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May 30, 1966


JAMA. 1966;196(9):794-795. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100220086032

James Jackson Putnam, son of a physician and maternal grandson of James Jackson, another notable figure in American medicine, was born in Boston, graduated from Harvard College, trained for medicine at Harvard Medical School, and served as house-pupil at the Massachusetts General Hospital.1 Devoting two years to postgraduate work in Europe, he spent various lengths of time in Vienna, Leipzig, Paris, and London and was influenced especially by Rokitansky, Meynert, and Hughlings Jackson. On his return to Harvard, he was appointed lecturer on a novel, but practical, subject-the application of electricity in nervous diseases. Continuing to serve on the faculty, Jackson progressed to the professorship of diseases of the nervous system in 1893, and served until 1912 as Harvard's first professor of this subject. Exemplary of the firm ties between Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital, Putnam started a neurological clinic at the hospital and served as

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