Shields Warren

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Shields Warren
Shields Warren, American pioneer pathologist and expert in medical radiation
Born(1898-02-26)February 26, 1898
DiedJuly 1, 1980(1980-07-01) (aged 82)
Alma materBoston University
Harvard Medical School, M.D., 1923
Known forThe Buchenwald touch
Scientific career
FieldsHealth physics
Biological effects of ionizing radiation
InstitutionsU.S. Navy
Harvard Medical School
New England Deaconess Hospital
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
Notable studentsEleanor Josephine MacDonald
John D. Boice, Jr.
InfluencesOliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
(anatomical Papier-mâché models)
Harvey Cushing
Stuart Harvey Mudd
Hugh Cabot
InfluencedEleanor Josephine MacDonald
William Avison Meissner
John D. Boice, Jr.
Shields Warren

Shields Warren (26 February 1898 – 1 July 1980) was an American pathologist. He was among the first to study the pathology of radioactive fallout.[1][2][3] Warren influenced and mentored Eleanor Josephine Macdonald, epidemiologist and cancer researcher.[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

Endowed professorship[edit]

  • Shields Warren Mallinckrodt Professorship of Clinical Research, Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Shields Warren Award, Boston University

Health Physics Society[edit]

  • Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award, 1974
  • Founders Award, 1985

Professional service[edit]


  • Exposure Rates and Protective Measures against Radiation. Warren, Shields. (15 February 1963). Exposure Rates and Protective Measures against Radiation. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society. Vol. 107, No. 1: 18-20.


  • Collected Reprints. Shields Warren. (1921). Pathology.
  • Sanitary Survey of Rochester, New Hampshire, 1922. Shields Warren. Harvard University Press, (1922). 114 pages.
  • The Sanitary Survey as an Instrument of Instruction in Medical Schools. Milton Joseph Rosenau, Shields Warren. (1924). 11 pages.
  • Medical Science for Everyday Use. Shields Warren. Lea & Febiger. (1927). 178 pages.
  • Synopsis of the Practice of Preventive Medicine: As Applied in the Basic Medical Sciences and Clinical Instruction at the Harvard Medical School. Shields Warren, editor. Harvard University Press, (1929). ISBN 9780674365308. 396 pages.
  • Salivary Gland Tumors. Neil W. Swinton, Shields Warren. (1938).
  • Tumors of Dermal Appendages. Harvard University. Cancer Commission, Shields Warren, Olive Gates, Wesley N. Warvi. (1943). 79 pages.
  • A Handbook for the Diagnosis of Cancer of the Uterus: By Use of Vaginal Smears. Olive Gates, Dr. Shields Warren, George N. Papanicolaou. Harvard University Press. (1947). 182 pages.
  • Introduction to Neuropathology. Samuel Pendleton Hicks, Shields Warren. McGraw-Hill. (1950). 494 pages.
  • Atomic Bomb Injury—Radiation, Charles Little Dunham, Eugene P. Cronkite, George Veach Le Roy, Shields Warren. Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. (1951). 13 pages.
  • The Cancer Problem. Volume 1 of Series on the early recognition of cancer. Shields Warren. American Cancer Society. (1954). 27 pages.
  • National Nuclear Energy Series. Manhattan Project Technical Section. Division 8 - Vol. 8: Medical Effects of the Atomic Bomb in Japan. Ashley W. Oughterson, Shields Warren. McGraw-Hill (1956). 477 pages.
  • The Pathology of Ionizing Radiation, 1961. Monograph in the Carl Vernon Weller lecture series. Shields Warren. The University of Michigan. (1961). 42 pages.
  • The Pathology of Diabetes Mellitus. Shields Warren, Philip Medford LeCompte, Merle A. Legg. The University of Michigan. (1966). 528 pages.
  • Tumors of the Thyroid Gland. Volume 4 of Atlas of tumor pathology: Second series. William A. Meissner, Shields Warren. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. (1982). 135 pages.


  1. ^ Shields Warren. Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Accessed January 2015.
  2. ^ Tedeschi, Luke G. "Shields Warren: The legend and the man." The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 1.4 (1980): 297-302.
  3. ^ Brues, A.M. (1981). Shields Warren: (1898-1980). Radiation Research: November 1981, Vol. 88, No. 2, pp. 430-435.
  4. ^ Marchiafava, Louis J. (19 May 2000). Eleanor Macdonald. Making Cancer History, Voices Oral History Project. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Oral History Project. Houston, Texas.
  5. ^ Shields Warren Festschrift: This Issue is Dedicated to Dr. Shield Warren in Honor of His 60th Birthday ; it is Made Up of Contributions from His Many Colleagues and Students. Volume 64; Volume 66 of A.M.A. Archives of Pathology. Shields Warren. American Medical Association. (1958). 246 pages.
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