out work on the medical problems of aviators and on metabolic diseases. He also initiated the use of animals for diabetic research.

In 1966