George W. Thorn
George W. Thorn (January 15, 1906 - June 26, 2004) was an American physician whose contributions lead to new treatments of kidney diseases and adrenal gland disorders, most notably Addison's disease. Thorn was Chief of Medicine at Boston’s Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, presently known as Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Thorn pioneered the use of cortisone for treating Addison’s disease, and devised an early test for this disease, now known as the Thorn test. His research of cortisone and ACTH led to new treatments of other diseases such as hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.
He participated in the first successful kidney transplant in the 1950s. Thorn was a founding editor and editor-in-chief of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. He was a professor at Harvard Medical School, and held a number of other teaching positions at other schools.
- Krug, Nora (July 18, 2004). "George Thorn, 98, Pioneer In Addison's Disease, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
- "In Memoriam George W. Thorn, 1906-2004" (Press release). Howard Hughes Medical Institute. July 1, 2004. Retrieved February 22, 2012.