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James B. Murphy, 1924. Photo by Louis Schmidt

Courtesy of the Rockefeller Archive Center

James B. Murphy was a student of William Welch at Johns Hopkins, where his interest in research was kindled. Initially he wanted to follow his father's successful career in psychiatry and had published two papers before finishing his medical training. However, his father's death from cancer in 1907 turned his interests toward a career in pathology. After an internship at the Pathological Institute on Wards Island, New York, he decided to pursue cancer problems. He applied for a fellowship with Peyton Rous at the Rockefeller Institute and quickly became absorbed in a starling new dilemma over the cause of cancer. - Entering an Unseen World, pp. 7-8


James B. Murphy, RIMR, pathology


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