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December 16, 1998

Frederic Theodore Jung, MD

JAMA. 1998;280(23):2049. doi:10.1001/jama.280.23.2049

Frederic Theodore Jung, MD, characterized by colleagues as among the last of the old-school multidisciplinary physician-scholars, died at the age of 100 on July 1 in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Ill, where he had lived since 1938.

Dr Jung was an American Medical Association (AMA) staff member from 1946—following his retirement from the Northwestern University Medical School faculty—until his second retirement in 1963 (2 years after his wife's death) as an assistant editor of JAMA in charge of abstracts and translations. He then returned in a part-time role as consultant to the AMA's departments of health education and of magazine relations and contributing editor of the Association's (then) consumer magazine, Today's Health, until 1974. Elliott H. McCleary, Today's Health editor in the late 1960s, recalled that Dr Jung always was gracious, highly knowledgeable in medicine and many other subjects, and the classic scholarly physician of his generation.