James Homer Wright

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James Homer Wright
BornApril 8, 1869
DiedJanuary 3, 1928(1928-01-03) (aged 58)[1]
Known forneuroblastoma
Scientific career
InstitutionsMassachusetts General Hospital

James Homer Wright (April 8, 1869 – January 3, 1928) was an early and influential American pathologist, who from 1896 to 1926 was chief of pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Wright was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In 1915 he joined with Dr. Richard C. Cabot to begin publication of the Case Records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. These began regular publication as the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal which later became the New England Journal of Medicine.

In 1924 Wright, along with Dr. Frank B. Mallory, published Pathological Technique: a Practical Manual for the Pathological Laboratory. The book saw eight editions and for many years was the standard textbook in the field.

He is the "Wright" in Wright's stain, and the "Homer Wright rosettes" associated with neuroblastoma.[2]

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  1. ^ Archives of Pathology - Google Books. 1965-01-01. Retrieved 2013-08-15 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Lee RE, Young RH, Castleman B (2002). "James Homer Wright: a biography of the enigmatic creator of the Wright stain on the occasion of its centennial". Am. J. Surg. Pathol. 26 (1): 88–96. doi:10.1097/00000478-200201000-00011. PMID 11756774.