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 was chief of pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1896 to 1926. Wright was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[2]

In 1915, he joined with 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 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.[3]

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  1. ^ Archives of Pathology - Google Books. 1965-01-01. Retrieved 2013-08-15 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ "Dr. James H. Wright". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, PA. January 6, 1928. p. 5. Retrieved September 1, 2022 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  3. ^ 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. S2CID 23554365.