John Whitridge Williams

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John Whitridge Williams (January 26, 1866 – October 21, 1931) was a pioneering obstetrician at Johns Hopkins Hospital.


He was born in Baltimore, Maryland on January 26, 1866. He received his A.B. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1886. He received his M.D. from the University of Maryland in 1888. He then studied bacteriology and pathology at universities in Berlin and Vienna. In 1889 he returned to Baltimore to be an assistant to Howard A. Kelly at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.[1] He died on October 21, 1931 from complications of an abdominal surgery.[2] After serving under Dr. Howard Kelly, J. Whitridge Williams was appointed as chief of Obstetrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, a position he held until his untimely death in 1931. J. Whitridge Williams was the author of the first five editions of the Williams Obstetrics textbook.[3]

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  • Ram Point, Williams' summer estate in Rhode Island


  1. ^ "The J. Whitridge Williams Collection". Johns Hopkins Hospital. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  2. ^ "J. W. Williams, World-famous Doctor, Dies. Chief Obstetrician At Hopkins Underwent Minor Operation. Was Former Dean Of Medical School. Descendant Of Family That Practiced Medicine For 160 Years". Baltimore Sun. October 22, 1931. Retrieved 2010-07-04. Dr. John Whitridge Williams, International authority on maternity and chief obstetrician of Johns Hopkins Hospital and a former dean of the Johns Hopkins Medical School, died at 9.15 o'clock last night. 
  3. ^ Williams, J. Whitridge (1904). Obstetrics: a textbook for the use of students and practitioners. New York: Appleton. OCLC 3126017. 

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