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February 15, 1965


JAMA. 1965;191(7):594-595. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080070078015

The only son of George Barclay Harley and Margaret Macbeath was born at Harley House, Haddington, in East Lothian, when his father was sixty-three and his mother forty.1 His father died shortly thereafter and he was raised by his mother and grandmother. His education was gained first at the Haddingtonburgh school and Hill Street Institution and later at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated MD in 1850. After serving as house surgeon and resident physician to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Harley invested in a five-year period of study and research. Several of the best clinics and research institutes in Europe, staffed by outstanding medical scientists, were selected. The laboratories of Dollfus, Verdeil, and Wurtz in Paris were visited first. It was here that iron was identified as a normal constituent of the urine and the cherry color traced to urohematin.2

The effects of nervous stimulation on the