Lives of the fellows

Thomas McCrae

b.16 December 1870 d.2 July 1935
AB Toronto(1891) MB(1895) MD Hon DSc MRCS FRCP(1907)

Thomas McCrae was born at Guelph, Ontario, the eldest son of Lt.Col. David McCrae, who was of Scottish descent, and his wife Janet Eckford. He was educated at Toronto University, where he graduated as A.B. in 1891 and M.B. in 1895 and held a fellowship in biology from 1892 to 1894. After holding resident appointments in Toronto General Hospital, he obtained one at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, under Osier. In 1899 he worked at Göttingen, returning to Baltimore to become successively instructor, associate and associate professor of medicine. In 1912 he went to Philadelphia as professor of medicine in the Jefferson Medical College and physician to the Jefferson and Pennsylvania Hospitals. During the 1914-1918 War he was attached to a Canadian War General Hospital with the rank of lieutenant-colonel.

McCrae, who was well-known on both sides of the Atlantic, took the Conjoint Board’s qualification in 1900 and delivered the Lumleian Lectures at the Royal College of Physicians in 1924. He was a close friend and associate of Osler; together they wrote Cancer of the Stomach (1900), Modern Medicine (1907), and A System of Medicine (1907-10), and McCrae helped to edit the editions of Osler’s Principles and Practice of Medicine published after 1916. In 1908 he married Osier’s niece, Amy Gwyn of Dundas; they had no children. His brother, John McCrae, pathologist, physician and poet, was the author of In Flanders Fields.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1935; B.M.J., 1935; Presidential Address to R.C.P., 1936, 15]

(Volume IV, page 485)

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