Ralph H. Major, M.D.
Ralph H. Major, M.D., was born in Liberty, Missouri, on August 29, 1884. He was a graduate of William Jewell College (B.A., 1902) and Johns Hopkins University (M.D., 1910), where he also completed his internship. In 1914 Dr. Major was recruited from Stanford University to the University of Kansas School of Medicine as Professor and Chairman, Department of Pathology. He left Kansas in 1919 to accept a post at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Major returned in 1921 as Professor and Chairman, Department of Internal Medicine, a position he held for 29 years. In 1950 Dr. Major became Professor and Chairman, Department of History of Medicine. He retired in 1954.
Dr. Major was the author of numerous medical publications, including "Physical Diagnosis", a textbook used by several generations of medical students, and "An Account of the University of Kansas School of Medicine," which describes the school's first 50 years.
The 1955 Jayhawker M.D., which was dedicated to Dr. Major, describes him as "a man oustanding for his proficiency in many brances of the Art and Science of Medicine."
Dr. Major died on October 15, 1970 at the age of 86.
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