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Who was Harrison?

Who was Harrison?

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Dr Tinsley R. Harrison (1900 - 1978) was an American physician and the editor-in-chief of the first five editions of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, a textbook well-known to medical students and junior doctors, including those who have trained in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Sydney.

Tinsley Randolph Harrison was born in Talladega, Alabama on 18th March, 1900. He studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and graduated with the degree of M.D. from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1922. His first appointment was to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine as chief resident physician in 1925. From 1941 to 1950 Harrison worked at universities in North Carolina and Texas where he served in various roles, including professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine.

In 1950 Harrrison moved to the Medical Center of the University of Alabama where the Cardiovascular Division developed an eminent reputation under his direction between 1957 and 1964. He was considered a leading heart specialist of the time. He was editor-in-chief of Principles of Internal Medicine from 1945 to 1965.

Tinsley Harrison died on 4th August, 1978 in Birmingham, Alabama.